• Wed
    15:00 - 20:00Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    Reading’s BIG event to explore ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities. The focus of the event will be on taking action to create change at both a personal and organisational level.

    The first half of the event will be for organisations across all sectors. The second half will be more targeted at members of the public, to enter into the conversation alongside local organisations.

    • 15:00-17:00 – How organisations can work better together to address shared issues around loneliness
    • 17:00-17:45 – Market Place, Networking and Refreshments
    • 17:45-19:30 – Let’s Make Reading Friendlier – Public Event
    • 19:30-20:00 – Networking and Market Place

    The full programme will be made available in the coming weeks, but please save the date and register to book your place. For more information please email to

    If you are representing an organisation and would like to attend the whole event, please register here for attendance from 15:00.

    If you want to attend as an individual or just want to attend the evening session, please register here for attendance from 17:00.

  • Wed
    19:00 StartCouncil Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    Reading City of Sanctuary invites you to their interfaith communal event to talk about how faith communities are putting “faith into action” to ensure that Reading remains a welcoming place.

    Refugees, asylum seekers fleeing persecution and violence and some vulnerable migrants are welcomed and supported to engage, feel safe and become part of the Reading Host Society. A Call to Action based on the needs identified by support agencies in Reading:
    -What can you do to make them feel welcome and safe in Reading?
    -What practical action can you take to help facilitate their integration?

    City of Sanctuary is a national movement to a build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Its goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the UK which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities.

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  • Fri
    10:00 - 13:00The Rose Centre

    Oxford Road Community Centre, 344 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1AG

    The Rose Centre is a community-based initiative which celebrates beneficent cultural traditions and rites of passage, and the diverse communities living in Reading. We support individuals and communities that have experience of harmful cultural practices and we advocate the abandonment of such traditions such as FGM, and provide a safe space, informal peer-to-peer support, training and discussions on topical issues.

    This sponsored walk is to raise awareness among the community that The Rose Centre is here, a free resource open to all, and to raise funds to keep it free and open to all. For more details and to participate please contact or phone on 01189 510279.

  • Sat
    08:00 - 17:30Circle Reading Hospital

    Off A33, Reading RG2 0GQ

    Reading Lions Club invites all local men over 45 to the Circle Hospital Reading on Saturday 3 March to learn more about prostate cancer and take a simple PSA blood test. It is well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.

    The test involves a simple blood sample taken on the day. The samples are sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis and a letter is sent to every man taking part with their own individual results.

    Please allow 30 to 45 minutes for registration and the test although this may take longer at busy times. Bring your completed consent form, download from the website at

    There is no parking available at the hospital. Please park at the Madejski Stadium and use the complimentary shuttle bus to and from the hospital.

  • Mon
    11:00 - 16:15Green Park

    100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

    The Equality and Human Rights Framework is a free digital toolkit and learning programme for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations. It’s been designed by the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) to help organisations explore how equality and human rights can help achieve your core purpose, and how you can integrate equality and human rights into your work.

    The learning programme combines three training workshops with online resources and a webinar to make it easy for you to participate. It aims to support community groups and organisations understand how to use the Equality and Human Rights Framework to make a difference. It provides topic overviews, addresses key themes identified by VCS organisations, and gives you the opportunity to explore how you could apply the learning to your own organisation’s work in a supportive context.

    The three learning programme workshops are coming to Green Park on 5 March (full day) and 9 April (2 half day workshops). The workshops are free (with a £50 refundable deposit) and the deadline for registration is 26 February 2018.

    For more information about the learning programme workshops see the EDF website at

    Click here to Register

  • Wed
    09:30 - 16:30Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library (rear doors), Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    In partnership with Reading Voluntary Action, and with support from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is coming to Reading for the first time to deliver a training event on the 7 March, offering small and local charities one of their most popular fundraising subjects: Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations.

    With an estimated 9,000 independent trusts and foundations in the UK giving £2 billion in grants each year they are a prime source of funding for your charity. This course aims to give participants the essential skills and knowledge they need to develop successful fundraising from trusts and foundations.

    This course will benefit those who want to develop, refresh and improve their strategies for successful Trust and Foundation fundraising, including researching, selecting and applying to potential funders. You will learn how to find charitable trusts that can provide funding, along with how to develop a funding plan, apply for funding and follow up your applications.

    The course is heavily subsidised for small charities and voluntary organisations and costs £15 for FSI members. You will need to first join the FSI, but this is free for most small charities.

    For more information on the FSI, how to join and to book your place see the website at

  • Thu
    10:15 - 13:15Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    If you are new to the role of treasurer, have done it for a while but would like to be sure you’re doing the right thing, or would like to find out more about being a treasurer this course is for you.

    Aims of the workshop
    -To build understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organisation
    -To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organisation
    -To leave the workshop confident about the issues that are likely to face the treasurer of a small organisation

    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:
    -Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees
    -Understand the particular requirements for the accounts of a small voluntary organisation
    -Be aware of corporate governance issues facing small voluntary organisations
    -Be ready to resolve issues with record keeping and know where to get help if they need it
    -Be able to determine if the organisation they volunteer with needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts

    The workshop will be open to up to 12 delegates. It will be aimed primarily at new volunteers who wish to act as treasurers in Reading’s voluntary sector.

    The course is at our reduced rate of £40 for Reading-based charities and community groups. There are a limited number of FREE places for RNN members using the usual promotional code - please contact us at if you need this code.

    Please register at


  • Thu
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Free registration at

  • Sat
    14:00 - 16:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Celebrate Easter at the Caversham Court Gardens, where the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be hosting an Easter Egg Trail on a nature theme in the lovely riverside gardens. All young competitors will win an Easter egg prize. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Entry is free, but donations to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be appreciated. The Tea Kiosk will be open for refreshments all afternoon. For further information please email

  • Tue
    18:00 - 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    RVA and Barnabas Fellowship of Churches are holding another workshop for voluntary sector groups in Reading on the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

    The workshop will cover:
    -Background and policy context
    -Regulated Activity and the role
    -Levels of DBS disclosure
    -Completing the DBS form
    -Organisational processes and the update service
    -Working with individuals with unspent convictions
    -Responsibilities and liabilities
    -Help, support and advice available

    Who should attend? This course is for anyone who works or volunteers for a voluntary and community group and is responsible for processing DBS checks, or supervises or manages others. It is also useful for trustees and managers of charitiss to gain an overview of the DBS system to inform their safeguarding procedures.

    Cost: The course is free but please register at to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, please cancel within 5 working days to enable someone else to attend.

  • Tue
    18:00 – 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of what’s expected of trustees as well as providing a networking opportunity with your fellow trustees from the area.

    The areas covered will include:
    -Basic structure of a voluntary organisation
    -Trustee duties and liability
    -Trustee Roles
    -Choosing/understanding your organisation’s structure
    -Your constitution
    -Organisational policies

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees and will also give a valuable introduction to anyone thinking of taking on the role. The session is free but please register at to confirm your place.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sat
    11:00 - 17:00Forbury Gardens, Riverside and Chestnut Walk - Reading

    Reading Borough Council and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust come together to bring you Reading Water Fest.

    Family event that takes place along the Kennet waterway, Chestnut Walk and up to Forbury Gardens. The event includes a parade of canal boats, waterside entertainment, including a duck race! Jazz, folk and acoustic music, traditional dance, community gift stalls and children's arts and crafts.

  • Sun
    12:00 - 18:00Palmer Park

    Reading RG1 3PA

    East Reading Festival is a local community festival that runs in June every year in Palmer Park. The festival aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of East Reading.

    The event culminates in a fun day at Palmer Park with a wide range of attractions, music and performance marquees.

    For more information see the East Reading Festival Website.