Events

  • Mon
    08
    Jan
    2018
    14:00 - 17:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    The purpose of this session is to prepare a group of volunteer focus group facilitators to run focus groups so we can gain a greater understanding into how people experience loneliness. The information will help us work with local voluntary sector organisations to meet the needs of residents in Reading who are lonely and socially isolated.

    If you would like to take part as a volunteer focus group facilitator then the training is free. If you are interested in the training but do not want to help out with the focus groups, we can keep you on a waiting list and offer spaces that are available closer to the time.

    The training will cover
    -What is a focus group and what can it be used for?
    -Structure of focus groups
    -Types of questions
    -Creating an environment that encourages people to speak
    -Flexibility and structure – when to stick to plan and when to deviate
    -Set up and administration of your focus group

    The training is targeted at people who are used to working with groups and leading group activity and we will ask participants to demonstrate a level of experience before offering a place on the training.

    Please email ready.friends@rva.org.uk to express interest in the workshop.

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018
    12:15 - 14:00RISC Conference Hall

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Reading City of Sanctuary is hosting a get together with people and organisations in Reading who believe Reading is a welcoming town and want to engage directly with members of the refugee and migrant community to extend a hand of welcome.

    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.

    We hope this lunch time get together will get us talking about how we can work together. Find out how you can get involved and pledge your support to Reading City of Sanctuary

    RSVP to info@reading.cityofsanctuary.org

  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018
    19:45 - 21:15Caversham Pimary School Hall

    Hemdean Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7RA

    Blackthorn Nursery in Hampshire was transformed into a garden when the owners retired. It features alpines and other plants collected over 30 years, which were once the nursery’s stock in trade. Jon Evans will show us some of his garden’s beautiful and unusual plants using his own photographs.

    Non-members are welcome – tickets are available for £3 on the door. There is plenty of parking in the school grounds.

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018
    17:30 - 19:30Battle Library

    420 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EE

    This is a new date for this event that had to be cancelled in December.

    Loneliness is a national problem, considered to be at epidemic levels. Reading is no exception, but it needn’t be that way. Join us for an introductory workshop to find out more about how you can become a Champion to End Loneliness for Reading.

    Anyone can be a champion, supporting the cause of ending loneliness through a wide range of ways. As a champion, you will have the opportunity to:
    -Learn: from the very latest research and examples of good practice
    -Campaign: for change and encourage more people to take a role in ending loneliness in Reading
    -Connect: with like-minded people to share ideas and identify ways to work through challenges
    -Act: Become a befriender or get support to set up an initiative in your community

    The workshop is about enabling and informing you to be able to take action to tackle loneliness in a way that suits you. The workshop will cover:
    -Info about loneliness from recent national and Reading-specific research
    -Introduction to what some local charities are doing to reduce loneliness
    -Discussions: what are you doing/what can you do to help?
    -Opportunity to sign up to our pledges

    The workshop is free, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk so we know how many people to expect.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018
    13:00 – 16:30RISC Main Hall

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:
    -Electronics
    -Mechanical items
    -Computers (hardware/software)
    -Toys/Furniture
    -Clothing/textiles
    -Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. There’s also tea, coffee and homemade cake!

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    13:00 - 15:00Elevate 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 rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms.

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    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
    -Reporting
    -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 www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018
    19:30 - 21:30CIRDIC

    Berkeley Avenue, Reading RG1 6JT

    Reading SOUP's is back at CIRDIC to blow away the January Blues with the usual delicious mix of Community Projects, music, art and home-made soup!

    The Pitchers, Musicians and Artists for this event are TBC.

    How Reading SOUP works:
    -Pay £5 entry and get a warm bowl of soup
    -Local Groups & Projects Pitch about their work to the crowd
    -The crowd vote for their favourite Project
    -The Project with the most votes wins ALL of the door money

    Find out more at: www.readingsoup.com.

     

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    10:30 - 16:00British Red Cross

    Reading Office - John Nike House, 90 Eastern Avenue, Reading RG1 5SF

    The training day will give you a chance to learn more about the hosting service, how you can get involved as a volunteer, ask plenty of questions and meet current volunteers. Lunch will be provided.

    If you have any friends, family, community groups, companies or charities who might know people interested in attending, please pass this on, or ask them to contact us on info@sanctuaryhosting.org or by phone on 07378 302491.

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018
    13:00 – 16:30RISC Main Hall

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:
    -Electronics
    -Mechanical items
    -Computers (hardware/software)
    -Toys/Furniture
    -Clothing/textiles
    -Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. There’s also tea, coffee and homemade cake!

  • Wed
    21
    Feb
    2018
    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 ready.friends@rva.org.uk.

    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
    21
    Feb
    2018
    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.

    RSVP to info@reading.cityofsanctuary.org

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018
    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 info@acre-reading.org or phone on 01189 510279.

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    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 www.thefsi.org/services/training

  • Thu
    08
    Mar
    2018
    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 info@rgneighbours.net if you need this code.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

     

  • Tue
    13
    Mar
    2018
    15:00 - 16:30Estates and Facilities Building

    Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading RG6 6BL

    Dr. Rayner Mayer will guide us on Reading University’s ‘Energy Trail’ – including:
    -The Carrington Building, which is well-insulated and uses shallow geothermal heat
    -The University’s Combined Heat and Power installation which provides district heating and electricity

    Meet in the reception of the Estates and Facilities Building, Whiteknights Campus – the tour should last until about 16:30. The 21 and 21A buses stop on campus. If travelling by car please use Car Park 1a.

    For details contact Rayner by phone on 07902 712097 or John on 07503 626167.

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018
    10:45 - 12:30The Reading Irish Centre

    96 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    Professor Ed Hawkins is famous for his beautiful animations of climate data, giving us a clear picture of what is happening. As part of British Science Week, Ed will be joining us in at the Sunday Assembly to help us visualise that changes that are happening to our planet. Doors open at 10:30 with the Assembly starting at 11:00. The best way to meet new people is to come early.

    Ed is a climate scientist at the University of Reading who has a passion for communicating visually about how the climate has changed. His climate spiral Visualisation was even used in the Rio Olympics opening ceremony.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre and welcomes all ages and all backgrounds.

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018
    11:30 – 13:30Reading Community Learning Centre

    94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ

    Reading Community Learning Centre is celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday 21 of March 2018 along with its Women’s Day celebration. Come and enjoy the wonderful international food on sale by our learners or pamper yourself with some beauty treatments by our students at a reduced price. All the money raised from the sale of the treatments and food will go towards the continued great work of Reading Community Learning Centre.

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) helps ethnic minority women and their families living in the Reading area by reaching out and empowering isolated and vulnerable women to grow their skills, confidence and independence. We do this through learning, support and friendship.

    Contact details
    Email: rclcaisha@btconnect.com
    Phone: 01189 595455

  • Wed
    21
    Mar
    2018
    19:30 - 21:30RISC Conference Hall

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Congestion, Air Quality and the East Reading Mass Rapid Transit are vital local issues, and the Council is starting to revise its Transport Plan. So Reading Friends of the Earth have decided to run a public meeting to review the issues and gather evidence, arguments and supporters.

    The aim is to raise awareness and improve understanding of:
    -Road pricing, congestion charging, low emission zones
    -Issues and options around revision of Reading’s transport strategy
    -Transport issues around East Reading MRT

    A revised plan must tick all the boxes of congestion, clean air, climate and cost.

    Speakers:
    -Jim Dunning (a retired town planner) will ask “should we provide for demand?”
    -Reading FoE members will talk about the future regional traffic figures and emissions modelled for the ‘Smart M4’ and about local air quality
    -John Sharpe (of Save Our Ancient Riverside) has agreed to speak about the MRT traffic figures
    -Dr. John Walker (author of “Road Pricing: Technologies, economics and acceptability”) will give a presentation

  • Mon
    26
    Mar
    2018
    09:30 - 13:00Gateley PLC

    The Blade, Reading RG1 3BE

    Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. If you or your team works directly with members of the public, MECC could help you make a bigger difference to the residents you serve.

    Reading Borough Council are offering a free training session on MECC, specifically for voluntary sector partners and volunteers who are in contact with members of the public. This interactive session will help you to develop practical skills to reduce loneliness, support people to stay well and to enjoy healthier, happier lives.

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time for registration and refreshments. RSVP to Michelle.berry@reading.gov.uk or Suzie.watt@reading.gov.uk to secure your place. A maximum of 18 places are available.

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018
    10:00 - 15:00Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    ACRE’s fourth pan-equality conference will be on the topic of ‘Exploring Exploitation’.
    Discussion points will include:
    -What is exploitation?
    -How does it start?
    -Who can be exploited?
    -Where can they get help?
    -How can we stop exploitation in our communities?

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
    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 friends@fccg.org.uk.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018
    14:00 - 16:30Thames Lido (The Changing Room)

    Napier Road, Reading RG1 8FR

    The formal business will be completed within 30 minutes or less. After a break for tea and coffee, Matthew Williams, Reading Museum Manager, will give a talk on ‘Back to the Future – Reading’s Heritage and Reading’s Future’. As we work towards the reopening of the Abbey ruins on 16 June this is a very timely presentation.

    Contact details
    Email: bennettbaker@msn.com
    Phone: 0118 959 8350.

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018
    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 www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, please cancel within 5 working days to enable someone else to attend.

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    10:00 - 12:30Reading Railway Station

    1 Station Hill, Reading RG1 1LZ

    Terry Dixon’s tours are hugely popular, scoring 5/5 on TripAdvisor and 4.9/5 on Facebook. He has kindly agreed to hold a Walkabout for Sadaka, a non-profit charity (operated wholly by non-salaried staff) which provides hot meals and a place to talk for the homeless in Reading.

    Sadaka serves meals twice weekly at Fairview Community Centre. Join in Terry’s Walkabout to raise money so we can continue to help our community!

    The cost is £5 for adults, £2 for children or £12 for a family of four.

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    13:00 - 15:00The Weller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Reading RG4 5NA

    Come along to the Reading Caribbean Cultural Group's afternoon taster workshop this Saturday at The Weller Centre and find out more about the design, construction and the whole costume-making process. Try your hand at designing and learn new skills to make a costume for the road!

    For more information please contact the Weller Centre directly on 07870 198584 or Erma on 07939 201332 or you can email us at rccgofficial@gmail.com. The workshop is free to attend, all abilities welcome.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018
    13:00 – 16:30RISC Main Hall

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:
    -Electronics
    -Mechanical items
    -Computers (hardware/software)
    -Toys/Furniture
    -Clothing/textiles
    -Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake.

    Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Mon
    16
    Apr
    2018
    19.30 - 20.30Watlington House

    44 Watlington Street, Reading RG1 4JR

    Reading Caribbean Cultural Group is pleased to announce Socaerobics sessions in association with the Merrello Movements Dance company. The sessions will run at Watlington House on April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 and 14.

    £6 per session or free when you register to join the RCCG T-shirt band! These sessions will get you ready for the road in time for Reading Carnival on Monday 28 May 2018! Register for RCCG band at the class. All abilities welcome.

    Entrance to Watlington House hall is via South Street. Free parking.

  • Tue
    17
    Apr
    2018
    19:00 - 21:00The Weller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Reading RG4 5NA

    Reading Caribbean Cultural Group are excited to announce their costume making workshops which will begin on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at the Weller Centre. These will run at the same time and place on Tuesdays for five weeks: April 17, 24 and May 1, 8 and 15. Come along and learn new skills, design and make a costume or customer piece and get Carnival ready!

    For more information please contact the Weller Centre directly on 07870 198584 or Erma on 07939 201332 or you can email us at rccgofficial@gmail.com. The workshops are free to attend, all abilities welcome.

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018
    11:00 - 23:00Forbury Gardens

    Reading RG1 3BB

    Weekly street food market crew Blue Collar are bringing a cheese festival to Reading this spring. From Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 April, Forbury Gardens will be home to the Cheese Feast, stalls selling mac ’n’ cheese, gourmet cheese toasties and cheesecake will sit alongside local cheese producers and a bar full of craft beer, prosecco and spring cocktails.

    Free entry event

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018
    10:00 - 15:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham RG4 7AD

    An Econet event promoting local woodland products and wildlife friendly gardening. Bean Poles, Pea Sticks, plants, Willow products, reconditioned tools and tool sharpening service for sale.

    There will also be stalls representing a variety of local organisations including:
    -Reading and District Beekeepers (Honey and beeswax products plus information about bees and beekeeping)
    -Women's Institute (Jams and chutneys)
    -Traidcraft (Fairtrade goods)
    -Food4Families
    and others.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018
    10:45 - 12:00The Reading Irish Centre

    Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    With major concerns about air quality, as well as climate change, have we started a shift away from diesel and petrol towards electric vehicles? Are they more environmentally friendly? Can our electricity system cope? Find out the latest developments and perhaps consider whether you are ready to go electric!

    This month we are joined by Anthony Simpson, who is currently working for the University of Reading on a two-year project with a Marlow-based electric car leasing and smart services company, with the objective of creating business models for smart charging of electric cars.

    Then add some great songs, sung with The Word Of Bob and all the other fun things that make a Sunday Assembly.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre and welcomes all ages and all backgrounds.

  • Wed
    25
    Apr
    2018
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Canoe Club

    The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7TH

    You are invited to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens AGM on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

    A brief business meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk by garden historian Kate Felus. Based on her book, The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden, Kate will reveal the previously untold story of how great landscapes were used in the eighteenth century.

    Free event. Members and non-members are very welcome.

    Contact details
    Email: friends@fccg.org.uk
    Phone: 0118 954 5779.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    12:00 StartSub 89

    110-117 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EP

    The "Are You Listening?" Festival, in partnership with Reading Mencap, returns for its 6th year, following its continuing overwhelming success. To date the music festival has raised over £40,000 for the local charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families.

    The one-day music festival is held across Reading town centre venues, including Sub89, South Street Arts Centre, St Laurence Church, Rising Sun Arts Centre and more.

    The festival features nearly 70 bands, some of the biggest UK names and Reading’s best local acts. We’re very excited about sets from Mercury Prize-nominated Field Music and cult indie favourites The Lovely Eggs. On the local lineup look out for Saltwater Sun, Mellor and Vienna Ditto.

    Tickets are available from the website at http://areyoulistening.org.uk for £22.50.

  • Tue
    01
    May
    2018
    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
    -Reporting
    -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 www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Wed
    02
    May
    2018
    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 2 May (full day) and 11 June (2 half day workshops). The workshops are free (with a £50 refundable deposit) and the deadline for registration is 27 April 2018.

    For more information about the learning programme workshops see the EDF website at www.edf.org.uk.

    Click here to Register

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018
    14:00 StartReading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.

    This year, it doesn’t just cover London: Reading is also taking part, with themed events taking place across Reading Libraries and reviews of the book submitted in May entered into a draw to win a bottle of Spanish wine. This year's book is The Muse by Jessie Burton.

    Paul Crooks will come to Reading Central Library to talk about his knowledge of family history. Paul traced his family back six generations to slaves captured in the Krobo Mountains in Ghana and then to the sugar plantations in Jamaica. Paul published his book Ancestors in 2002. Paul will talk about his novel and his amazing journey to trace his family history.

    Entry is £4 Library members/£5 non-members.

  • Mon
    07
    May
    2018
    11:00 - 13:00St Michael's Church Hall

    The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JX

    St Michael’s Church Tilehurst Mini Spring Fayre with the Big Raffle. Join us for coffee and cake and a chance to buy from various stalls including plants and handicrafts at the Church Hall on the Spring Bank Holiday, Monday 7 May.

    All services and events at St Michael’s are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    08:30 - 17:30Circle Hospital Reading

    100 Drake Way, Reading RG2 0NE

    Reading Lions Club invites all local men over 45 or those who are younger and have a family history of prostate cancer to come along to the Circle Hospital Reading on Saturday 12 May 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, which you can download from the website at www.readinglions.org.uk.

    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.

    If you have suffered flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea, or vomiting within 48 hours prior to your visit, we ask you not to attend this event in order to reduce the risk of transmission to others.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    11:00 - 16:00The Forbury Gardens

    Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3HS

    The launch event of the ever popular Reading’s Children Festival returns to the Forbury. The festival starts on Saturday 12 May with Forbury Fiesta in Forbury Gardens. The Gardens are the perfect venue for a giant party with loads of fun activities including arts and craft, sport and music/dance workshops, as well as entertainment all day.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    14:00 StartReading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    A talk by RBC Chaplain Una Chandler, who came to Reading from Barbados in the early 1960s, aged 17, with £2 in her pocket. Una will share her memories of a happy but very hard life in Barbados and then her relocation to 1960s Reading and talk about her book A Long Way from Home. If you haven’t met Una before she is an amazing woman and this will be an excellent event.

    Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.

    This year, Reading is also taking part, with themed events taking place across Reading Libraries and reviews of the book submitted in May entered into a draw to win a bottle of Spanish wine. This year's book is The Muse by Jessie Burton.

    Free event

  • Tue
    15
    May
    2018
    10:00 - 12:00Reading Deaf Centre

    131-133 Cardiff Road, Reading RG1 8JF

    Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to celebrate deaf culture and raise awareness that over 11 million people in the UK (1 in 6) are deaf or have a hearing loss.

    Reading Deaf Centre are marking the importance of this celebration by holding a free Deaf Awareness Course on 15 May 2018, between 10:00 and 12:00.

    This course will give some helpful tips and advice on how to communicate with someone who is deaf or has hearing loss, information on technology, and the opportunity to learn some simple British Sign Language.

    To book your place please email: info@readingdeafcentre.co.uk or call Bernie Prizeman on 01189 594969 (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 – 15:30).

  • Tue
    22
    May
    2018
    10:00 - 12:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Are you a voluntary or community group based in Reading and looking at ways to increase your funding? RVA are hosting a Funding Fair on Tuesday 22 May

    This event will include short presentations from:
    -Big Lottery – who will provide an update on Reaching Communities funding and the new Partnerships Funding that went live this month
    -Berkshire Community Foundation – who will give an update on key funding available to Reading groups
    -Crowdfunder - who will give an introduction to crowdfunding, what it is suitable for and how it works

    The morning will also include an opportunity to network with other local community groups and charities and will be followed by 1:1 slots with the funders, so you can canvas your ideas for funding with them.

    Please register your interest for this event at www.eventbrite.co.uk. Due to popularity, spaces are limited to 2 people per organisation and organisations must be operating services in Reading.

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018
    19:00 – 20:30Battle Library

    420 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EE

    A talk by Mike Cooper (author of We Cannot Park on Both Sides) and Ray Parkes about the remarkable men and women from Reading who volunteered to serve and fight for the Republican government in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Mike and Ray will also discuss some of the striking poster art from this time.

    Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. This year, Reading is also taking part, with themed events taking place across Reading Libraries.

    Entry is £4 Library members/£5 non-members.

  • Mon
    28
    May
    2018
    12:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND

    Reading Carnival returns to mark its 41st Anniversary on 28 May 2018.

    We had an amazing year last year and this year we want to make the Carnival even better by aiming to getting EVERYONE in the community involved!

    Come and join the festivities by lining the streets for the parade and enjoy some delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment from the Caribbean and around the world at Prospect Park until 19:00. Carnival is a truly inclusive and family-friendly event, so everyone is welcome!

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 - 16:00Whitley Wood Fire Station

    270 Whitley Wood Road, Reading RG2 8FS

    Berkshire Fire and Rescue are having an open day at the Whitley Wood Fire Station. Join us for a fun-filled day:
    -Road traffic collision demos
    -Aerial Ladder Platform demos
    -Water Rescue Boat
    -Young Fire Fighter demos
    -Reading Rockets Basketball
    -Heavy Rescue Unit
    -Chip Pan Unit demo
    -Traffic Police
    -BBQ
    -Ice cream van

  • Tue
    05
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 - 16:00Outside Oracle shopping centre

    Broad Street, Reading RG1 2BH

    Come along and meet the volunteering team from the Royal Berkshire Hospital. There will be people there from voluntary services, the League of Friends, the Royal Berks Charity and the Berkshire Cancer Centre. There are plenty of volunteering roles in the hospital to have a chat about and see what you might be able to help out with.

  • Wed
    06
    Jun
    2018
    18:00 - 23:00Shehnai Olympia Ballroom

    75-77 London Street, Reading RG1 4QA

    The Reading Volunteer Awards are returning once again. The awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. After the success of last year’s awards, we are delighted to be holding the event again in 2018, celebrating those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills.

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    10:30 StartReading Civic Centre

    Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    We are very excited to tell you that Sport in Mind will be holding their annual sponsored walk on Saturday 9 June 2018. They will be raising money to help benefit people experiencing mental health problems in Berkshire, through running sport and physical activity sessions.

    The walk will start at 10:30 at the Reading Civic Centre and then take a scenic stroll to the Cunning Man Pub (Burghfield Road).

    There are 2 options for the walk: a 5.5km walk to the Cunning Man where there will be refreshments and you will be able to get a bus back into Reading, or you can continue with the walk back to the Civic Centre as well, which will be 11km round trip.

    To take part all you need to do is to email info@sportinmind.org to register your interest. You will then be send information about how to donate your £5.00 registration fee and how to get started raising your sponsorship, no amount is too small!

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018
    11:00 - 16:00Victoria Recreation Ground

    Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG13 6HT

    Annual Summer Fete by League of Friends Royal Berkshire Hospital.

    There will be stalls, refreshments and entertainment:
    -Arena events including dog shows throughout the day
    -Singers and dancers will also be performing
    -Plenty of charity and business stalls
    -Games and inflatables

    See the website at lof-royalberks.org.uk for more information. If you have any queries please phone 01183 228592 or email lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    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 in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. The event includes live entertainment, children's activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls.  

    This year's Reading Water Fest will coincide with the official reopening of Reading Abbey and the start of the Reading Abbey Revealed Festival.

    If you are a stallholder and would like to join us, please complete the online application form. There will be a fee of £50 for all commercial stalls and community/charity stalls are able to apply for a stall for free. The deadline for all applications is Friday 11 May 2018.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    10:45 - 12:15The Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    This month at the Sunday Assembly we are thrilled to have our very own Keegan Neave (Satellite Applications Catapult) explaining one of his passions. Tell us Keegan!

    Satellites are all around us and though we typically can't see them, they are always in the background providing essential services and data to help us on Earth. Two unusual examples are tracking illegal fishing at sea and monitoring the environmental impact of open cast mining, I'll be explaining how and why satellites are invaluable for these tasks.

    Then add some great songs, sung with The Word Of Bob, and all the other fun things that make a Sunday Assembly. If the weather stays lovely we’ll picnic in Forbury Gardens after at about 13:15.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre and welcomes all ages and all backgrounds.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    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.

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    2018
    14:00 - 16:00Whitley GrowAllot

    Meavy Gardens, Reading RG2 7RD

    Come along and celebrate summer at the Whitley GrowAllot Community Picnic and BBQ.

    • Everyone welcome
    • Bring your own picnic
    • BBQ available to cook your own food (separate meat and vegetable)
  • Fri
    22
    Jun
    2018
    10:00 - 16:00Beech Hill Memorial Hall

    Wood Lane, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2BE

    This fun, energetic one-day course introduces you to Community Organising – the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community Organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.

    During this course you will explore:

    • What community organising is
    • The importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues
    • Power in communities and why it matters
    • How to motivate people to take action
    • How to take your next steps in community organising and social action

    This course is run by Community Organisers Ltd for Community Council for Berkshire and funded by DCMS as part of the Community Organisers Expansion programme.

    The course trainers are experienced and committed Community Organisers. The course is approved as quality training provision by Certa and as approved CPD. All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

  • Thu
    28
    Jun
    2018
    18:00 - 19:00Reading University

    London Road Campus RG1 5AQ

    The School of the Built Environment (SBE) has invited Nature Nurture's Director, Natalie Ganpatsingh to deliver a lecture on 'Nature & People in our Urban Future'.

    The lectures are part of the Reading 2050 lecture series, which provide a platform to discuss how Reading should evolve into a smarter and more sustainable city by 2050 and is structured around three themes:

    • Place and Environment
    • People and Lifestyle
    • Economy and Employment

    Admission to the lecture is free.

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018
    11:00 - 12:00Coley Park Commmunity Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading  RG1 6DW

    A walk of roughly one mile in Coley Park. When the ground is dry enough we walk in the water meadows and along the Holy Brook. It is a lovely walk and we have seen deer, red kites and herons.

    If the ground is wet we walk around the streets and explore the area. Wear suitable clothing and footwear as we walk on uneven ground. Meet at Coley Park Community Centre at 11:00.

    Contact Annie O'Neill at annie.oneill@newhorizons.uk.com for details.

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018
    11:00 - 16:30Forbury Gardens and Broad Street

    Reading Town Centre

    Reading pays tribute to the Armed Forces and its veterans with a host of family-friendly music and activities in the beautiful surroundings of Forbury Gardens, as well as Broad Street in the town centre.

    Enjoy an afternoon of live music from the bandstand in Forbury Gardens, culminating in an Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation ceremony.

    Highlights will be performances from Diane James as Dame Vera Lynn and a military band who will be performing at both Broad Street and the bandstand at Forbury Gardens. There will also be activity stands in Broad Street where the Salvation Army will be performing.

    Entry to the gardens is free so bring a picnic - refreshments will also be available. For more information contact 0118 937 2771.

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018
    10:00 onwardsProspect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND

    The Berkshire Motor Show this year will be held at Prospect Park in Reading raising funds for the fire fighters charity. All the usual attractions will be there including a fun fair, vehicle display, crafts, food and stalls. The show is now open to classic cars, custom, rod, bikes, tractors and even steam vehicles.

    The event is for the whole family to enjoy and is accessible for disabled people. There will be trophies for Best 4x4, Best Classic, Best Customised, Best Club Stand, Best Motor Bike, Best in Show and Best HGV.

    Public car parking is a donation of £2. Entrance to the event by walkers is by donation to the charity - marshals will be holding buckets. For disabled parking please ask a member of staff.

    Contact details:
    Mobile: 07990 667503
    Email: stephawbery@outlook.com

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018
    10:30 - 12:00Healthwatch Reading

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

    Reading people are warmly invited to joining us in celebrating the 5th birthday of Healthwatch Reading on 5 July 2018. It is a double celebration as the National Health Service also turns 70 that day. We’ll celebrate these annual milestones at our annual general meeting over tea, coffee and cake. We will look over our achievements over the last year and what the future will look like for health and social care services.

    Contact details:
    Email: info@healthwatchreading.co.uk
    Phone: 01189 372295

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018
    09:00 - 18:00Hennerton Golf Club

    Crazies Hill Road, Wargrave RG10 8LT

    The Lions Club of Reading organises a Prostate Cancer Awareness Event each year at The Circle Hospital, Reading. On that day, men are tested free of charge for early signs of prostate cancer.

    Last year, 1500 men attended, 37 of whom underwent subsequent treatment. While the test is free, Reading Lions have to pay the NHS £20 for each blood sample to be tested.

    To help cover these significant costs, Reading Lions are organising their 4th charity golf day on 6 July at Hennerton Golf Club. A team entry is £220 and individuals can enter for £55. Full details and entry forms are available at www.readinglions.org.uk/index/golfday.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018
    12:00 - 15:00Rabson's Recreation Ground

    Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF

    Face painting, talent contests, live music, bouncy castles, free BBQ, tug of war, Battlezone, and a giant slide and assault course: these are just some of the activities and events you will find at the South Reading Churches Fun Day.

    Join us for a great afternoon for all the family at Rabson's Rec! Details at https://www.facebook.com/SouthReadingChurches

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018
    12:30 - 16:30rLab

    Unit C1, Weldale Street, Reading RG1 7BX

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:

    • Electronics
    • Mechanical items
    • Computers (hardware/software)
    • Toys/Furniture
    • Clothing/textiles
    • Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake.

    Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018
    11:30 - 13:30Reading Community Learning Centre

    94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ

    You are invited to attend the presentation of the independent community research report looking into the needs of ethnic minority women living in Reading and how RCLC meets those needs.

    The research was organized and led by Dr Sally Lloyd Evans, Associate Professor at the University of Reading. The data analysis and questionnaire design was by Lorna Zischka, Post-doc Researcher at the University of Reading. RCLC staff, learners and volunteers carried out the research in the community.

    The presentation of the report, funded by Comic Relief, will be followed by lunch.

    If anyone would like to attend, please RSVP to Aisha Malik by 12 July 2018. Email aishamalik@rclc.org.uk or phone 01189 599009.

  • Tue
    24
    Jul
    2018
    10:15 - 13:15Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, it is important that volunteers as well as paid staff receive basic safeguarding training.

    This course will cover

    • Basic information on Child Protection and Safeguarding Children and Young People
    • Types of abuse, including child trafficking, child sexual exploitation and FGM
    • How to recognise abuse: the signs and symptons
    • What to do when you recognise abuse: the referral process
    • The importance of a multi-agency approach in safeguarding children and young people
    • Safe practice

    Who should attend: Anyone who works or volunteers with a charity, community or voluntary sector group in Reading whose work or volunteering brings them into contact with children or young people in whatever circumstances, whether they are new to the role or require a refresher.

    The trainer: These sessions are hosted by RVA and will be delivered by approved Safeguarding Trainers, who have received training via Reading Borough Council, Safeguarding Children Services.

    Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk. The cost is £10 per person and includes refreshments and handouts.

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018
    10:45 - 12:15The Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    This month at the Sunday Assembly Reading we are going to be talking on the weighty subjects (which are often of no practical use) and the trivial (the important stuff that is real life).

    Philosophical Dating takes the format of Speeding Dating, but we're looking for intellectual enlightenment, experience sharing and having a laugh rather than romance. No background in philosophy is required in the slightest.

    Then add some great songs, sung with The Word Of Bob, and all the other fun things that make a Sunday Assembly. If the weather stays lovely we’ll picnic in Forbury Gardens after at about 13:15.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre and welcomes all ages and all backgrounds.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
    10:00 StartColey Park Comunity Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading RG1 6DW

    Come and join us for Breastfeeding Berkshire’s sixth time hosting a Big Latch On for Reading!

    This year isn’t just about the Big Latch On though. We’re turning 5 years old too! You are invited to help us celebrate 5 years of mothers supporting mothers.

    You don’t need to be a Breastfeeding Berkshire member to come along to the event. We welcome former members, pregnant women and breastfeeding supporters as well as your families. Please invite anyone you think might be interested! We’d also like to extend a special invite to anyone who are ever helped admin or moderate the group.

    For the latest details please the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/247881245968096/.

  • Sat
    04
    Aug
    2018
    11:00 - 21:30Abbey Rugby Football Club

    Peppard Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8XA

    A music festival for adults and young people with additional needs. Our site is completely flat and wheelchair friendly. The music is not too loud with no flashing lights. We have a sensory area and chill out tent.

    The site is large, with plenty of room to move about and adjacent parking. We have all the usual festival things – food, drink, stalls, workshops and of course fantastic music and a DJ festival set to close.

    Bring a chair, tent, gazebo and settle down for a fantastic day!

  • Tue
    07
    Aug
    2018
    13:00 - 16:00John Rabson Recreation Ground

    Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF (next to South Reading Leisure Centre).

    Berkshire Youth are holding a Community Youth Day on Tuesday 7 August. From sport and youth club games and challenges, to film making and dance, there’s something to capture everyone’s interest – and it’s all free!

    Fun and Games - 1-3pm, all ages

    Research and Video Production - 1-4 pm, ages 12-18. Booking required - call Charlotte on 07825 699050 or email charlotte@berkshireyouth.co.uk

    Basketball with the Reading Rockets - 1-2pm, all ages

    Berkshire Youth Games and Challenges - 2-4pm, all ages

    Rugby with London Irish HITZ - 1-4pm, ages 14-19

    Get Berkshire Active Sports Samplers - 1-4pm, ages 10-18.

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018
    11:00 - 14:00The Weller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 5NA

    The Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday 8 August 2018. The event is open to all and will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition.

    Disabled people, their families, carers, voluntary organisations and other service providers will have the opportunity to gather and be part of what promises to be a fun-filled and informative day. The free event will take place from 11:00 to 14:00 at the Weller Centre.

    The day will include free refreshments, information stalls, performances, entertainment for adults and children as well as interactive disability awareness sessions. There will be activities for people of all ages including Seated Tai Chi, Pampering Club and Messy Play.

    A poster for the event can be downloaded here. To find out more about the day please contact 0118 937 2383 or email pdsn@reading.gov.uk.

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018
    11:30 - 17:30Abbey Rugby Club

    Peppard Road, Reading RG4 8XA

    Spectacular Family Fun Day in aid of Bishopswood Special School Charity, attractions include Animal petting farm, Disney Characters, Strong man competition, Ukukele, Punch & Judy and Clown Shows.

    Other activities available are Craft Stalls, Hot Food and Bar, Coconut shy, Train and Tractor rides, and more.

    £5 per family. All proceeds to charity.

    Contact details:
    Email: vickyjdoe@hotmail.com
    Phone: 07495 547792

  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018
    14:00 - 16:30Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Drop in to the gardens for an afternoon of reading and stories with "Get Reading reading", and creative crafts with members of the Friends. Activities are suitable for children of up to 11 years of age. The charity run Tea Kiosk will be open for hot and cold drinks and home-made cakes. Free Event.

  • Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018
    12:00 onwardsKing's Meadow Park

    Reading RG1 8BN

    Reading Pride's annual Parade & Festival returns for its fifteenth year on Saturday 1 September at Kings Meadow. The Festival kicks off when the Parade arrives at 12:00 with a full line-up of entertainment throughout the day along with a funfair, youth area, a wide range of food, drink and marketstalls.

    Pride is organised by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and provides free fun for all the family. For more information see the website at readingpride.co.uk.

  • Sun
    02
    Sep
    2018
    14:00 - 17:00Abbey Ruins

    Abbey Street, Reading RG1 3BA

    The Friends of Reading Abbey, Friends of Reading Museum and The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens are holding their summer party on the first Sunday of September. Come and join us in the newly restored Reading Abbey Ruins.

    An afternoon of family fun, live music, refreshments and much more. Free Event.

  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018
    11:00 - 12:00Oddfellows Meeting Hall

    118b Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7NQ

    Join the Royal Voluntary Service Reading for a free 50+ yoga session focused on breathing exercises and meditation. You will have the chance to explore yoga from the very basics and meet other people from the area sharing an interest in wellbeing and physical activities. This is an opportunity to both keep fit and find out more about the philosophy and ideas behind yoga.

  • Sat
    08
    Sep
    2018
    14:00 - 17:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Take a tour of the historic gardens and fine specimen trees and visit the listed 17th Century summer house to see an exhibition about Extraordinary Women of Caversham available on Saturday and Sunday.

    Guided tours of the beautiful gardens and the listed 17th Century summer house give a unique glimpse of the history of the house that once stood on this site, of the families who lived here and the history of Caversham and its links with Reading, across the Thames.

    Sensory tours for visually or hearing impaired people are available on request, led by experienced guides from the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens. The charity-run Tea Kiosk will be open on site.

  • Mon
    10
    Sep
    2018
    10:00 - 12:15Abbey Baptist Church

    Reading RG1 3BE

    Come and hear how Home-Start Reading has supported families across Reading during 2017-2018. Matt Rodda MP will be our guest speaker, giving an insight into the importance of our local voluntary sector.

    Coffee will be available from 10:00 with the AGM from 10:15-11:30. This will be followed by a strategy update (with sandwiches) until 12:15.

  • Tue
    11
    Sep
    2018
    17:30 - 19:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Are you passionate about a cause in Reading, have links to particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee?

    Join the Social Action Mentors:

    • Receive basic good governance training from the RVA Advice Worker
    • Put this into practice by mentoring your community group
    • Be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading
    • Great for your personal and professional development!

    At this launch event you will have the opportunity to find out more, receive some initial training and meet other Social Action Mentors. Light refreshments from 17:30, with a 17:45 start.

    The event is free, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Thu
    13
    Sep
    2018
    09:30 - 13:30Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

    Marlow Road, Nr Marlow, Berkshire SL7 1RR

    The September network will focus on funding, with external presenters discussing top tips when applying for funding, partnership working, recent funding opportunities and networking breaks.

    Forum objectives:
    -Networking
    -Sharing good practice
    -Creating new partnerships
    -Gaining insight and information

    Arrival and refreshments from 09:30 with a start time of 10:15, followed by networking and lunch at 13:15.

    We hope to see you in September, if you have any questions please contact Cathy Carr by emailing cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org.

    Please reserve your place at http://gba.sportsuite.co.uk as soon as possible.

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    13:00 - 16:0025 Whiteknights Road

    Reading RG6 7BY

    Join us for our annual harvest fete – a great opportunity to visit our lovely garden, have fun and help raise money for our work!

    Buy plants grown by our clients, enjoy a barbecue and homemade cakes, try your luck on the tombola, choose a good book from our second hand stall, bring along apples to turn into fresh juice, find a unique gift at our studio pottery seconds and handicraft stalls, relax to live music – and more!

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    13:00 - 16:30RISC Main Hall

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:

    • Electronics
    • Mechanical items
    • Computers (hardware/software)
    • Toys/Furniture
    • Clothing/textiles
    • Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake.

    Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018
    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 for a charity, if you would like a refresher of the role, or if you would simply like to find out more about being a treasurer, this course is for you. If you aren’t yet volunteering as a treasurer but would like to, RVA can then help place you with an organisation to put your new skills into practice

    Aims of the workshop

    • To build an understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organization
    • To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organization
    • To give confidence about the issues that are likely to be faced by a treasurer of a small voluntary 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, but will also be suitable for volunteers who are stepping up to the role of treasurer.

    The course is at our reduced rate of £50 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 info@rgneighbours.net if you need this code.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    10:00 - 18:00Reading Town Hall and St Laurence's Church

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    Reading's Vegan Festival is a celebration of all things vegan. It's an opportunity for anyone who wants to find out more, to try food, hear inspirational and informative speakers, find out what a range of local and national charities do and find out more about the range of ethical and cruelty free products that are out there.

    Expect to see stalls selling vegan hot and cold food, makeup, perfume, clothing, tea and coffee. We are expanding our workshops and demos this year, plus we have the hugely popular face-painting and story time for all kids big and small.

    The festival festival will take place in the Town Hall, as well as St Laurence's Church, and with a street food market in Market Place.

    The event is free so it's accessible for everyone, whether you're already vegan, curious about veganism or had never given it a thought in your life before!

  • Tue
    25
    Sep
    2018
    13:15 - 15:30Reading Quaker Meeting House

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB

    An information and advice session aimed at those age 65+, covering areas such as: paying for care, benefit eligibility and planning for later life.

    This is a free event in an accessible venue and refreshments will be supplied. The event is supported by the NatWest Skills and Development Fund.

    Please contact the Age UK Berkshire office on 01189 594242 or email info@ageukberkshire.org.uk to book your place.

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    12:00 - 16:00Forbury Gardens

    Reading RG1 3BB

    Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. All the food is donated by the wonderful growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked by Reading College students, and served free in Forbury Gardens. The aim is to promote sustainable food production, educating people about the provenance and environmental impacts of food production.

    Alongside the food, there are fun activities for kids and adults, workshops and local food producers. Community groups will set out their stalls and music from local bands will keep the tempo going all afternoon.

    Find out more at www.readingtownmeal.org.uk.

  • Mon
    01
    Oct
    2018
    10:00 - 15:00Broad Street Mall

    Broad Street, Reading RG1 7Q3

    Reading is celebrating the UN’s Older People’s Day on Monday 1 October 2018,with a fun-filled day at Broad Street Mall. The annual free event celebrates the contribution of older people to our communities. The festivities will start at 10:00, with a welcome from the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards, and continue until 15:00.

    This will be followed by a range of interactive activities throughout the day including:

    • Singing, dancing and Tai Chi
    • Art and craft workshop
    • Acting and writing workshops
    • A relaxed hour-long guided history walk around Reading Abbey Ruins starting at 12:00 (weather permitting). Places can be booked via Reading Museum’s stall on the day of the event.
    • A walk around the new Lavender Garden on the old Civic Centre site

    There will also be information and advice available from around 40 local organisations.

    The focus for this year is ‘bringing people together’, connecting people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to other communities and to local services. The event will be an opportunity for older people, those reaching retirement age and those with concerns about older parents and neighbours. Come along to find out about activities and opportunities that can help keep you well and connected to your community. Invite your friends and anyone you know who might benefit.

    For further information, please download the publicity flyer here, email opwg@reading.gov.uk or call 01189 372383.

  • Thu
    04
    Oct
    2018
    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, and 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 rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms.

  • Mon
    08
    Oct
    2018
    09:30 - 12:30St Agnes Church

    Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading RG2 8DD

    An ambitious initiative to improve the city’s mental health by making knowledge of psychology widespread is to be launched this October with two screenings of the ground-breaking documentary Resilience.

    The initiative will aim to spread ‘trauma-informed’ knowledge to frontline professionals in key sectors, as well as the general public. ‘Trauma-informed’ refers to a person or service that is aware of how traumatic experiences in childhood, like abuse or neglect, can affect the brain and how best to work with people who have experienced this.

    Anyone who has had mental health issues, or knows anyone who has been excluded from school or been in jail for anti-social behaviour, may be interested to learn how what has happened in childhood can affect many aspects of life in later years. We need to be asking ‘What happened to you?’ not ‘What’s wrong with you?’

    The film Resilience not only explains the science behind this, but also chronicles how a movement in the United States has successfully integrated this knowledge into various services, savings hundreds of millions of dollars and helping tens of thousands of people.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk for a free place.

  • Wed
    10
    Oct
    2018
    09:30 - 11:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Join RVA for their Annual General Meeting 2018.

    This year the theme is Social Action for Reading. Hear inspiring community stories from the RVA team and the organisations we work with.

    -09:30 Breakfast and networking
    -10:00 to 11:30 AGM and meeting

    Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk to let us know you will be coming.

    The library will open at 10:00 so access to the AGM will be through the backdoor to the Central Library – follow the signs.

  • Tue
    16
    Oct
    2018
    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
    -Reporting
    -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. You will leave with an improved knowledge of what the position entails along with how to limit any liability you might face.

    Register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    2018
    19:00 - 21:00Reading International Solidarity Centre

    Conference Hall, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    This annual event is hosted by the Mayor of Reading, Debs Edwards.

    Together, we will think about our theme ‘Breath of Life – How we pray and meditate.’ There will be an opportunity for networking and informal discussion around the theme, as well as some central exchanges and performances by the faith communities in Reading.

    Food will be provided, with Noah’s Pudding as the special desert. This desert is traditionally prepared and shared with neighbours during the Muslim Festival of Ashura.

    Everyone is welcome, we are looking forward to meeting you!

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    09:30 - 12:30New Directions South Reading

    All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, it is important that volunteers as well as paid staff receive basic safeguarding training. This course is for anyone whose work or volunteering brings them into contact with children or young people.

    This course will cover:

    • Basic information on Child Protection and Safeguarding
    • Types of abuse
    • Signs and symptons of abuse
    • The referral process
    • The multi-agency approach
    • Safe practice

    At the end of the session you will:

    • Understand the importance of Child Protection and your role within it.
    • Have improved understanding of signs and indicators of abuse.
    • Understand local Child Protection procedures and what to do if you are concerned about abuse.
    • Be clear about sharing information with others.
    • Have developed confidence in dealing with Child Protection issues appropriately.

    How to book: This course is free of charge.

    Please register online by completing the application form at www.reading.gov.uk/safeguardingchildren to confirm your place.

  • Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    13:00 - 16:30Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:

    • Electronics
    • Mechanical items
    • Computers (hardware/software)
    • Toys/Furniture
    • Clothing/textiles
    • Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake.

    Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018
    18:00 - 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    RVA and Barnabas Fellowship of Churches are co-delivering this workshop for voluntary sector groups in Reading on the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), previously CRB. This is a practical workshop and you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt.

    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 charity’s to gain an overview of the DBS system to inform their Safeguarding Procedures.

    Cost: Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk. The cost is £10 per person.