Events

  • Wed
    09
    Jan
    2019
    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, 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.

    Please register online at rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms to confirm your place.

  • Fri
    11
    Jan
    2019
    13:00 - 15:30RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Brighter Futures For Children is improving support and accommodation for young people leaving care. Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is a new independent organisation that is providing children’s services on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

    The main aim of BFfC is to protect and enhance the lives of Reading’s children. We help families find long term solutions to ensure children lead happy, healthy and successful lives.

    We are now looking for partners who will collaborate with us as we seek to improve the accommodation and support that we offer young people leaving care. As part of this we intend to commission a new framework that will include supported group living, supported tenancies and supported lodgings. We will also be interested in organisations who can provide support and accommodation for young parents.

    Consequently, we will be hosting a market engagement event on 11 January 2019 and would encourage all organisations interested in this opportunity to attend. At the event we will share our plans, explain how the tender process will work and invite potential providers to inform how we approach this activity.

    Refreshments will be provided. There is disabled parking available on site along with a small number of additional spaces that can be paid for by phone. If the RISC car park is full then there are other nearby options in the Oracle or Saxon Court public car parks.

    Please email james.purdie@reading.gov.uk to confirm your attendance.

  • Sun
    13
    Jan
    2019
    11:00 - 13:00Museum of English Rural Life

    Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    Drop in between 11:00 – 13:00 each second Sunday of the month and enjoy a different activity based on various themes related to The MERL and its collections.

    This month’s craft is all about wool. What can we make with wool? This wonderful material has lots of fun and creative uses. Have fun making your own wool creations – here are some ideas: colourful pipe cleaner letters, shapes, or maybe a sheep too.

    MERL provide the woolly materials; you provide your imagination and create. There will also be demonstrations and examples of other woolly things to inspire you to make: little recycled coil pots, friendship braiding, and card loom weaving.

    Suitable for families with children aged 3 – 12 (adults must stay with their children, and MERL encourage accompanying grown-ups to help their children with the activity).

    No booking required, just drop-in, entry cost £2. All craft materials provided.

  • Tue
    22
    Jan
    2019
    09:00 - 12:30Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    Market Place opportunity for voluntary organisations providing support and activities in Reading for children, young people and/or their families.

    An early opportunity to market your organisation to the social care teams under the new governance of Brighter Futures for Children.

    If this is relevant for your organisation please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place as soon as possible.

  • Tue
    22
    Jan
    2019
    10:00 - 15:00Broad Street Mall

    Broad Street, Reading RG1 7QE

    As part of Big Energy Saving Week, Citizens Advice Reading, Winter Watch and Draught Busters will be in Broad Street Mall, sharing information on how to cut the cost of gas and electricity in the home.

    If you want to find out anything about your gas and electricity bills we can help. Whether it’s finding out about grants for insulation, or switching from one supplier to another, dealing with damp and condensation, or the pros and cons of smart meters, whether it’s cheaper to wash up by hand or by dishwasher, or understanding how to set the timer on your boiler, or anything else about your energy supply, come and see us. We will answer your questions, give you information to take home with you, and, if necessary, arrange appointments with Citizens Advice Reading’s Energy Team, with Winter Watch or with Draught Busters.

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019
    11:30 - 16:00Great Expectations Hotel

    33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Come along and find out about LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) Come and meet LETS members over a cuppa. We trade with each other for "Bricks" - for instance someone may need their computer fixing or you may need your lawn mowing. You will need to have offers and wants ready for joining!

    Well we all have things we want don't we? We all have things to offer - our skills, sewing, gardening, material things we don't need; we could feed a cat, water a garden, take away rubbish, offer transport - the list is endless. LETS is about supporting each other without money and socialising and working together.

    So do join us on Saturday 27 January in The Christmas room at The Great Expectations Hotel, we look forward to meeting you!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • Wed
    30
    Jan
    2019
    18:30 - 21:00St Laurence Church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    Beat the January Blues. Join us for the first Reading Soup of 2019 with inspiring Community Projects, sweet Live Music, stunning Art and tasty vegan Soups!

    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

    Doors open at 18:30 and the main event starts at 19:00. Find out more on the website at www.readingsoup.com.

  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019
    19:00 - 21:00Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    280 Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4PE

    The Reading branch of Berkshire Family History Society start their 2019 monthly meetings, on Thursday 31 January, when Mike Swaddling will be giving a talk entitled Telling Tales: bringing the past to life.

    After retirement Mike was able to follow up an idea inspired by his father's memoirs to help retired people with their reminiscences. Over ten years he visited retirement homes and recorded first-hand stories of lives stretching back almost a hundred years. The stories are as varied as human nature itself, and in his talks he brings a handful of them to life in entertaining fashion and with lots of humour. He will also share some of the techniques he learned on how to get people to talk about their past lives.

    Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:45 start. All are welcome – free entry, but donations gratefully received. We hope to see you there.

    For more information see the Society website at www.berksfhs.org.uk.

  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019
    19:00 - 21:00St Michael's Church Hall

    Corner of Routh Lane and The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JY

    The annual St Michael’s Grand Quiz with fish and chip supper is at 19:00 on Saturday 9 February in the Church Hall.

    Teams to be no more than 6 people – don’t worry if you haven’t got a team, we’ll find you one on the night. £7.50 each or £20 for a family of 4. There will also be a raffle. Tea or coffee provided but BYO other drinks.

    Tickets must be booked in advance please call 01189 420629.

  • Tue
    12
    Feb
    2019
    17:30 - 20:30Reading 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 are 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 book your place.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019
    08:45 - 12:00The Green Park Conference Centre

    100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

    Please join us at our 2019 Employment Law Seminar to keep-up-to date with recent and emerging changes in Employment Law, to minimise risks to your business, and to network with fellow professionals.

    This seminar might be of interest to charities and community groups with employees as well.

    The is a free event, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk in advance to confirm your place or for more information contact david.lamont@blandy.co.uk by email.

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019
    10:30 - 12:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Open information drop in for disabled people and their families.

    Friendly welcome, cup of tea & cake, and a chance to find out about the following:

    • How to get out and about to social, cultural and physical activities.
    • Advice and information from a welfare rights adviser.
    • How to get involved in volunteering.
    • Thinking about employment – information on courses and appointments with employment advisers.
    • Support to Get on Line and make the most of the internet.

    Let us know if you are thinking of coming and have any requirements at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019
    10:45 - 12:30Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    You are smart, in fact, your human intelligence is most probably the most amazing thing in the Universe. But for how much longer will that be true? Many futurists and sci-fi writers made the mistake of imagining Artificial Intelligence in the guise of violent human-like robots when, in reality, the subtlety of AI in our everyday lives is far from obvious. In fact, the chance of you not interacting with an AI this very day is low.

    This month we are joined by SAR regular Peter Vermaat of the Transport Research Laboratory, who will explain not only the difficulties of replacing you behind the wheel but also why we should try.

    Also this month we have a Bring And Buy sell in aid of Reading’s homeless charity Launchpad. See http://bit.ly/bringandbuy for details on what you can do at the Assembly to support this valuable organisation.

    This month we are singing Elvis’s Suspicious Minds, Tracey Chapman’s Fast Car, The Monkey’s Daydream Believer and Oasis’s She’s Electric.

    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
    Feb
    2019
    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.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019
    12:30 - 16:15Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February at the Community Hub in Reading Central Library.

    Lunch and networking at 12:30 will be followed by:

    • A presentation from The Jo Cox Foundation
    • A workshop by The Jo Cox Foundation on How to Organise a Street Party
    • A RBC/RVA workshop on Finding Out What’s on in Reading
    • Exploring a common volunteer training programme
    • An update on the Ready Friends project

    The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading. Register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place.

  • Tue
    19
    Feb
    2019
    18:30 - 21:30Work.Life

    33 Kings Road, Reading RG1 3AR

    The Missing Maps project aims to map the world’s most vulnerable communities: areas that are affected by natural disasters, poverty, epidemics and other crises. Through remote mapping and feedback with local volunteers, we aim to put 200 million people ‘on the map’ by 2021.

    We will help you get started in mapping, but you will need to bring your own laptop and a mouse is essential. The software is compatible with Linux, Mac and Windows.

    There will be free very tasty nibbles, good coffee and other beverages (vegans no problem). There will be addictive and fun map making. It’s free, you just need to book a ticket on Eventbrite.

  • Wed
    27
    Feb
    2019
    10:00 - 15:00Broad Street Mall

    Broad Street, Reading RG1 7QE

    Are you struggling to pay your gas or electricity bill? Are you worried about your energy bills going up?

    Get free energy advice! Citizens Advice Reading will be at the Broad Street Mall on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February.

    No appointment needed – just bring your latest bill/statement/meter reading and we can help you:

    • Cut the cost of heating
    • Get the support and help you need
    • Deal with draughts, condensation and energy efficiency

     

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
    10:00 - 16:00The Calcot Centre

    Highview, Reading RG31 4XD

    This fun, energetic, free course introduces you to community organising. This whole day training event is facilitated by independent charity Community Council for Berkshire (CCB) and run by community organisers.

    What is community organising?
    Community organising is 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. When people are organised, communities get heard and power begins to shift creating real change for good.

    What does the course cover?
    This one-day course is an introduction to community organising as a process which can reach out and bring people together to form stronger relationships and develop community activities together. 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 free to attend but places are limited so a £10 administration fee will be charged if you fail to attend the course. To book your place please complete the online form on the website at https://ccb2017.wordpress.com.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019
    10:30 - 14:00The Reading Minster

    Chain Steet, Reading RG1 2HX

    Start 2019 with positive thoughts about your wellbeing. Compass Recovery college are holding a free event to celebrate the connection between physical and mental health.

    There are many ways to approach physical and mental wellbeing. It doesn’t all have to be about lifting huge weights and climbing mountains.

    Compass Recovery College will be joined by local charities and organisations who will provide information about:

    • Physical and mental wellbeing
    • How to get fit
    • Services available in Reading
    • The importance of creativity

    There will be people who have overcome mental health challenges sharing their experiences and tips for success.

    Entrance is free and refreshments will be provided – come and join us!

  • Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019
    14:00 - 16:00Park United Reformed Church

    Palmer Park Avenue, Reading RG6 1DN.

    AutAngel is a not for profit organisation run by and for autistic adults. We run courses, support groups and activities for autistic people. This is our first AutAngel Community Meeting; we are inviting autistic adults living in the Berkshire area to join us and hear about our current projects and have the opportunity to help us decide on the best groups and activities to expand our work.

    Participants in our current groups will be sharing their experiences and there will be an opportunity to catch up over refreshments. We will be meeting in David’s Hall at Park United Reformed Church in Reading, where a number of our groups take place. There is parking for cars and bikes very nearby and the venue is on the 17 bus route.

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019
    18:00 - 20:30The Bulmershe School

    Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading RG5 3EU

    A showcase of the talent from some of Reading’s best young people’s performing arts groups with performances including theatre, street dance, traditional Indian dance, mime and music!

    Acts include: Berzerk Productions, Starlet Dance School, Conco Dance, Kalakunj, Mary Hare School and choirs from The Bumershe School.

    All proceeds from the show go to No5 Young People to help ensure that they can continue to provide mental health support for Reading’s children and young people.

    For more information and to book online see the website at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/604430.

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019
    12:30 - 16:30Coley Park Community Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading RG1 6DW

    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
    19
    Mar
    2019
    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.

    Click here to register

  • Wed
    03
    Apr
    2019
    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
    13
    Apr
    2019
    11:00 - 14:00Grange United Reformed Church

    Circuit Lane, Southcote, Reading RG30 3HD

    Easter Market with many stalls including Crafts, Cakes, Easter Tombola, Raffle, Books, Bric-Brac, charity stalls, plus tea, coffee, hot cross buns, sandwiches and ploughman’s lunches.

  • Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019
    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. For further information please email friends@fccg.org.uk.

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019
    18:30 - 20:30St Laurence's Church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    Reading Soup returns for the second event of 2019 this May Day!

    Join us in the stunning venue of St Laurence for an evening of Community Projects, live music, art from local artists and delicious, home-made vegan soup!

    How Reading Soup works:
    - £5 gets you a warm bowl of delicious Soup
    - Local Groups and 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
    - Plus there's live music and art on display to enjoy

    Children are welcome and the venue is fully accessible. Find out more on the website at www.readingsoup.com.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    11:00 - 16:00Victoria Recreation Ground

    Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG13 6HT

    Annual League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Summer Fete – fun for all the family.

    Stalls including charities, craft, food and drink, tombola and games, inflatables, ice cream and much more…

    Stalls are available to book up until the middle of May. Get in touch at the first opportunity for pricing and further information and to book a stall.

    Entry for public on the day: £1 for adults and 50p for children.

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