Events

  • Tue
    18
    Jan
    2022
    17:00 - 18:00Online using Zoom

    Compass Recovery College are commencing their free voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing training in January, these workshops are open access to staff, volunteers and befrienders alike. Throughout the pandemic volunteers and community groups have been vital in supporting those who need it, Compass recognises the importance of this work and wants to give back to those who do so much for others. The goal of this free training is to boost voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing knowledge and help those supporting others to take control of their own mental well-being.

    We would like to continue developing this training based on the needs and interests of the voluntary and community sector. If you have any experiences or interests we can help with please contact Ashley at ashley.hitchman@reading.gov.uk to discuss future opportunities.

    Self-care: In this wellbeing session we will use yoga tools and practices, such as breathing, movement and self-massage to care for ourselves. We will listen to our needs as supporters with kindness and begin to care for those needs as a priority both for ourselves and the people we support.

    Registration: If you are interested in attending the above workshop please use this sign up form forms.office.com/r/G2XzCBvznz.

  • Thu
    20
    Jan
    2022
    10:00 - 12:30Online using Zoom

    Compass Recovery College are commencing their free voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing training in January, these workshops are open access to staff, volunteers and befrienders alike. The goal of this free training is to boost voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing knowledge and help those supporting others to take control of their own mental well-being.

    Professional boundaries: This session explores how voluntary sector staff and volunteers can set professional boundaries when working with mental health challenges. These boundaries can support our work and provide a safe and secure environment from which to work with our service users. These sessions will support us to be mindful of when it is appropriate to self-disclose, the danger of too much self-disclosure and the risks of transference and counter transference. The aim is to enable service users to take charge of their wellbeing by providing opportunities for growth and self-development.

    We would like to continue developing this training based on the needs and interests of the voluntary and community sector. If you have any experiences or interests we can help with please contact Ashley at ashley.hitchman@reading.gov.uk to discuss future opportunities.

    If you are interested in attending the above workshop please register here: forms.office.com/r/G2XzCBvznz.

  • Thu
    20
    Jan
    2022
    11:00Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ.

    The Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) meeting provides a space for those who oversee the work of volunteers to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role. It is an opportunity to share best practise and to learn from the rich experiences of colleagues working across our diverse sector.

    The Network is open to those overseeing the work of volunteers in organisations big and small and involving volunteers in a variety of ways.

    Please register here - further details and joining instructions will be sent in due course. The plan is to hold this meeting in person at our office in Reading Central Library, but this will be confirmed closer to the event.

  • Thu
    03
    Feb
    2022
    10:00 - 11:30Online Event

    As part of RVA’s regular funding events, we are partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and Reading Borough Council to offer funder presentations to Reading voluntary and community groups on Thursday 3 February 2022. This session will be held online via Zoom.

    This event is open to any voluntary or community group providing services in Reading, who would like to learn a little more about the funding streams. For example Berkshire Community Foundation is opening a new round of Vital for Berkshire funding in January and RBC are also opening a new round of Covid Support Funding in January. There will be time for a Q&A following each presentation.

    This event is limited to Reading-based charities and community groups. More than one person is welcome to attend per organisation but we would suggest limiting it to a maximum of 2 per organisation so the event can be widely attended.

    Please book through the link below:
    www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/funder-presentations-february-2022-tickets

  • Tue
    08
    Feb
    2022
    11:00 - 12:00Online event

    The Cranfield Trust are offering a free introductory webinar on Problem Tree Analysis and the Theory of Change to charity trustees, managers and leaders.

    We all face problems trying to achieve our organisational goals, big and small. But how do you tackle them? What strategy is likely to be most successful? If a problem seems too large or complex to handle, where do you start looking for solutions?

    Solving problems isn’t always easy. It can be difficult to understand the root causes of a problem and how they impact different parts of your organisation. But with a clearer understanding of what’s causing the problem, you can start to form a theory of change.

    This is a 1-hour introductory webinar, you will learn practical techniques and tools to help you with your strategy, decision-making, monitoring and evaluation, as well as communication, so you can see the big picture—and make decisions with confidence.

    You will build knowledge on:

    • Exploring and articulating problems, their causes and effects by using problem tree analyses;
    • The basics of what is meant by a theory of change;
    • The different shapes it can take;
    • The process of developing one and pitfalls to avoid;
    • Choosing an approach that works for you.

    Book your place with the Cranfield Trust directly through this link.

  • Tue
    08
    Feb
    2022
    12:00 - 13:00Online

    Being physically active for children and young people has never been more important. We can all play a role in encouraging and empowering children and young people to become active. Whether that’s through signposting to resources, talking about the benefits, or simply encouragement. Join us for this important workshop to learn more.

    Who can attend? Youth workers, family support roles and those working to support children’s wellbeing.

    You’ll learn:

    -Benefits of being physically active
    -National guidelines and practical tips
    -Key signposting resources
    -How to have positive conversations about being more active.

    And take away a digital resource highlighting easily accessible opportunities.

    To book a free place please visit www.getberkshireactive.org/events/2022/02/helping-children-and-young-people-to-be-active.

  • Wed
    09
    Feb
    2022
    17:00 - 18:00Online event

    Find out about the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination and the support available to access vaccines in Reading.

    • Hear from Dr Deepak Ravindran, Clinical lead in Pain Medicine and Clinical Lead for Berkshire Long Covid Integrated Service and Ida Osei, Pharmacist and Vaccinator.
    • Find out about support to access vaccines in Reading.
    • Question and answer session.

    This information session is hosted by Reading Voluntary Action in partnership with NHS Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group and Reading Borough Council.

    This event will be held via Zoom – the link will be sent to registered attendees.

    Free event, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Wed
    16
    Feb
    2022
    11:00 - 12:30Online workshop

    We believe people should have the power to shape the places where they live.

    During Covid, we woke up to the power of community. But it’s not new. People like you have long been working together to support each other, create good local jobs and improve your areas, and by doing so, helping to tackle some of the biggest problems facing us.

    So why is making a difference still such an uphill struggle? What might society look if we were to trust the people who know their areas and put power in the hands of our communities? How would this work? How could it be achieved?

    For more information see the website at https://www.connectioncoalition.org.uk/events_and_opportunities.

  • Sun
    20
    Feb
    2022
    10:00 - 12:00Online event

    Activity Alliance believe that inclusive coaching is just good coaching. The Inclusive Activity Programme is a unique development opportunity for sports coaches, community leaders and health and care professionals. Learn about the key principles of delivering inclusive activities and how to ensure that your sessions are fun and enjoyable for everyone!

    The Inclusive Activity Programme is particularly valuable for people working in:

    • Sport and physical activity delivery, such as sports coaches and activity providers.
    • Local community groups and organisations, such as community activators working in disabled people’s organisations, local charities, community housing and scout/guide groups.
    • Health and care settings, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and care and support workers.

    This session will help you:

    • Learn how to support disabled people to be more active through Activity Alliance’s ten principles.
    • Understand how your sessions can be inclusive and how you can create and adapt your own activities using STEP and the Activity Inclusion Model.
    • Explore where you can find more information for yourself and the people you support.

    Please book online at https://getberkshireactive.org. The cost is £15pp. For more information please contact: Chelsea Piggott on Chelsea.Piggott@getberkshireactive.org or 07548 226485.

  • Fri
    25
    Feb
    2022
    12:30 - 13:30Online via Zoom

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood.

    Reading Voluntary Action is delivering three free online workshops for anyone interested in running a street party in 2022.

    The workshop will cover:

    • Getting started
    • Ideas for games and activities
    • Getting the neighbours involved
    • Food and drink
    • Getting permission to close your street (for free) and other legal stuff

    The workshops will be held online via Zoom – details will be sent to registered participants before the event.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Mon
    28
    Feb
    2022
    10:00 - 10:45Online event

    Berkshire Vision offer a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health, which is now open to the general public. This takes the form of an informative video by our Trustee, Jane Veys, an Optometrist and an opportunity for any comments afterwards.

    The training lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Book onto this session by emailing volunteering@berkshirevision.org.uk.

    A flyer for this training can be downloaded here.

  • Mon
    28
    Feb
    2022
    18:30 - 19:30Online via Zoom

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood.

    Reading Voluntary Action is delivering three free online workshops for anyone interested in running a street party in 2022.

    The workshop will cover:

    • Getting started
    • Ideas for games and activities
    • Getting the neighbours involved
    • Food and drink
    • Getting permission to close your street (for free) and other legal stuff

    The workshops will be held online via Zoom – details will be sent to registered participants before the event.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Wed
    02
    Mar
    2022
    15:00 - 16:30Online via Zoom

    The next Connection Coalition youth loneliness network will be on Wednesday 2 March.

    Picking up one of the key themes from the first panel in December, we will be discussing engaging and involving young people in the conversation on youth loneliness. We are hoping to co-facilitate this session with young people and those who are already doing this work brilliantly!

    If you would like to assist with organising this workshop, present your work or have other ideas on this topic to share, please contact zoe@jocoxfoundation.org.

    Please register for this workshop online at www.connectioncoalition.org.uk.

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2022
    10:30 - 11:30Online via Zoom

    Is it difficult to get support for your autistic child?
    Then join us for an on-line video session and talk with Nina Crispin, Information & Engagement Officer, and Katie Badger, Trainee Public Health Programme Officer, from Reading Borough Council.

    Nina and Katie want to hear your views on what the new all-age Reading Autism Strategy should include to improve the lives of your child and the wider family.

    To book your place, please email fran.morgan.rff@gmail.com or telephone/text on 07516 185380 and we can then let you know the appropriate log-in details for the call.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2022
    09:00 - 16:30Online event

    An event by the National Academy for Social Prescribing. Celebrate the hard work of the social prescribing workforce and the invaluable positive impact that social prescribing is having across our communities. There will be a fantastic range of speakers and performances, showcasing different aspects of social prescribing.

    This event celebrates and champions social prescribing, bringing together expert contributors from a variety of sectors. There are multiple sessions to participate in over the course of the day:

    • Session A – Communicating the power of people’s stories
    • Session B – Ensuring adequate workforce support for the delivery of social prescribing
    • Session C – Accelerating innovation through social prescribing partnerships
    • Session D – Building a global social prescribing movement
    • Session E – Mapping out social prescribing evidence: current progress and future needs
    • Session F – Unleashing the power of local communities

    Booking and further information

    • Book your free ticket here to attend in person.
    • Or go here to book a virtual ticket to access the event online (available to the general public thereafter).

  • Mon
    07
    Mar
    2022
    15:00 - 16:00Online event

    Our health is closely bound with social and economic aspects of our lives: from where we are born, live and work, to our educational opportunities, income and influence. These social factors lead to inequalities in health and wellbeing across different people and communities, both in access to healthcare, and in the opportunities we have to live healthy lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened existing inequalities and thrown a harsh spotlight on the topic once again.

    Community groups, health professionals, and national charities have always been at the heart of tackling inequalities. But what is the role of social prescribing in addressing health inequalities?

    How can the unique position of link workers support people who are affected by inequality? How can local groups use data to focus on the people and communities most at risk? What does the evidence say about who is benefiting from social prescribing and who is missing out?

    To kick-off this important conversation, the National Academy for Social Prescribing presents a webinar which will explore this complex area.

    Who is it for? Anyone interested in or involved with social prescribing. You might be from:

    • A community or voluntary group
    • A charity or organisation wanting to get more involved with social prescribing
    • The health sector either working in or commissioning social prescribing
    • A local infrastructure organisation
    • Local government
    • An arms-length body or government department

    Chaired by Ingrid Abreu Scherer, Head of Accelerating Innovation in Social Prescribing, National Academy for Social Prescribing.

    The event is free and you can register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Mon
    07
    Mar
    2022
    18:30 - 19:30Online via Zoom

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood.

    Reading Voluntary Action is delivering three free online workshops for anyone interested in running a street party in 2022.

    The workshop will cover:

    • Getting started
    • Ideas for games and activities
    • Getting the neighbours involved
    • Food and drink
    • Getting permission to close your street (for free) and other legal stuff

    The workshops will be held online via Zoom – details will be sent to registered participants before the event.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2022
    15:00 - 16:15Reading Minster

    St Mary's Butts, Reading, RG1 2HX

    Please join us for our annual Alana House celebratory service in honour of International Women’s Day. The service will take place at 15:00 on Saturday 12 March 2022. Held in the beautiful Reading Minster we will be celebrating the strength of women together with a host of readers and performers including the Mayor of Reading and Reading Rock Choir. After the service we be enjoying delicious refreshments and cake provided by the fabulous team of Baristas from Alana House’s community café.

    We will also be live streaming this event so if you are unable to attend in person you don’t need to miss out.

    Alana House proudly supports women with a wide range of needs in Reading and across the Thames Valley. This support is currently more prevalent than ever.

    Everyone is welcome: women, children, and men as well! We kindly ask that all attending wear a mask, unless exempt.

    Tickets are free but we do encourage donations towards Alana House’s work. Places are limited so booking is essential. We are delighted to be partnering with The Big Give who will match fund every donation gratefully received.

    Please book via www.pactcharity.org/IWD

  • Wed
    16
    Mar
    2022
    17:30 - 18:30Online event

    Getting on Board is offering affordable onboarding induction training for newly appointed trustees on various dates in 2022. Sessions will take place online and they are offered at a very affordable rate of £10 per session.

    Details of the session from Getting on Board
    In this one hour session, we’ll take you through your trustee duties in a clear and engaging way. There will be a chance to ask questions and we’ll signpost you to further support. This session is also suitable as a refresher for existing trustees.

    By the end of this introductory webinar you will understand:

    • The role of a trustee
    • The main duties and responsibilities of a trustee
    • How to carry out your trusteeship duties effectively

    2022 dates:

    • Wednesday 16 March, 17:30-18:30
    • Wednesday 27 April, 17:30-18:30
    • Wednesday 18 May, 17:30-18:30

    Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place or email info@gettingonboard.org.

    Further support from RVA

    • RVA free Advice Service for 1:1 confidential advice on legal and governance matters, including advice on trustee roles and responsibilities. Please email advice@rva.org.uk or telephone us on 0118 937 2273.
    • RVA Knowledge Base, which has a wealth of resources on trusteeship and governance that you can browse at your convenience.

  • Mon
    21
    Mar
    2022
    10:00 – 13:00Online event

    Our free course will prepare you for job applications in the digital age and help you upskill for work itself. Running from 21 March, Mondays and Wednesdays, for 6 weeks, with a 2-week Easter break. Learn new skills, gain confidence, write a brilliant CV.

    We are a small charity in Reading and our online course is for anyone struggling with barriers to employment in Berkshire. We support people with disabilities, learning difficulties, gaps in their CV, for example. So if you feel that applying for work is a struggle and that you need support then get in touch, we are happy to answer any questions that you have.

    Join us for help with your CV, we will teach you how to think about your strengths and weaknesses and put your best foot forward with renewed confidence. Lessons in Word, Excel and further to help you get work when every job has an element of it where technology is used.

    With some homework each week, the course is either online or if you have no access to the internet, at our office in Reading centre. Our mantra is for you to ‘know yourself’, you will be more prepared for job searching and interviews no matter your barrier to employment.

    For more information or to sign up please contact Graft Thames Valley using the details below.

    Contact details
    Email: info@graft.org.uk
    Phone: 01183 805950

  • Tue
    29
    Mar
    2022
    14:00 - 14:45Online event

    Berkshire Vision offer a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health, which is now open to the general public. This takes the form of an informative video by our Trustee, Jane Veys, an Optometrist and an opportunity for any comments afterwards.

    The training lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Book onto this session by emailing volunteering@berkshirevision.org.uk.

    A flyer for this training can be downloaded here.

  • Fri
    01
    Apr
    2022
    19:00 - 23:00Tilehurst British Legion

    Downing Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5BB.

    All funds raised will support humanitarian support through The Reading Ukrainian Centre or Lions International who directly support Lions clubs in Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

    A huge thanks to our sponsors, The Tilehurst British Legion and Northwoods for their support. A snazzy raffle and a fantastic fish and chip supper will compliment what quizmaster Paul states is his BEST QUIZ EVER. Who are we to disagree, he puts a cracking quiz together and ensures fun for all. Team of up to 6.

    Free parking and a short walk from major bus routes This venue is located is easy to reach with a fully licenced and well priced bar.

    Limited tickets available for £15+booking fee including food - Book now on Eventbrite. An email will follow with food available choices.

    Donations of quality raffle and auction prizes welcomed - for details please email andyalwaysyoung@gmail.com.

  • Mon
    04
    Apr
    2022
    19:00 - 21:00The Michael Malnick Centre

    Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road, Reading, RG2 7DE

    Join Trinity Concert Band at the fabulous Michael Malnick Centre at Leighton Park School in Reading for our song and dance-themed concert. Our incredibly choreographed programme of music will have you swinging and swaying all night long!

    Throughout the evening, we’ll transport you to Russia for Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from his famous opera Prince Igor, with a quick stop in the Emerald Isle for the toe-tapping Riverdance. Hang on tight as we whisk you across the Atlantic to hear the beautiful music from the film Dances with Wolves. Our lively performance of Sing, Sing, Sing, most famously associated with the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, will definitely get those feet tapping!

    We’re just scratching the surface here. There’s a whole lot more to look forward to at this spectacular concert!

    • Advance Price*: £12
    • Full Price: £14
    • Students: £7 (ID may be required)
    • Under 16’s: FREE

    *Advance price applies up to one week before the concert, after which the full price applies. The box office closes 24 hours before the concert. No booking fee.

    Tickets will go on sale in February 2022. Visit the website for more information www.trinityband.co.uk/song-and-dance.

  • Tue
    05
    Apr
    2022
    11:00 - 12:30Online Event

    Are you a volunteer-led, small group that’s embedded in your community? Do you want to find out more about funding, training, governance, publicising your work and developing your group? Are you keen to network and share with other small groups?

    If yes, then you are warmly invited to join the Small Groups Learn and Share Network, which brings together Reading’s small and emerging community groups to learn, share and grow stronger together.

    Recruiting and supporting an effective volunteer team.
    In this session, we will be joined by Steve Hendry, RVA’s Volunteering Development Manager. Steve will talk us through the process of identifying and defining volunteer tasks in order to create clear volunteer task descriptions that will help you make the most of the support volunteers can offer whilst setting clear boundaries to involvement. He will also explore the question of how to build an effective volunteer team where everyone understands their role and the rights and responsibilities that come with it.

    Plus all the usual networking opportunities and information about up and coming training and other events.

    Free event, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Sat
    16
    Apr
    2022
    14:00 - 16:00Caversham Court Gardens

    13-19 Church Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7AD

    Come along to Caversham Court on Easter Saturday, when the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be hosting an Easter Nature Quiz Trail in the lovely riverside gardens. All young competitors will win an Easter Egg prize or a non-dairy treat.

    Entry is free, but donations to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be appreciated. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Volunteer stall open for refreshments.

  • Sat
    23
    Apr
    2022
    10:00 - 15:00Caversham Court

    Church Road, Caversham, RG4 7AD

    An Econet event promoting local woodland products and wildlife friendly gardening. There will be an opportunity to purchase bean poles and pea sticks, plants, reconditioned tools and willow products and have garden tools sharpened.

    There will also be several stalls manned by organisations selling local and fairtrade products including:
    -RSPB
    -BBOWT
    -Reading and District Beekeepers (Honey and beeswax products plus information about bees and beekeeping)
    -Women's Institute (Jams and chutneys)
    -Traidcraft (Fairtrade goods)
    and others.

    Website: www.econetreading.org.uk

  • Wed
    27
    Apr
    2022
    17:30 - 18:30Online event

    Getting on Board is offering affordable onboarding induction training for newly appointed trustees on various dates in 2022. Sessions will take place online and are free to attend with an option to make a donation of your choice at checkout.

    Details of the session from Getting on Board
    In this one hour session, we’ll take you through your trustee duties in a clear and engaging way. There will be a chance to ask questions and we’ll signpost you to further support. This session is also suitable as a refresher for existing trustees.

    By the end of this introductory webinar you will understand:

    • The role of a trustee
    • The main duties and responsibilities of a trustee
    • How to carry out your trusteeship duties effectively

    Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place or email info@gettingonboard.org.

  • Wed
    27
    Apr
    2022
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Canoe Club

    The Warren, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7TH

    The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be holding their spring meeting on Wednesday 27 April, 19:00 for 19:30, in the Reading Canoe Club.

    Richard Bisgrove, co-author of Gardening in the Global Greenhouse – The Impacts of Climate Change on Gardens in the UK, will give an illustrated talk on ‘Climate Change and Historic Gardens’.

    The talk will follow the briefest of AGMs. All welcome, you don’t have to be a member. Free event.

    Contact details
    Email: friends@fccg.org.uk
    Phone: 01189 545779

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2022
    12:00 - 15:00Broad Street Mall

    Broad Street, Reading, RG1 7QE

    Workshop to promote the Home Office Windrush Documentation and Compensation schemes to help anyone who arrived in the UK before 1989 and is settled here to obtain the correct documentation to live and work in the UK and or to obtain UK citizenship.

    If you have suffered loss as a result of the Home Office hostile environment policy, you may be eligible for compensation.

    We will provide free legal advise and help you with your application.

    Download a leaflet with further information here

  • Wed
    18
    May
    2022
    17:30 - 18:30Online event

    Getting on Board is offering affordable onboarding induction training for newly appointed trustees on various dates in 2022. Sessions will take place online and are free to attend with an option to make a donation of your choice at checkout.

    Details of the session from Getting on Board
    In this one hour session, we’ll take you through your trustee duties in a clear and engaging way. There will be a chance to ask questions and we’ll signpost you to further support. This session is also suitable as a refresher for existing trustees.

    By the end of this introductory webinar you will understand:

    • The role of a trustee
    • The main duties and responsibilities of a trustee
    • How to carry out your trusteeship duties effectively

    Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place or email info@gettingonboard.org.

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2022
    13:00 - 14:30Online via Zoom

    The Ready Friends befriending forum is a place for community groups, friends and neighbours taking action on loneliness and social isolation.

    An uplifting and celebratory event where we inspire and share just what we can achieve for the people we support through our work.

    The agenda will include:

    • A range of Reading’s VCOs will share their real-life good news stories about taking action on loneliness. Find out what happened and why – and how that could shape what we do in our own practice
    • Ready Friends plan for 2022-2024
    • Updates and information on forthcoming events, funding and training opportunities
    • Networking

    Free event, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place.

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2022
    14:00 – 16:00Online event

    The GDPR expects organisations to keep their teams up to date with best practice for compliance with the regulations. Keeping the GDPR front of mind is essential and made even more relevant as changes take place to ways of working, communication and technology.

    This session is ideal as a ‘refresher’ or part of annual training for people who already have a baseline knowledge of the GDPR. It explains the practical implications of processing personal data as part of your everyday role, and understanding the risks with handling and storing personal data.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • An explanation of what is personal data and special categories of personal data that voluntary sectors organisations typically.
    • An Introduction to the principles of the GDPR, providing relevant examples.
    • An explanation of how voluntary sector organisations can demonstrate that they are being fair, lawful and transparent with the personal data they are processing.
    • An explanation of what needs to be considered when the person whose data you want to collect needs to give their consent.
    • An explanation of when a voluntary sector organisation can rely upon legitimate interests for processing personal data.
    • How to understand and respect the rights of the person whose data you are collecting, in particular how to respond to requests.
    • What operational and technical security measures you need to follow when processing personal data, including working remotely.
    • How to keep personal data safe and secure, including good password management, identifying phishing scams, how to delete/shred data.
    • The importance of data protection impact assessments when introducing a new system into the organisation.
    • How and when to report a personal data breach.

    Who should attend: Anyone who works or volunteers in a charity or community group who processes the personal data of others. You might be a volunteer, staff member or trustee.

    Cost: RVA has partnered with Databasix to offer subsidised training to those working or volunteering for charities and community groups in Reading. The session is £18.00 per person. This offer is restricted to groups in Reading.

    Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk, or contact asha.mehboob@rva.org.uk for further information and to book your place.

  • Wed
    01
    Jun
    2022
    11:00 - 17:00Victoria Hall

    Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1QH

    Join us at Reading Town Hall on 1 June where we will be hosting a special open day to show you more about the work Samaritans does to help support people and how you can get involved.

    Find out more about:

    • How we support people struggling with their emotional and mental health and those at risk of suicide
    • Tips on how to become a better listener
    • Our community outreach projects and activities in the town
    • How you can get involved to raise awareness and support your local branch
    • How to become a Samaritans listener or support volunteer
    • Partnership opportunities for schools, community organisations and local businesses

    Whether you are interested in becoming a volunteer or just want to find out more about what we do, everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2022
    11:00 - 17:00River Kennet & Forbury Fardens

    Reading Water Fest will take place earlier than usual this year, on Saturday 4 June, to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. This accessible one-day event will take place between 11am and 5pm within the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the River Kennet.

    Water Fest is Reading’s largest free town centre-based community event. It features an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage, with a plethora of live entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls.

    The event celebrates and showcases the Kennet Canal in all its glory, along with the gorgeous and historic spots on its towpath, with the chance to spot beautifully painted boats and chat to boaters. It is run in partnership with the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and will also partner with the Blue Collar Street Food event in the Forbury.

  • Wed
    08
    Jun
    2022
    10:00 - 11:30Online Event

    We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

    • Improving population health and healthcare.
    • Tackling unequal outcomes and access.
    • Enhancing productivity and value for money.
    • Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

    This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and must be integral to improving community health and longevity.

    This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

    Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

    Registration is now open and the event is free of charge. Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-longer-better-national-learning-event-tickets.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2022
    11:00 - 16:00Victoria Recreation Ground

    Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 6DH

    Friends of Berkshire Hospitals are coming back bigger and better than ever before. We have around 100 stalls booked in along with bouncy castles, assault courses and entertainment for all the family. We are still looking for stall holders and volunteers to come and help us out on the day – please contact Laura at laura-whittle@outlook.com or on 07532 127051 if you can help us.

  • Thu
    23
    Jun
    2022
    10:00 - 15:00Madejski Stadium

    Junction 11, M4, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0FL

    Following a successful Inclusion Forum in March 2022, a lot has happened since! Our partners expressed an interest in meeting face-to-face to support further collaboration. GBA are inviting you to join our next forum, this is an opportunity for those working across Berkshire to come together, listen to presentations/keynote speakers on disability and long-term health conditions, a chance to expand your network with other organisations face-to-face and discuss inclusive sport and physical activity opportunities.

    The forum will be aimed at the following:

    • Sports development organisations
    • Public health teams
    • Charities across this division
    • Sport and physical activity providers/clubs
    • Local community groups

    Refreshments and light lunch will be provided. Free event but please book online at https://getberkshireactive.org to confirm your place.

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2022
    14:00 - 17:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS

    • Did you or your parents arrive in the UK before 1989?
    • Were you born in the UK or arrived in the UK before the age of 18?
    • Have you been denied employment or health treatment?
    • Been unable to find a place to live?
    • Been subject to immigration action, detention or deportation because you could not show that you had a right to live and work in the UK?

    If your answer to any of the above is yes or you are unsure, visit our Windrush Compensation Surgery, on Saturday 2 July 2022 at RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading.

    Our legal team will help you get the correct documents to live and work here legally and help you apply for compensation if you meet the criteria.

    Our advice is absolutely free.

    Contact Details: St Vincent & The Grenadines and Friends Association (Reading)
    Email: info@readindwindrushalliance.org.uk

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2022
    19:00 - 21:00Art Space in St Nicholas Church

    Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley, Reading, RG2 7JN

    Bringing together poetry, prose, paintings and photographs created by 32 people from all over the world.

    Half of the creatives who have generously provided their work are refugees and the rest are friends and supporters of refugees.

    There will be copies of the artworks for sale. The book launch and exhibition form part of a programme of events RSG will be running throughout refugee week.

    Contact details: Reading Refugee Support Group
    Email: jonjo.w@live.co.uk
    Phone: 07875 071026.

  • Mon
    18
    Jul
    2022
    14:00 - 17:00Engelfield House Gardens

    Engelfield, RG7 5EN

    We are delighted to invite you to our Garden Party fundraiser to support our work with children, families and the local community. The event will take place on Monday 18 July at Englefield House, West Berkshire.

    In addition to celebrating and supporting PACT’s work, the afternoon will be an opportunity to enjoy the enchanting and rarely-seen gardens of Englefield House. The head gardener of the estate will be joining us to answer any questions you may have about her work.

    There will be live music and a raffle with a top prize of tea-for-two at the Ritz and our fabulous Alana House café team will be selling delicious refreshments and cakes to top off a special afternoon.

    Tickets are £20 each for adults and accompanying children are free.

    Places are limited so book your tickets today!

    Please book via the website at www.pactcharity.org/support-us/garden-party