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 0118 937 2383.

  • 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 back door to the Central Library – please 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.

  • Thu
    18
    Oct
    2018
    16:00 - 20:30Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    The Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (Acre) are holding an Anti-Slavery Day and their AGM, on Thursday 18 October at the Council Chamber in the Reading Civic Offices.

    Exhibition on Reading’s slave links, from 16:00 to 18:00
    This exhibition uncovers some of Reading’s links with the transatlantic slave trade, the campaign for its abolition and its long-lived aftermath. The aim is to raise awareness of modern forms of slavery and injustice.

    Annual General Meeting 2018, from 18:30 to 20:30
    The keynote will be given by Mohammed Amjad LLB, the Director of Legal Rights Partnership, on the topic of ‘Strange Welcome! The uneasy relationship between Commonwealth Citizens from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the United Kingdom leading to the recent Windrush scandal’.

    Refreshments will be provided. Parking is restricted – please use the Oracle Shopping Centre Car Park.

    For information or to register your attendance, please email info@acre-reading.org or phone 01189 510279.

  • Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018
    15:00 - 17:30Reading Quakers Meeting House

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB

    Can silence be a vehicle for social change?

    Join Reading Quakers as they ask “What can we do in these uncertain times?” We will wait together in expectant silence to see what emerges from the stillness.

    Followed by conversation and afternoon tea.

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018
    10:00 - 16:00Weller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 5NA

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be working with Berkshire Youth to offer the training ‘How to Run a Successful Youth Club – For Volunteer Groups’ as our young people are our priority and more volunteer groups across town have taken an interest in hosting local youth clubs and activities.

    This course will cover:

    • Basic overview of how to run a youth club and set rules
    • How to measure success of a youth club
    • Guidance on good practice, quality and safety
    • Understanding and managing young people’s challenging behaviour

    By the end of the course, you will:

    • Understand how to run a youth club and set rules
    • Be able to define roles of volunteers
    • Be able to engage youth in club activities and operations (when appropriate)
    • Know tools available to measure success
    • Understand how to identify issues faced by young people
    • Know how club rules can help manage challenging behaviours
    • Practise working with volunteers as a united front to provide a supportive, firm model for young people

    Who should attend? Volunteers from small community groups working in neighbourhood settings across Reading that have been or would like to offer youth club/ activities to children that are primary and secondary school age.

    The Weller Centre can be reached via bus route 27 and 29 from town centre – Amersham Road stop. There is parking and the building is wheel chair accessible.

    The course is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk in advance to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, kindly contact RVA on 01189 372273 or email training@rva.org.uk as soon as possible.

  • Tue
    23
    Oct
    2018
    18:30 - 20:30Rivers Ibis Sports Club

    Scours Lane, Reading RG30 6AY

    Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 23 October 2018. The aim is to reach out to small community groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. They will be distributing small grants of up to £500 each. If you are involved in a local community project here in Reading or are a small local charity then this could be your opportunity to obtain one of the grants.

    Important notes
    First stage: Written applications to be submitted by post or email no later than 8 October 2018. Visit the website at www.readinglions.org.uk for an application form.

    Second stage: Successful first stage applicants will be notified by email. You will then be asked to talk in more detail to a small group of Reading Lions on the evening of 23 October 2018. The event will be held at a local venue and take place between 18:30 and 20:30. Each group will be allocated a ten minute time slot. A maximum of 2 persons may attend to represent each group.

    Third Stage: Successful applicants will be notified by email and the grants will be distributed by 29 November 2018. Please also note that, if you are a winner, you will be expected to provide feedback to Reading Lions Club once the grant has been used.

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    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 "Readies" - 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 Sunday 28 October in The Christmas room at The Great Expectations Hotel, we look forward to meeting you!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • Wed
    31
    Oct
    2018
    17:50 - 19:30Royal Berkshire Hospital

    1st floor reception, Craven Road, Reading RG1 5LF

    Andrew Statham, Director of Strategy at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust, and David Mossop, Associate Medical Director, will present the strategy for the hospital trust for the next 7 years and then answer questions about the strategy.

    There will then be a brief news round up from Patient Participation Groups, Reading Healthwatch and South Reading Patient Voice members.

    All patients registered with GP practices in the Reading localities (South Reading and North and West Reading) are welcome.

  • Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018
    13:00 - 16:001a Rupert Square

    Reading RG1 3HE

    The Self Management Group is open to people who have experienced, or are experiencing, mental health difficulties. The group will provide a safe and supportive environment where people will support each other.

    People attending can learn from each other to develop techniques and skills to manage their wellbeing. The group topics run over four weeks and then the group can continue to meet together on a weekly basis to support each other.

    Topics covered are:
    Week 1: Introduction to Self Management
    Week 2: Goal setting, quick wins and tool kits
    Week 3: Problem solving and being kind to ourselves
    Week 4: Helpful resources/what is next?

    People that have attended previous groups have found the group useful. It can help you:

    • Feel more in control
    • Increase your confidence
    • Improve social networks
    • Feel more hopeful about the future
    • Increase independence
    • Make friends and meet people
    • Share your experiences to benefit others

    Contact details:
    Email: carole-connolly@together-uk.org
    Phone: 0118 966 0240

  • Tue
    06
    Nov
    2018
    19:45 - 21:45Thameside School

    Harley Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 8DB

    Open meeting held by the Caversham and District Residents Association (CADRA). It is open to all but we hope you will choose to support our work by joining as a member. It will include a talk on ‘The Changing River Thames’ from Terry Marsh, Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford.

    Terry has spent most of his working life on the Thames floodplain - successively at the Water Resources Board, the Department of the Environment, the Institute of Hydrology, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology where he led the National Hydrological Programme for over 20 years.

    CADRA looks forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a fascinating and very topical evening.

  • Thu
    08
    Nov
    2018
    10:15 - 13:00The Barn

    Purley Lane, Reading RG8 8AT

    Don’t miss this fantastic training opportunity and networking event for volunteers and groups that run community buildings and village halls in Berkshire.

    With funding cuts and a huge squeeze on resources the Community Council for Berkshire are very fortunate to have secured the offer of Fire Safety training and Fire Risk assessment advice from the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service on Thursday 8 November at The Barn, Purley on Thames from 10:00.

    The training will cover:

    • Practical session on Risk Assessing your community building
    • National guidance in Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Small and Medium Places of Assembly.
    • Using community buildings as Emergency Rest Centres
    • Emergency Rest Centre – case study – what happened when our facility was used during an emergency
    • Focus on maximum occupancy
    • Opportunity to put Q&As to the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue

     

    Cost: The training session costs £10, please book your place online at https://ccb2017.wordpress.com

    This training is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning.

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    14:00 - 16:00Christ Church Centre

    Milman Road, Reading RG2 0AY

    Come along to the Autumn Fayre and enjoy crafts, games for children, a tombola and face painting! Entrance to the event is free. The Museum of English Rural Life will lead a historic activity. There will be various community groups that you can get to know and of course, snacks and drinks will be available. Also why not join the competition for the best autumnal cake?

    For more information and to enter the cake competition, contact the Katesgrove Community Association, email: katesgrovecommunity@gmail.com.

  • 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.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    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 17 November in The Christmas room at The Great Expectations Hotel, we look forward to meeting you!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • 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.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018
    17:30 - 20:00RISC Global Cafe

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    This is the time of the year when we encourage other organisations, families and friends to come and hear what we as a group have been in up to since our last AGM.

    Our theme this year is ‘Keeping well – health and wealth together’, which we feel is a reflection of what we have done/endeavoured to do over the year.

    Join us as you connect with our communities. Light refreshments will be served.

    Contact details:
    Email: info@utulivu.co.uk
    Website: www.utulivu.co.uk

  • Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018
    12:00 - 16:00Reading School

    Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5LW

    Christmas Market in the historic Victorian setting of Reading School, open to all.

    Reading School Parents Association welcomes everyone to join us at our beautiful Victorian school setting for Christmas shopping with:

    • 50+ festive stalls selling crafts and gifts
    • Tombola
    • Hamper Raffle
    • Xmas Cafe
    • Christmas Carols
    • Plus lots more

    Adults £2 entry, Children free.

  • Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018
    09:30 - 13:00Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for social outcomes. This will be done in two ways:

    • By making public service commissioners more aware of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver effective interventions around their priority outcomes.
    • By enabling the arts, culture, heritage and voluntary sectors to better engage with public sector commissioning.

    Now that we are part way through our pilot year, we invite you to join us for our first Cultural Commissioning Symposium. This will be a chance to discuss best practice at both national and local levels, to be inspired, and to network.

    The event will build a picture of how commissioners and cultural practitioners are working together to effect change and share how local research is shaping our understanding of Reading’s needs and priorities including:

    • Health (from falls prevention to stroke rehabilitation to long-term conditions)
    • Mental health and wellbeing (from hospital wards to adolescent mental health units to care homes)
    • Work experience and skills development (particularly for vulnerable or disadvantaged young people)
    • Reducing re-offending

    For more information about the event and to register for a free place, please visit Reading, Place of Culture’s Eventbrite page or email Lara.Stavrinou@reading.gov.uk.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018
    10:00 - 15:00Greyfriars Hall

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EH

    In Reading, various organisations which can support carers will gather in Greyfriars Hall. Please join us to find out more, meet other carers and enjoy a light lunch in good company.

    Confirmed speakers so far include the Department of Work and Pensions who will be talking about benefits for carers and Boyes Turners Solicitors who will be talking about Powers of Attorney.

    The theme of the day will be ‘Caring for your future’ and the programme will include:

    • Power of Attorney and Deputyships
    • Carers assessment and personal budgets
    • Assistive technology
    • Benefits
    • Brighter future for children
    • Continence, Dementia and Autism
    • Carers Hub

    Please tell us if you or someone your work with, or a family member or friend who would like to attend the event, need assistance with sitting services, sign language support, lip reading, note taking or any other support by contacting the Carers Hub on 01183 247333 or email ask@berkshirecarershub.org.

  • Tue
    04
    Dec
    2018
    16:30 - 18:30Reading Community Learning Centre

    94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ

    Notice is hereby given that the 11th Annual General Meeting of Reading Community Learning Centre will be held on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at Reading Community Learning Centre.

    The AGM is a great opportunity to hear about our activities, see our premises and celebrate our achievements over the past 12 months. We’d also like to hear your views on our work as we plan for the year ahead.

    After the formal meeting, there will be a short presentations on the charity’s work by our learners, tutors and volunteers followed by a chance for everyone to meet and talk over some delicious food.

    Please confirm your attendance at our AGM by Friday 23 November 2018. You can reserve your place by contacting Aisha Malik, Centre Manager by email at aishamalik@rclc.org.uk or phone on 0118 959 9009.

  • 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.

  • Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018
    10:00 - 13:00Community Centre (Old Gatehouse Battle Hospital site)

    344 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1AF

    Dr. Rashmi Shankar will be leading a workshop on how to deal with anxiety and depression, with a session on mindfulness at the end.

    Our modern Western lifestyle presents an array of competing challenges and it can get hard to juggle everything. Add to this mix trauma, times of duress, grief, loss or general low mood, and anxiety and/or depression can set in. We can end up feeling despondent, worrying about the future, or just how to get through the day.

    Our mental health is key to our happiness and wellbeing. A range of normal human emotions is healthy and it is beneficial to allow these emotions, positive or negative to flow. However sometimes we can get trapped in a state of negative emotion and it can be hard to shake it off.

    Dr. Rashmi will offer tools and practical advice on how to deal with anxiety and depression, in a safe space where women can find support, tell their story or simply listen to others.

    As usual, we will have an amazing selection of organic Ayurvedic herbal teas, coffee, cakes, nibbles, savoury snacks and smiling faces to welcome you!

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018
    09:30 - 13:30Caversham Court

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

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    Come and buy your sustainably grown Christmas tree! Locally grown Scots pine Christmas trees harvested as part of heathland management.

    Also holly, mistletoe, pine cones, willow Christmas wreaths and other natural decorations from local sources.

    There will be BBOWT, RSPB and Fairtrade stalls with cards and a variety of gifts. Locally produced honey and beeswax products from Reading & District Beekeepers.

    For more information see the website at www.econetreading.org.uk.

  • Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018
    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 8 December in The Christmas room at The Great Expectations Hotel, we look forward to meeting you!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • Wed
    12
    Dec
    2018
    09:45 - 12:30RISC Conference Room

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Reading Voluntary Action is hosting the next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector on Wednesday 12 December in the conference room at RISC

    We are currently finalising the programme for the Forum which will include:

    Social Prescribing:
    An update on Reading’s Social Prescribing service, jointly delivered by Age UK Berkshire and Reading Voluntary Action. We will discuss the range of referrals received, how we signpost to voluntary and community activities in Reading, and the impact of the service.

    Three Conversations:
    A discussion led by Natalie Madden (Project Manager,Transformation Team in Adult Care and Health Services, RBC). The Council is in the early stages of rolling out the Three Conversations model across Adult Social Care. Natalie will outline what the Three Conversations means for people, practitioners and partners and explore how local organisations can be involved in developments.

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group Voluntary Sector Strategy:
    BWCCG plans to launch a consultation on the draft strategy for working with the voluntary and community sector within the next couple of weeks, with a provisional closing date of 15 December. Subject to confirmation of the consultation timescale, the Forum will give an opportunity to discuss the strategy and respond to the consultation.

    The Forum will also include time for networking and sharing good news stories (as well as mince pies!).

    Please book your place at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    2018
    11:00 - 13:00Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Reading, Place of Culture invite interested groups to attend to attend a Commissioning Ready workshop.

    This is in preparation for the second cycle of funding, which will be launched in January 2019, with the release of three specifications which outline the areas of need that will be addressed through commissioned projects.

    This workshop will go over the commissioning process, the types of specification questions asked last year, examples of best practice from Year 1, a breakdown of definitions, practical skills for the Intend System and the specification headlines for the upcoming cycle.

    Please book your workshop place at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sun
    16
    Dec
    2018
    09:30 - 10:30St Michael’s Church

    Routh Lane, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JX

    St Michael's Church annual Christingle service takes place on Sunday 16 December, the service is for all ages and the uniformed organisations take a special part. The proceeds for this service go to the Children’s Society.

  • Sun
    16
    Dec
    2018
    17:30 - 19:15The Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading, RG1 7HT

    December is a massive singalong and games fest for Sunday Assembly Reading EARLY EVENING party. Doors open at 17:00 and Assembly kicks into festive life at 17:30. Free.

    Over an hour of secular Christmas songs and other favourites, games and other funfulness, and as a special treat the Irish Centre will be opening its upstairs bar, plus our cakes and drinks as normal.

    We'll be dressing up in our party gear and we hope you do too.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations and welcomes all - of all ages and of all backgrounds.

  • Mon
    17
    Dec
    2018
    18:15 - 20:30Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens invite you to their annual Carol Evening. The Salvation Army band and St Peter's Church choir will lead the singing of traditional Christmas carols in Caversham Court.

    The floodlit gardens will be open from 18:15 for mulled wine and mince pies from the Tea Kiosk. Singing of carols is to start at 19:30. Wrap up warm, bring a torch to read the words and come along to sing in the festive season.

    All are welcome for this community event. Free entry but there will be a collection.

  • Tue
    18
    Dec
    2018
    10:30 - 12:30RISC Global Café

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    A public event where you can find out more about the consultation on public health services in Reading, which is open until 6 January 2019.

    For more information or to take part in the consultation go to: www.reading.gov.uk/publichealthgrantconsultation

    To receive a hard copy of the questionnaire or for additional support to understand or complete the questionnaire, write to: Wellbeing Team, Level 2, Civic Centre, Reading RG1 2LU, call 01189 372383 or email: wellbeing.service@reading.gov.uk

  • Fri
    21
    Dec
    2018
    17:00 - 19:00Reading Minster

    Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX

    Reading Male Voice Choir, Reading A440 Choir and Occasions Choir in a joint Christmas Concert raising funds for the homeless.

    A beautiful concert with many carols and songs and a chance for the audience to sing. Tickets on sale from Cards for Good Causes in the Reading Minster.

  • Thu
    27
    Dec
    2018
    09:00 - 17:00Museum of English Rural Life

    Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    This year, the Museum of English Rural Life will be open between Christmas and New Year (27-30 December)! So if you need to get out of the house or are looking for a way to entertain visiting friends or family, you could bring them to explore the galleries, see the latest exhibitions and enjoy all kinds of activities.

    There’s plenty for everyone including a large model farm in the welcome space, interactive games and trails in the galleries, dressing up and brass rubbing in the Studio. There’s is also The Chicken and the Egg, a display in the Staircase Hall featuring fabulous archives and artwork from the poultry collections.

  • 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 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.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019
    12:00 - 16:30Abu Bakr Mosque

    330 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1AF

    The Muslim community from West Reading would like to extend a warm invite to the wider community to attend Abu Bakr Mosque’s open day on Sunday 3 March 2019.

    The Trustees, staff and volunteers from the mosque would like to welcome anyone wishing to attend the open day as it will provide an opportunity for the wider community to meet their Muslim neighbours, learn about what goes on at the mosque, the activities running and also broaden their knowledge of Islam in the wider context.

    The event will be running as part of the wider national ‘Visit my Mosque’ day initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain. As part of this initiative, 250+ mosques across the UK are holding open days to welcome in their neighbours from all faiths and none and building bridges across communities.

    The day will include guided tours around the mosque site, live Qur’an recitations, prayer demonstrations, speeches from children and the wider community who attend the mosque as well those from other faiths, and refreshments. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask any questions. Previous open day events have always been a positive and mutually beneficial experience for all those involved.

  • Tue
    12
    Mar
    2019
    16:00 - 17:30GROW

    Green Park, 250 South Oak Way, Reading RG2 6UG

    HMRC are making changes that will affect businesses, charities and sole traders. You may have heard about making tax digital and know you need to take action or you may not be sure how it affects you.

    The first stage of making tax digital starts on 1 April and focuses on VAT but many businesses and charities aren’t ready.

    Rachel Eden, Founder of the Holy Brook Finance team will lead a twilight briefing to help you make sure you are ready, that you know what actions are needed to avoid HMRC sanctions and penalties and how you can gain other benefits from the actions you need to take.

    We will be covering:

    • How to tell if you are affected
    • When you need to take action
    • Why you should use this as an opportunity to develop your business

    Light refreshements and a free goodie bag will be provided. For more information including a video introduction see the website at www.holybrook.com/makingtaxdigital.

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

  • Thu
    14
    Mar
    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 and a variety of projects to get involved in.
    • Thinking about employment – information on courses and appointments with employment advisers.
    • Support to Get on Line and make the most of the internet.
  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019
    09:30 - 11:30Southcote Community Centre

    Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QP

    March 2019 topic: sharing experiences
    A support group for family members who have children/young people with additional needs living within the community of Southcote.

    A safe and supportive space for sharing experiences and gaining support with the unique challenges faced by families of children with additional needs.

    Each session will include a half hour talk about being a parent of a child with additional needs. The remainder of the session will be for discussion of the topic and social support time.

    • Refreshments provided
    • Children welcome under parent’s supervision
    • Topics for future sessions to be decided, after discussion with the group

    For booking and further information, please contact Charlie Taylor via email at supportgroups@parentingspecialchildren.co.uk or phone on 07810 689679.

  • 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
    10:45 - 12:30Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    Mary Anning was an overlooked pioneer of palaeontology. As a working class, non-educated woman in the 1800s, she never published her findings but her discoveries paved the way for the modern understanding of our planet's history and the creatures that once roamed upon it. Hear about her life, the amazing creatures she found, and how we are looking to spread her story to inspire a new generation of geologists.

    Mary’s achievements will be extolled by Dr Katie Cooper, a lapsed geologist, science communicator and badge-wearing STEMinist, who is championing the Mary Anning Rocks campaign which aims to erect a statue of Mary in her home town of Lyme Regis.

    We will also be rocking with the Sunday Assembly Reading band and getting you to make your own discoveries.

    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
    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

  • Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019
    14:00 - 16:00Waterloo Meadows Children's Centre

    Elgar Road, Reading RG2 0BN

    Do you know where your community allotment is? Come and find out!

    • Enter our spring raffle
    • Get your bicycle tagged securely by the police (and receive a FREE raffle ticket)
    • Learn about fantastic schemes in your local area
    • Fun activities for kids
    • Tea, coffee and cakes

    Free event.

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019
    10:00 - 14:30Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    There are rising health inequalities leading to decreasing health across the populations and between specific groups. This is unjust and avoidable if the wealth asset of our communities and services are maximised.

    Acre, Utulivu Women, Women with Vision and other grassroots community groups supported by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Reading Borough Council, will come together on Friday the 29 March to hear how this is working so far and further explore how it can become more effective and meaningful, thereby narrowing the inequalities gap.

    Please get in touch through the contact details provided to register your attendance and be part of this initiative. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Contact details:
    Email: cecily.mwaniki@berkshire.nhs.uk
    Phone: 0118 951 0279

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019
    10:00 - 14:00The Rising Sun Arts Centre

    30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST

    Are you a volunteer, or do you benefit from volunteering? Reading Voluntary Action is seeking creative visual representations of what volunteering means, to be included in an exhibition during Volunteers’ Week 2019.

    If you’ve got an idea for a submission, but need some help making it a reality, drop into this special workshop at the Rising Sun Arts Centre and bring your idea to life!

    The workshop will be led by artists Ollie Musson and Kate Shorey and will focus on making the most of materials you already have – maybe using your smartphone to create photos or a video, writing something about your personal connection to volunteering, or using recycled or found materials.

    The workshop is free and open to all adults. You can just drop in on the day, but to help us plan, you can let us know you are attending, or ask questions, by emailing awards@rva.org.uk.

    For more information about the exhibition see http://rva.org.uk/article.

  • Tue
    02
    Apr
    2019
    18:00 - 19:00Caversham Baptist Church

    Prospect Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8JB

    Everyone is welcome to come along and find out how to set up and run a street party in their neighbourhood. Local group Caversham Champions to End Loneliness is running the free session at Caversham Baptist Church in partnership with Reading Voluntary Action (RVA).

    In recent years, national campaigns have promoted street parties as a way of meeting new people, reducing loneliness, connecting people with their neighbourhood and having a lot of fun! Over two weekends, The Big Lunch (1-2 June) and The Great Get Together (21-23 June) street parties will be happening across the country.

    Workshop leader David Neale from RVA has organised many street parties in Reading and will guide participants through the kinds of things that need to be considered such as applying to the council, whether insurance is needed, publicity, playing music, serving food etc. The workshop will also cover suggestions for fun and inclusive activities to offer at neighbourhood events.

    If you would like to attend this free workshop, please book at www.eventbrite.co.uk or ring Lesley on 01189 473394.

  • 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.

  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019
    15:30 - 20:00Civic Offices

    Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    Come along to this workshop and panel event to ask the experts and get practical, engaging support to develop your own projects.

    Building a diverse portfolio of income from grant funding, in-kind support, crowd funding and more, is a challenge faced by a wide variety of organisations and individuals.

    This event aims to give you some of the tools you might need to ensure your organisation has sustainable funds for your creative programmes.

    The session is in two halves, a practical workshop followed by a panel discussion and a drinks reception. You are welcome to attend one or both, but please book each half separately

    15:30 – 17:30: Crowdfunding Workshop with Phil Geraghty, founder of Crowdfunder.co.uk
    17:45 – 19:15: Funding Panel Question and Answer
    Panel includes:
    Mary Genis, CultureMix
    Kirsti Wilson, Connect Reading
    Phil Geraghty, Crowdfunder.co.uk
    Terry Adams, Arts Council England
    Stuart McLeod, National Heritage Lottery Fund
    19:15 – 20:00: Networking

    To book a place, please sign up via https://diversifyfunding.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • 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.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019
    10:30 - 13:00Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    I don’t know about you, but for me as a kid, Easter was about Easter Eggs. It was breaking the thick chocolate shell and hoping there was a gift inside. As a parent, Easter was hiding mini chocolate eggs, each of us taking turns to be the hider and shouting “HOTTER, HOTTER, COLDER!” to the searchers as they frantically scoured the garden for glints of silver wrapping in the bushes and trees.

    This month we welcome Fiona Lahive from Cocoa Research UK at Reading University, who will talk about the humble bean that has had such a profound impact on our culture.

    As always there will be silly games, sharing, socialising, and singing along with The Word of Bob: Sweet Child Of Mine, Sweet Dreams, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You and Sweet Caroline.

    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.

    The best way to meet new people is to come early and enjoy some tea, coffee, homemade cakes and savouries (vegan-friendly).

  • Wed
    24
    Apr
    2019
    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 24 April 2019.

    Following a brief AGM, garden historian Ben Viljoen will be giving a illustrated talk about the work of the landscape designer Humphry Repton in Berkshire.

    Humphry Repton was the last great English landscape designer of the eighteenth century, often regarded as the successor to Capability Brown.

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

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019
    16:00 StartSouth Street Arts Centre

    21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU

    StrikeUp Theatre invite you to attend the free community performance of their debut Arts Council funded show, Silent Generation.

    About Silent Generation: The play emerges from interviews with Reading residents born between 1925 and 1945; an era when children should be seen-and-not-heard, and when it often felt dangerous to speak out politically. Now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, are the Silent Generation heard today? With low social integration and little representation across television and social-media platforms, it doesn’t feel like it.

    Following 10 months of interviews, Rachel Mary directs the piece with a company of 4 actors (Patricia Loveland, Peter Marinker, Stella Ross and Michael Curran), aged between 68 and 84 years, who bring their shared experience to the performance of the script, beautifully crafted by StrikeUp Associate Joe Marsh.

    About the Director: Rachel Mary is an emerging theatre maker with a background in political theatre and physical comedy. She trained at the Antonio Fava Commedia School, Reggio Emilia and with Fourth Monkey Theatre Company (2013-15) and studied with the University of Essex Drama Department (2009-2012), specialising in political theatre.

    Since then Rachel has worked as an actor and director in London and the South East, developing her professional practise working alongside established theatre makers and companies.

    Further information: Please contact Rachel to confirm your free place by emailing rachel@strikeuptheatre.co.uk or calling 07514 712785.

  • Fri
    26
    Apr
    2019
    09:30 - 11:30Southcote Community Centre

    Coronation Sqaure, Reading RG30 3QP

    A support group for family members who have children/young people with additional needs living within the community of Southcote.

    A safe and supportive space for sharing experiences and gaining support with the unique challenges faced by families of children with additional needs.

    Each session will include a half hour talk about being a parent of a child with additional needs. The remainder of the session will be for discussion of the topic and social support time.

    • Refreshments provided
    • Children welcome under parent’s supervision
    • Topics for future sessions to be decided, after discussion with the group

    For booking and further information, please contact Charlie Taylor via email at supportgroups@parentingspecialchildren.co.uk or phone on 07810 689679.

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019
    23:00Locations around Caversham

    Be part of Caversham's first Green Ticket Trail!

    Sellers: Time for a Spring clean? Do you have a house full of items which you would love to sell? No time to individually list them online? Why not host a Green Ticket sale from the convenience of your garage, driveway, porch or front garden for just £10? Register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk and receive all you'll need to run a successful sale, plus you'll be supporting a great charity - Helen and Douglas House. Once registered, on 27 April set up and sell.

    Buyers: Put the date in your diary. Discover many treasures along the trail and bag yourself a bargain or two. Meet your local neighbours and enjoy a different shopping experience. You’ll receive a map, for £1, with all the sale locations on it and discover pre-loved treasures and fabulous finds along the trail!

    It's all about selling something you don't want to someone who does - in your local community!

    More information can be found at www.facebook.com/GreenTicketTrails/.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    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 28 April in The Christmas room at The Great Expectations Hotel, we look forward to meeting you!

    For more information please contact Gabrielle on 07802 800276.

  • 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.

  • Wed
    01
    May
    2019
    19:30 - 21:00Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Between 1995 - 2015 worldwide production of palm oil quadrupled. It is expected to quadruple again by 2050. Oil palm plantations account for 10% of all global cropland. It is a miracle crop for the producers. It gives the highest yield per acre of any oil seed crop.

    What is driving the massive increase in demand? What effect is it having on people and planet? What can we do?

    We will have a short film and talk followed by discussion.

    For more information please contact Jackie Oversby by email at jackieoversby@gmail.com.

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Berkshire West Your Way

    1A Rupert Square, Reading RG1 3HE

    Would you like to better manage your mental health and wellbeing?
    Would you like to be part of a supportive peer group?

    This group will provide a safe and supportive environment where participants will support each other and learn from each other to build on and develop skills to manage their own wellbeing.

    The group will run from 10:00 to 13:00 at Berkshire West Your Way on the following dates:

    • Friday 3 May
    • Friday 10 May
    • Friday 17 May
    • Friday 24 May

    If you would like to find out more or register for a place please contact Carole Connolly at Berkshire West Your Way, either by phone on 01189 660240 or email at berkshirewest-yourway@together-uk.org.

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    12:00 - 17:00Coronation Square, Southcote

    Reading RG30 3QP.

    A fun filled day for all the family. We have live entertainment, face painting, dancers, inflatables, food stalls and much more!

  • Wed
    15
    May
    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. 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

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 12:00Green Health, Well Centre

    Dawlish Road, Whitley, Reading RG2 7SD

    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (13 to 19 May 2019) Green Health Thames Valley is delighted to invite you to an open morning on Thursday 16 May.

    It’s been another busy year with our clients designing and creating our new sensory garden which gave them a real sense of ownership and achievement.

    Drop in between 10:00 and 12:00 for coffee and pastries. Meet some of our gardeners, see our new sensory garden, and find out how we use horticultural therapy to help improve mental health.

    Please let us know if you are attending by emailing admin@greenhealthreading.org by Tuesday 14 May.

  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
    12:30 - 13:30Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    16 May 2019 is the date of the next Befriending Forum on the third floor of Reading Central Library. It’s open to anyone wanting to reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading – community groups, organisations and individuals.

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

    • Launch of the Ready Friends toolkit - With hard copies for all attendees and a presentation of the online version.
    • Round-table discussion about transport - Transport is under the spotlight in a round-table discussion lead by Peter Absolon from Readibus.
    • Celebrating friendship volunteers - There will be an event in Reading during national Befriending Week to celebrate the contribution of friendship volunteers. Find out from the Forum’s working group what’s being proposed and how you and your volunteers can get involved.

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

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Berkshire West Your Way

    1A Rupert Square, Reading RG1 3HE

    Would you like to better manage your mental health and wellbeing?
    Would you like to be part of a supportive peer group?

    This group will provide a safe and supportive environment where participants will support each other and learn from each other to build on and develop skills to manage their own wellbeing.

    The group will run from 10:00 to 13:00 at Berkshire West Your Way on the following dates:

    • Friday 17 May
    • Friday 24 May

    If you would like to find out more or register for a place please contact Carole Connolly at Berkshire West Your Way, either by phone on 01189 660240 or email at berkshirewest-yourway@together-uk.org.

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019
    11:00 - 13:00St Michael's Church Hall

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

    St Michael’s Church annual Spring Fayre and Plant Sale is on Saturday 18 May with plants, a hamper raffle, toasted sandwiches and pancakes.

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

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019
    12:30 - 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
    21
    May
    2019
    14:45 - 16:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Matt Taylor from Age UK Reading is a Dementia Champion and will be delivering this free training session for anyone from Reading’s community and voluntary sector wanting to become a Dementia Friend, as part of Dementia Action Week.

    What is a Dementia Friend?
    A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community.Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.

    What does a Dementia Friend do?
    Dementia Friends help people living with dementia by taking actions – both big and small.These actions don’t have to be time-consuming. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts!

    Dementia Friends can also get involved with things like volunteering, campaigning or wearing a badge to raise awareness. Dementia Friends is open to anyone who wants to help people with dementia in their community.

  • Wed
    22
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 16:00Museum of English Rural Life

    Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    This drop-in awareness event is part of The MERL and Reading Museum’s Cultural Commissioning partnership delivering ‘ageing well’ programmes.

    As part of Dementia Action Week 2019, The Reading Dementia Action Alliance (of which The MERL is a member) is coordinating the event to raise awareness of dementia and increase knowledge of services and support available in our town. Alongside heritage and culture, we will be showcasing singing groups and physical activities and other services on offer to help people to live well with their dementia and support for their carers, families and loved ones.

    The event is open to anyone wishing to learn more about dementia, professionals and individuals living with dementia and their carers.

    Throughout the day:

    • Quiet Zone with dementia friendly helpers
    • Companion tour of The MERL (30 mins)
    • Reminiscence sessions (book on the day)
    • Gardening sessions with The MERL
    • Reading Voluntary Action Information hub

    Download event leaflet

  • Wed
    22
    May
    2019
    19:30 - 20:30Friends' Meeting House

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB

    We are offering a lecture on organic food to mark True Food’s 20th Anniversary. Our speaker, the Rev. Leon Collyer, grew up on a farm using chemicals to increase productivity. Leon has since discovered from research he conducted in the USA that organic farming can be just as productive, while also being ethical, healthy and sustainable.

    The lecture is free and open to all. It will be followed by True Food’s own AGM.

  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 14:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Autism Berkshire is pleased to host a free Accessing Public Services Toolkit Workshop for parents and carers, from Cerebra, the charity for children with brain conditions, including autism.

    The workshop aims to support parents and carers of disabled people, as well as professionals who advise them, who are encountering difficulties with the statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services.

    By the end of this workshop you should be able to

    • Consider commonly-occurring problems that parents face accessing services;
    • Recognise different types of dispute;
    • Identify and use the problem-solving approaches within the Toolkit.

    Target audience: Parents and carers of disabled children, young people or adults resident in Berkshire and front line professionals who support parents and carers.

    For further information and to book your free place, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019
    10:00 - 15:30Caversham Heights Methodist Church

    74 Highmoor Road, Reading RG4 7BG

    Caversham Heights Methodist Church is hosting a day on holiday for older people in Caversham and North Reading who are not able to get out and about as much as they would like.

    You are invited to meet with friends, relax and share in the fun and laughter. There will be something for everyone from crafts, talks, games and puzzles, or simply take the opportunity to chat and relax. This year there is no need to book, just come along.

    Morning coffee, afternoon tea and a midday meal will be provided. Please let us know of any dietary needs.

    There will be lots of friendly helpers to give a hand where possible. Unfortunately we are unable to provide adequate cover for people with dementia or those needing assistance with personal care. We will do our best to help with any problems with transport.

    Entry is £6.00, including food and activities. Please contact Janet on 01189 470903 for more information.

  • Wed
    29
    May
    2019
    19:30 - 22:30Crowne Plaza Hotel

    Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8BD

    You are cordially invited to our special Iftar Dinner on 29 of May 2019 at Crowne Plaza Reading to promote fellowship, peace and solidarity.

    As you may know, the holy month of Ramadan commenced on 5 May this year. Ramadan is a month when the relationships within and outside the community are strengthened by fasting and breaking the fast together. To reinforce the friendship and dialogue between diverse communities, we gather in intercultural dinners during Ramadan with people from all walks of life – of varied communities, faith groups and non-faith groups – to emphasise values such as mutual understanding, deep respect, love and peace.

    The dinner’s theme this year will be unity, and it will be a great honour to see you at the dinner. Please register here, by 22:00 on 24 May.

    Co-organisers: Fellowship Educational Society, Reading Borough Council and the Dialogue Society. The event is free, but donations are welcome.

  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019
    14:00 - 16:30Abbeyfield House

    11 Maitland Road, Reading RG1 6NL

    We are pleased to invite you to join the residents and staff of Abbeyfield House at our Summer Open House Extravaganza. Cream teas, raffle, tombola and much more.

    All welcome. Entrance is free.

    At Abbeyfield House, we help older people to live as independently as possible by providing care, support and companionship, in a warm and friendly environment. The home is owned and operated by a charity, Abbeyfield (Reading) Society Ltd.

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

    Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 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…

    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.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    12:00 - 15:00The Carey Centre

    Anstey Road, Reading RG1 7JR

    Community Fun Day at the Carey Centre on Saturday 8 June from 12:00. Free event with fun and games for all ages, a bouncy castle, BBQ, and more.

  • Tue
    11
    Jun
    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 outcomes of the training are to:

    • Better understand your role and legal responsibilities as a trustee
    • Understand how this role fits with other roles in the charity
    • Understand your reporting responsibilities
    • Know where to go for help and support
    • Feel confident in being an active member of your Board/Committee and helping to achieve your charities purposes!

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees and will also give a valuable introduction to anyone thinking of taking on the role.

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

  • Fri
    14
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 - 18:00Riverside Museum

    The Turbine House, Gas Works Road, Reading RG1 3DH

    The Art of Trees brings to Reading a major exhibition of British artists, feted by the national press, with guest artists from Reading, whose subject is trees. There is wide diversity in colours, sizes, style, themes, philosophy and vision making it a stunning show. Paintings are for sale. The show is open daily and there will be three special events:

    • Tuesday 18 June, 14:00 start at The Turbine House or wait at the Forbury Entrance to the Abbey at 14:10. Dr Carolyn Jenkins, Parks Development Manager for Reading, leads a guided walk round The Forbury Gardens’ magnificent tree specimens.
    • Wednesday 19 June, 14:30 Tim Craven, curator of the show and artist of note talks about his life as an artist and takes us round the show.
    • Sunday 23 June, 14:30. A dream team of poets from Two Rivers Press recites poetry related to trees.

    Contact rtwn2011@gmail.com for more information or to book for the events.

  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 - 17:00Reading Town Centre

    Broad Street - Market Place

    Back after a year, all things spicy from chilli eating competitions to the latest spice products. Part of the month long celebration of food 'Eat Reading' this festival will provide another fantastic day out for chilli lovers everywhere.

    There will be stalls and entertainment stretching from Broad Street to Market Place and the now famous chilli cook-off will now take over Town Hall Square.

    The cream of the UK chilli industry as well as local artisan companies will be offering a glorious array of products from around the world, from chilli sauces to chutneys, seeds and plants, spices and even chilli beer and cider! With over 40 chilli and non chilli stalls there is sure to be something for everyone.

    Free entry event. For more information see the website at www.readingchillifest.co.uk.

  • Sat
    15
    Jun
    2019
    11:00 - 17:00Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the Kennet

    This year's Reading Water Fest will take place on Saturday 15 June and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the event. Water Fest takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum.

    Reading Borough Council and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope you can join them for a very enjoyable day! The event will consist of live entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments, water activities, narrowboats, craft and charity stalls.

    For more information on the event please contact the Events and Festivals Department by phone on 01189 372771.

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019
    10:30 - 12:30Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    If we could walk in some else’s shoes would we forgive them for who they are and what they have done? Should we encourage more empathy or does empathy have limits?

    This month we welcome Margot Ravenscroft of Amicus, a UK charity that helps provide representation for those facing the death penalty in the United States. It will be a tale of the individuals and the impact they have in this difficult area.

    As always there will be silly games, sharing, socialising and singing along with The Word of Bob. After the Assembly, we will either go for a picnic or to Brewdog depending on the weather.

    Getting to Sunday Assembly: There is free parking on Sundays on the streets north of the Irish Centre. Try Weldale, North and Great Knollys Streets but get there early. There is a footpath that leads from Weldale Street to Chatham Street and then the Irish Centre will be on your right.

    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
    19
    Jun
    2019
    19:30 - 21:00Pakistan Community Centre

    373 London Road, Reading RG1 3PB

    On 19 June, Reading Interfaith Group will meet up again. We’re hoping to share insights around the theme ‘Overcoming hate with love’. We would like to find inspiration in our diverse faith traditions to counter hate in society and in our own hearts. The outline of the evening:

    • Short contributions from different faiths: readings of Scriptures and prayers. Please contact us if you want to represent your faith group.
    • Discussion in small, mixed groups: How can we overcome hate with love in Reading and beyond?
    • Central feedback and suggestions for a future meeting.

    Contact details:
    Email: contact@readinginterfaith.org.uk
    Phone: 07947 259910

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    10:00 - 15:00The Weller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Reading RG4 5NA

    Come to the Weller Centre for a fun day out. We will have lots of activities for you to get involved with.

    Main Hall Program:

    • 11:00-12:00 Disco
    • 12:00-12:30 Board and Presentation of Peppercorn
    • 12:30-13:00 Disco
    • 13:00-14:30 Play list
    • 14:30 Conco Dance demo

    Throughout the event CMA Henna Painting, Craft Club, Face Painting and cooking Demo in the meeting room. Car Boot and Table top sale, Basketball, BBQ,  Bouncy Castle and Bike repairs in the outside areas.

    Tea, Coffee and cakes available in the Cafe.

  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019
    19:30 - 23:00The Royal British Legion

    Woodward Close, Winnersh, Wokingham RG41 5LP

    Summerfest is a musical evening of singers and friends from the hospital, singing different types of music and raising funds for League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire hospital. During the evening there will also be a raffle all to raise funds for the charity.

    Tickets cost just £5. For more information please call on 07983 982094.

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019
    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.

  • Sat
    06
    Jul
    2019
    11:00 - 15:00Whitley 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. During the day there will be exciting demonstrations and a chance to see the appliances and equipment the crew uses.

    It's a family friendly free event so don't miss out.

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019
    12:00 - 17:00Baker Street

    Reading RG1 7JS

    This is the big one. We close off Baker Street, from Carey Street/Zinzan Street along to Howard Street/Body Road and have a party. Please bring along some food for us all to share. We will provide (soft) drinks, cutlery, crockery, chairs and tables so you can eat your food, chat to your neighbours and enjoy the sunshine.

    There will also be activities such as live music, Zumba, martial arts, bouncy castles, swingball, the regular BSANA quiz and a crazy golf course! Opens at Noon, but you are welcome to come any time from 10:00 and help us set everything up.

  • Wed
    10
    Jul
    2019
    10:00 - 12:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Are you on the committee of a small community group in Reading and looking for support? Being on a committee or managing a charity is extremely rewarding but it can also sometimes be challenging or isolating and there’s a lot to learn in running a group! So why not come along to our Social Action Leaders Network.

    The network will help to:

    • Increase your confidence in your role in managing or leading a small group;
    • Increase your skills in leading others in your community, planning activities, managing finance, communications and all the practicalities of running a small community group;
    • Help you to build a network of peer support with those in similar roles around the town.

    This first network will explore:
    Your group’s vision: Creatively imagining what success looks like for your group and top tips on leading others with inspiration.

    As well as a short talk, the session will also include break out discussions, having a go at revisiting your vision, and a chance to network with others who who are running community groups in Reading over tea, coffee and biscuits.

    For further information and to book your free place, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk.

    If you have any questions about the network, please contact Herjeet Randhawa, RVA Advice Worker on 01189 372273 or by email at herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk.

  • Wed
    10
    Jul
    2019
    18:30 - 20:30St Laurence's Church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    Reading Soup returns for a summer edition on Wednesday 10 July.

    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 https://readingsoup.com.

  • Thu
    18
    Jul
    2019
    10:15 - 13:15Reading Voluntary Action

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

    All voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. This training is for anyone who works or volunteers for a community group or charity in Reading where services are delivered to or they come into contact with vulnerable adults.

    By the end of the course you will be able to:

    • Describe circumstances that can make adults vulnerable to abuse
    • Recognise possible indicators of abuse
    • Respond in line with the safeguarding procedures if abuse is found or suspected
    • Report and record appropriately
    • Recognise your duty of care to safeguard adults
    • Understand the importance of professional boundaries and the consequences of breach

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

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2019
    09:30 - 11:30Southcote Community Centre

    Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QP

    A support group for family members who have children/young people with additional needs living within the community of Southcote.

    A safe and supportive space for sharing experiences and gaining support with the unique challenges faced by families of children with additional needs.

    Each session will include a half hour talk about being a parent of a child with additional needs. The remainder of the session will be for discussion of the topic and social support time.

    • Refreshments provided
    • Children welcome under parent’s supervision
    • Topics for future sessions to be decided, after discussion with the group

    For booking and further information, please contact Charlie Taylor via email at supportgroups@parentingspecialchildren.co.uk or phone on 07810 689679.

  • Thu
    01
    Aug
    2019
    14:00 - 16:00Rivermead Leisure Complex

    Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ

    The Maples Centre are holding a summer tea dance on Thursday 1 August, in the Thames Suite at the Rivermead Leisure Complex. We will be holding a raffle and there will also be entertainment by singer Harry Goff.

    To book your place please call Ellie Shaw on 01189 374525.

  • Thu
    15
    Aug
    2019
    11:00 - 15:00The Oracle Shopping Centre

    Reading RG1 2AG

    Featuring local organisations supporting people with a long-term health condition and their carers, and showcasing activities including basic sign language training, hearing test, hand massage and nail painting. The event will also showcase organisations and community groups that promote health and wellbeing to help people stay health in mind and body.

    If you need any additional support to attend the events, please contact the team as soon as possible by email on Wellbeing.Service@reading.gov.uk.

  • Sat
    17
    Aug
    2019
    12:00 - 18:00Broad Street, Reading

    Culture Mix presents Carnival of the World 2019, a colourful celebration of music, art, dance and diversity.

    Featuring a live music stage and the spectacular Broad Street walking parade with percussionists, dancers and Carnival costume the event showcases local and international cultural talent.

    Join Culture Mix in the heart of Reading town centre as we celebrate and showcase great music and art for all.

    Free event. For more information see the Culture Mix website at https://culturemixarts.co.uk.

  • Sat
    31
    Aug
    2019
    12:00 onwardsKing's Meadow Park

    Napier Road, Reading RG1 8BN

    Reading Pride's annual Parade & Festival returns for its sixteenth year on Saturday 31 August 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 market stalls.

    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 https://readingpride.co.uk.

  • Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019
    14:00 - 17:00Harris Garden

    216 Pepper Lane, Reading University grounds, Reading RG6 5SH

    A day of fun to raise money for Reading Mencap. We have around 15 to 20 local businesses holding stalls there along with 5 of our own, including Tombola, raffle, plants and refreshments.

    It will be opened by our Patron Sir John Madjeski. All to raise much needed funds.

    Entry: Adults £3, kids go free, no Dogs allowed.

  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2019
    11:00 - 13:00Community Place

    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

  • Tue
    17
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 - 17:00Holy Brook Gallery

    Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    This is an exhibition of artwork created by clients attending Churches in Reading Drop in Centre. Its purpose is to display to the general public the variety of drawings, paintings, sculpture and poetry that has been produced over a period of time by people experiencing hardship in the form of homelessness, unemployment, mental illness, addiction etc. It is a tribute to the talent and artistic abilities of those who may feel on the margins of society.

    The exhibition will run from 17 September to 28 September 2019, in Central Library’s Holy Brook Gallery, during the library’s normal opening hours.

  • Sat
    28
    Sep
    2019
    12:00 - 16:00Forbury Gardens

    Reading RG1 3BB

    Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. First held in 2011, so far there have been five fantastic ‘picnics in the park’ celebrating the delicious fruit and veg that is grown in Reading. 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 meal is accompanied by music from local bands, family fun activities, plus the chance to learn more about growing your own food, shop with local producers and find out what local community and sustainability groups are doing in Reading.

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

  • Mon
    14
    Oct
    2019
    09:30 - 15:15Conference Centre

    100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

    You are invited to attend Berkshire Community Foundation's Symposium to be held on Monday 14 October 2019 at Green Park in Reading.

    A full programme will be offered on the day, with speakers covering topics such as:

    • Staying positive in the face of big challenges
    • Public Speaking
    • A finance update
    • A legal update from Blandy and Blandy

    There will be some networking opportunities where you will have the chance to talk to other voluntary organisations and discuss issues impacting on your work.

    In order to book a place for your organisation, please register via www.eventbrite.co.uk by Monday 30 September 2019.