Wed27Feb201910:00 - 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
Thu28Feb201910:00 - 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.
Thu28Feb201910:30 - 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!
Sat02Mar201914:00 - 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.
Sat16Mar201918:00 - 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.
Sun17Mar201912:30 - 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:
- Mechanical items
- Computers (hardware/software)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
Tue19Mar201910:30 - 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.
Wed03Apr201910:15 - 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 email@example.com if you need this code.
Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Sat13Apr201911:00 - 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.
Sat20Apr201914:00 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed01May201918:30 - 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.
Sat08Jun201911:00 - 16:00Victoria Recreation Ground
Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG13 6HT
Annual League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Summer Fete – fun for all the family.
Stalls including charities, craft, food and drink, tombola and games, inflatables, ice cream and much more…
Stalls are available to book up until the middle of May. Get in touch at the first opportunity for pricing and further information and to book a stall.
Entry for public on the day: £1 for adults and 50p for children.