• Sun
    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
    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 in advance to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, kindly contact RVA on 01189 372273 or email as soon as possible.

  • Tue
    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 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
    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
    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
    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:
    Phone: 01189 660240

  • Tue
    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.

  • Sat
    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.

    Contact details:
    Phone: 01189 574778

  • Wed
    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
    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 to confirm your place.

  • Sun
    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 if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Tue
    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 or phone on 01189 599009.

  • Tue
    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 The cost is £10 per person.

  • Sun
    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.

  • Mon
    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.