Thu29Aug201910:30 – 14:30Museum of English Rural Life
Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX
Join us in the MERL garden to as we explore how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Sessions are suitable for families with children aged 5-12 and will include:
- Getting hands on with real objects from the museum
- Helping to create a community rag rug
- Using your creative skills to create something new from something old
£5 per participating child, adults free. All children must be accompanied by an adult, parents/carers are encourage to assist with all activities.
Choose from a 1.5 hour session at 10:30-12:00 or 13:00-14:30 (second session is a repeat of the first). Please book preferred session online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.
Sat31Aug201912:00 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.
Fri06Sep201912:15 - 14:00Council Chamber
Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU
Reading Borough Council invite you to attend a Dementia Friends training session in the Council Chamber. The aim of the session is to train volunteers, who can encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia, and to train Dementia Friends Champions on how to help their community.
- The Dementia Friends session will start at 12:45 and will be followed by the Older People’s Working Group at 14:00
- Lunch and refreshments will be on offer at 12:15
If you would like to attend, please book your place via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01189 372383.
Sun08Sep201914:00 - 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.
Tue10Sep201911:00 - 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.
Sun15Sep201912:30 - 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:
- 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 email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
Tue17Sep201910:00 - 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.
Sat21Sep201914:00 - 17:00Caversham Court Gardens
Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD
Guided tours of the beautiful riverside gardens and the listed 17th century summer house give a unique glimpse into the history of the house that once stood on the site, of the families who lived there, and of the history of Caversham and its links with Reading across the Thames.
Sensory tours for visually or hearing impaired people are available on request, run by experienced guides from the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens.
Families can also follow an architectural trail which takes them on a fascinating journey of exploration and discovery around the summer house. The activities along the trail will engage the youngest ones and even adults will look at the building in a different way.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed25Sep201918:00 - 19:45Friends Meeting House
2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB
Councillor Tony Jones will talk about the future of Social Care in Reading as we move to further integration of health and social care under the Berkshire West Integrated Care partnership. There will be opportunity for discussion and questions. We also discuss local healthcare news and reports from local GP practice Patient Participation Groups.
Thu26Sep201912:30 - 16:15Community Place
Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ
Anyone interested in reducing loneliness and social isolation is welcome at the next Befriending Forum on Thursday 26 September.
The focus of this event is on how to show the impact of your work – to funders, the public, beneficiaries and to your own volunteers and staff.
The agenda includes:
- A networking lunch
- A presentation by the national organisation Befriending Networks
- Hearing local funders’ perspectives
- A data visualisation workshop
- A chance to get creative and develop your practice
The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.
Free event but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.
Sat28Sep201912:00 - 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.
Mon30Sep201910:00 - 15:00Broad Street Mall
Broad Street, Reading RG1 7QE
Featuring local organisations supporting older people and their carers. Also showcasing many local community groups offering fun activities that people can get involved in, to connect to their communities and improve their health and wellbeing (music, singing, dance, exercise and more).
More information about the programme of activities to follow.
Wed02Oct201919:30 - 23:00Royal British Legion
Downing Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5BB
Annual quiz night and charity auction run by and raising funds for League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
£12 per person for teams of up to 6 people includes a basket meal (served at approx. 20:15). Lots of fun for all throughout the evening!
Sun06Oct201911:00 - 15:00The Silvers Workshop
37 Hilcot Road, Reading RG30 2SX
The Silvers’ Workshop are holding an open day on 6 October 2019, to celebrate a national event Silver Sunday which highlights activities undertaken across the nation by persons of a certain age and over.
The open day will take place from 11:00 until 15:00 and will showcase the activities and projects our workshop undertakes. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits will be provided and served by Asda’s Community Champion. All welcome.
Tue08Oct201909:00 - 12:00Meadow Suite - University of Reading
Minghella Building, Shinfield Road, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6BT
Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations in Reading to sign up for a free event on 8 October 2019. The Road to Growth event will be hosted at the Meadow Suite in the University of Reading and will provide attendees with the latest insight on the state of the social sector at a time of change and challenge.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations will present an update on the state of the sector and then local and national sector specialists will engage with the audience in unpicking some of the challenges and opportunities that exist.
Panelists will share research and insights on the state of the sector, how political and Brexit uncertainty are impacting the sector, examples of how charities and social enterprises are responding. Attendees will leave with practical insight and guidance to help their organisations survive and thrive in a changing world.
Mon14Oct201909:30 - 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.
Thu17Oct201919:30 - 21:30Christchurch
Christchurch Road, Reading RG2 7AR
Arnhem Clarinet Choir are an internationally known choir from Holland. They are in Reading to celebrate their 30th anniversary with two concerts. This is the first of the two, an evening of beautiful woodwind music. Free entry event.