• Fri
    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:
    Phone: 0118 951 0279

  • Sat
    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

    For more information about the exhibition see

  • Tue
    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 or ring Lesley on 01189 473394.

  • Wed
    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 if you need this code.

    Please register at

  • Sat
    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.

  • Sat
    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

  • Wed
    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:
    Phone: 0118 954 5779.

  • Fri
    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 or phone on 07810 689679.

  • Sat
    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 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

  • Wed
    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

  • Wed
    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

  • Sat
    11:00 - 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.

    See the website at for more information. If you have any queries please phone 01183 228592 or email