Events

  • 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.

    This 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.

  • Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019
    10:30 - 12:30Penta Hotel

    Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7RH.

    We are not solitary beasts. Our meaning is wrapped up in the lives of others. For some, connection is made in group identity, for others, it is with individuals but for most, both elements are required. We all crave community in some respect. Sunday Assembly is an experiment on how to create a space that satisfies these basic human needs without resorting to dogma, superstition, judgement or exclusivity.

    Sunday Assembly Reading has existed for nearly five years. It is about time we spent a moment explaining why we do this important and joyous thing.

    For those new to Sunday Assembly, both coming from religious or secular backgrounds. this will be a chance to investigate some preconceptions of what community is and how it can exist. For our regulars expect some bonus songs and games in a plusher air-conditioned venue.

    After the Assembly, we will either go for a picnic or to Brewdog depending on the weather.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations.

  • 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
    01
    Aug
    2019
    15:00 - 16:00Meadway Sports Centre

    Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4BZ

    Come along and join us for this 6-week Boxercise course for 18 to 25 year olds. Have fun, get fit, and meet new people. Starts on 1 August 2019. Compass Recovery College offers free courses, workshops and social groups to help improve your mental health and wellbeing.

    To register or find out more please call 01189 373945, email compass.opportunities@reading.gov.uk or visit the website at www.compassrecoverycollege.uk.

  • Tue
    13
    Aug
    2019
    14:00 - 16:00Community Place

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

    The One Reading Participation and Engagement Forum is for voluntary sector organisations, parents, and community representatives who are working with families to improve outcomes for young people in Reading.

    The Forum is part of the One Reading partnership and this first meeting will include the following:

    • An introduction to the partnership and how it relates to Brighter Futures for Children.
    • An update on development work to generate funding for the Youth Partnership and the One Family Social Impact Bond.
    • Consultation on a terms of reference to include a voice framework that will enable young people, parents/carers and the wider community to shape and influence the partnership.
    • Consultation and engagement for research to explore the experience of children and young people growing up in the town.

    Register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book a space.

  • 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.

  • Thu
    29
    Aug
    2019
    10:30 – 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.

  • 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.

  • Fri
    06
    Sep
    2019
    12:15 - 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 opwg@reading.gov.uk or phone on 01189 372383.

  • 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.

  • Sun
    15
    Sep
    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
    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.

  • Wed
    18
    Sep
    2019
    14:00 - 15:30Chimney Court

    Shilling Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4EN

    This is a fully inclusive seated exercise group for older adults with a focus on keeping active and staying social. It is based within our extra care housing scheme, but open to members of the community. Sessions run term-time and include around 45-60 minutes of activities such as stretches, parachute activities and gentle movement games.

    The sessions are suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. We are wheelchair accessible with parking available and easy bus route access. The session finishes with tea and coffee and the chance to chat with others.

    Contact details
    Email: gail.borrows@gmail.com
    Phone: 07932 188129

  • Thu
    19
    Sep
    2019
    15:00 - 18:00Ridgeline Trust Therapeutic Gardens

    25 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BY

    We believe that gardening is good for health and wellbeing. Come and find out about the gardening opportunities for you or your clients at our launch event at the Ridgeline Trust Therapeutic Gardens.

    Reading Gardening for Health and Wellbeing Network is a collaboration of over 10 community gardens and horticultural therapy groups in the Greater Reading area.

    For more information about this event please email rgfhwn@gmail.com.

  • Sat
    21
    Sep
    2019
    14:00 - 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 friends@fccg.org.uk.

  • Tue
    24
    Sep
    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.

    Outcomes of this training are:

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

    To achieve this we will cover:

    • Introduction: ‘Trustee’, ‘Charity’ and legal structures
    • Trustee roles and responsibilities: 6 Main Legal Duties
    • Policies and Procedures: Which ones? Why do they matter?
    • Accounting & Reporting – the essentials
    • Essential resources and links to help you on your way (Tools)

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees and will also give a valuable introduction to anyone thinking of taking on the role. In some small community groups you may refer to yourselves as the Comittee. If you have overall responsibility for your community group, then this course is for you.

    Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk. The cost is £10, which includes materials. Refreshments are provided.

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019
    18:00 - 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.

  • Thu
    26
    Sep
    2019
    12:30 - 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.

  • 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
    30
    Sep
    2019
    10:00 - 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.

  • Wed
    02
    Oct
    2019
    19:30 - 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!

    See the website at www.lof-royalberks.org.uk for more information. To book your place/table please get in touch by emailing lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019
    11:00 - 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.

  • Tue
    08
    Oct
    2019
    09:00 - 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.

    To find out more visit https://go.charitybank.org/road-to-growth. Register for the event at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Thu
    10
    Oct
    2019
    14:15 - 17:15New Directions College

    330 Northumberland Avenue, Whitley, Reading RG2 8DH

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is running a Syrian Refugee Information Session at New Directions College.

    From covering basic greetings to the potential expectations about life in the UK, Refugee Information Sessions help host communities better understand how to collectively assist refugees to rebuild their lives and encourage participation in the local community.

    IOM regularly updates the sessions using information gathered from their global field offices and other relevant sources to reflect the shifting realities for refugees prior to resettlement. IOM partners with members of refugee communities to co-facilitate the sessions and provide insight into their history and culture.

    Sessions are CPD-certified and include:

    • Modern and ancient history of the country
    • Geography, demographics, religions and cultural groups of the refugees’ country
    • Cultural traditions (etiquette, clothing, holidays, diet, family)
    • Health and education systems in the country
    • Displacement and the humanitarian crisis
    • Experiences of resettled refugees
    • Subjects covered in pre-departure orientation
    • Cultural adjustment experience

    The session is free but please register to attend by emailing Linda Stacey (New Directions) at Linda.Stacey@reading.gov.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.

  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2019
    13:30 - 16:30Ryeish Green Sports Hub

    Hyde End Road, Reading RG7 1EP

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) would like to invite you to our Active Ageing Forum. This free event will explore the positive impact being more physically active can have on issues commonly associated with ageing.

    Featured presentations will include:

    Raising the bar on strength and balance: the importance of community-based provision: Delivered by the Centre for Ageing Better who will present the models of delivery, issues, barriers and innovative solutions of community-based strength and balance programmes.

    Loneliness in later life: Delivered by Age UK Reading this will feature the headlines discovered by research carried out by Age UK, along with potential solutions. Colleagues from Wokingham Borough Council Sport and Leisure will provide an outline of the solution they have developed to help tackle this issue locally.

    Dementia Friendly Sport and Physical Activity guide: GBA’s Kirsty Heath will present this guide on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society which has been developed to inform and educate individuals and organisations so they have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects people.

    For more information or to book a place please see the website at https://getberkshireactive.org/events/2019/10/activeageing.

  • Thu
    17
    Oct
    2019
    19:30 - 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.

  • Tue
    29
    Oct
    2019
    11:00 - 13:00Community Place

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

    The september VCN has been postponed and rearranged for Tuesday 29 October 2019.

    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

  • Mon
    04
    Nov
    2019
    19:00 - 22:00Concert Hall, Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH.

    We would love you to save the date for our very special evening event on Monday 4 November at Reading Concert Hall. This promises to be an event to remember with stories, music, theatre and fashion, plus a real insight into the charity’s progress and achievements during the past 25 years.

    We will be advertising more details about this event in due course, but in the mean time put the date in the diary and we really hope you can be there!

    Best wishes,
    Everyone at Reading Refugee Support Group

  • Tue
    05
    Nov
    2019
    10:15 - 13:15The Community Place

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

    Are you new to the role of treasurer of a voluntary and community group, or in need of a refresher session? If so, this training is for you.

    Aims of the workshop

    • To build an 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 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 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 £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.

  • Mon
    18
    Nov
    2019
    12:00 - 17:00Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    One Reading is a multi-agency partnership committed to delivering better outcomes for children, young people and families. As well as developing a local consensus on how to work together. One year in, this conference is a chance to:

    • Network, ask questions, give your feedback
    • Find out about the local consensus
    • Find out how Reading is becoming a trauma-informed town
    • Hear from inspirational speakers and take part in workshops on young people’s voice and political engagement, social media and more

    This conference is for anyone working with children, young people and families in Reading. The full line-up of speakers and workshops will be announced soon. For now, save the date and book your free place at  www.eventbrite.co.uk.