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

  • Tue
    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
    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
    Phone: 07932 188129

  • Thu
    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

  • Sat
    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

  • Tue
    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 The cost is £10, which includes materials. Refreshments are provided.

  • Wed
    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
    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 to confirm your place.

  • Sat
    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

  • Mon
    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
    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 for more information. To book your place/table please get in touch by emailing

  • Sun
    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
    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 Register for the event at

  • Thu
    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

  • Mon
    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 by Monday 30 September 2019.

  • Tue
    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

  • Thu
    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
    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
    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
    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 if you need this code.

    Please register at

  • Mon
    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