Events

  • 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.

  • Thu
    02
    May
    2019
    12:00 - 14:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    As part of this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June) and the Reading Volunteer Awards 2019, Reading Voluntary Action will be working with partners to curate an exhibition on the theme of volunteering. We are seeking creative representations of what volunteering means to those involved in, or benefiting from, voluntary work.

    Find out more about the exhibition at http://rva.org.uk/article/exhibition or by emailing awards@rva.org.uk.

    If you’d like to get involved, we’re also holding a free drop-in workshop at Reading Central Library on 2 May 2019. The workshop will be led by artist Kate Shorey, who will be creating a volunteering wordgram. We’d love you to come along and contribute a word, phrase, or idea – or even work on your own submission!

    Refreshments will be provided. Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019
    11:00 - 16:00Victoria Recreation Ground

    Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG13 6HT

    Annual League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Summer Fete – fun for all the family.

    Stalls including charities, craft, food and drink, tombola and games, inflatables, ice cream and much more…

    Stalls are available to book up until the middle of May. Get in touch at the first opportunity for pricing and further information and to book a stall.

    Entry for public on the day: £1 for adults and 50p for children.

    See the website at 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.