Events

  • Tue
    12
    Nov
    2019
    19:45Thameside Primary School

    Harley Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 8DB.

    Have you wondered about the huge amount of development happening, or in the pipeline, around central Reading? Here’s your chance to find out more. This is a public meeting organised by the Caversham & District Residents' Association (CADRA).

    Speakers will be Richard Bennett, who chairs Reading Civic Society, and Mark Worringham, the council’s Head of Planning Policy. All welcome.

  • Wed
    13
    Nov
    2019
    13:30 - 15:30The Latter-day Saint Chapel

    280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4PE

    A support group for stroke survivors and their families/carers.

    The Latter-day Saint Chapel is at the junction with Church End Lane.

    To find out more about attending or volunteering to help at the group, please contact Diane Robson or Dave Riley on 01183 219349.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    10:30 - 11:30Community Place

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

    Is your community group seeking to purchase a building?
    Reading Borough Council is currently marketing properties with the option for voluntary sector organisations to put in a bid. Current bidding opportunities:

    RVA are hosting a buildings meeting on 14 November 2019. The meeting aims to help voluntary organisations better understand the third sector bidding process on the above or similar properties, along with top tips, what you need to have in place in terms of your governance and support that is available from RVA.

    Who should attend: If you are a voluntary sector organisation based in Reading and in a financial position to put in a bid.

    Please confirm your attendance at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Quaker Meeting House

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB

    On Thursday 14 November 2019, we would like to welcome you at the Interfaith Week Reception in Reading. This is an annual event where we celebrate the good relationships between people of all faiths in our town.

    Apart from sharing food, we would like to discuss what it means to live in a country and town that have declared a climate emergency. Rather than talking about technological solutions, we will dig deeper and ask ourselves: can our faith or spirituality bring us into a healthier relationship with the natural world?​​

    We will finish the evening with the traditional Noah’s pudding.

    ​This is a free event. If you can, please bring and share some vegetarian food for our finger buffet.​ We appreciate it if you can RSVP to readinginterfaith@outlook.com.​

    Organised by Reading Interfaith Group and Fellowship Educational Society.

  • Fri
    15
    Nov
    2019
    19:00 – 22:00Read College

    St Bart's Theatre, Saint Bartholomews Road, Reading RG1 3QA

    The Access to The Arts scheme is run by READ College and supports talented young people from under-represented backgrounds to train for a career in the Performing Arts.

    Our annual charity quiz night is a great way to support this local charity.

    • Pub-style Quiz - teams of 6-8 per table (bring your friends or make some new ones on the night!)
    • Ploughman's Supper included
    • Fully licensed cash bar with all proceeds going to the charity
    • Raffle with great prizes
    • Heads & Tails game and more.

    Pit your general knowledge against all the other teams to be crowned the winners! Enter a whole team (up to 8 people) or book individually, everyone is welcome.

    Tickets cost £11.37. Please book online 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.

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2019
    14:00 - 18:00Wycliffe Baptist Church

    233 King's Road, Reading RG1 4SL

    Each year, Carers Rights Day brings organisations across the UK together to help unpaid carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. Unpaid carers provide voluntary support to a family or a friend while sometimes having to work to support themselves.

    In celebration of Carers Rights Day, the Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub are hosting free information sessions in support of unpaid carers. A wide range of organisations supporting carers will be present to provide information and advice.

    Presentations

    • Health Checks: 15:45–16:00
    • Power of Attorney: 16:00–16:45
    • DWP: 16:50–17:20
    • My Care My Home: 17:20–17:35
    • Carer Assessment (Adults/Children): 17:35–18:00

    Appointments by booking only

    • National Careers Service: 14:00–18:00
    • My Care My Home: 14:00–18:00
    • Power of Attorney: 14:00–16:00
    • Health MOTs: 14:00– 15:30

    Download an information leaflet about Carers Rights Day 2019 in Reading. For further information, or to register your attendance, please call the hub on 01183 247333 or email ask@berkshirecarershub.org.

  • Fri
    22
    Nov
    2019
    09:30 - 17:00Beech Hill Memorial Hall

    Wood Lane, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2BE

    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.

    This interactive, quality-assured course will help you to develop the skills and confidence to start listening to people to build relationships and activate people as part of a community organising strategy. Listening to people is the foundation of community organising because it builds trust and relationships, uncover issues and is an essential starting point for bringing people together to share stories, ideas and action. The course will focus on:

    • ‘Relational’ listening and its importance in community organising.
    • How to plan a listening campaign to kick-start your organising work.
    • Practical listening tools you can use to engage people, build relationships and find leaders.
    • How asking powerful questions helps people to tell their stories.
    • How community organisers reflect to improve their work.

    Places are available on a first come, first served basis and cost £10 for CCB members, £15 for non-members. To book your place please complete the online form at https://ccberks.wufoo.com/forms/listening-skills-for-community-organising.

  • Sun
    24
    Nov
    2019
    14:00 - 16:3021 Alexandra Road

    Reading, RG1 5PE

    Please come and support local families this Christmas by attending our Xmas Market in aid of Reading Mencap. Fun for all the family.

    • Local business stall holders
    • Gifts
    • Raffle
    • Tombola
    • Cakes and jams
    • Refreshments
    • Santa’s Grotto (£2 extra charge)

    £1 Entry or 50p for Reading Mencap members. All welcome.

  • Sun
    08
    Dec
    2019
    09:30 StartForbury Gardens

    Reading RG1 1AR

    Reading Santa Run time is here again, raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities. Reading Rotary’s race attracts around 1,500 runners to Reading town centre every December with 1k and 5k races. Entrants come from all walks of life and abilities and include children, babies in buggies, those with disabilities, dog owners and of course serious runners, joggers and walkers. All are very welcome to join us in this great family festive fun event.

    1k Mini Santa Run - This fairly level course is ideal for youngsters, adults with babies in buggies, dogs with owners and we especially welcome wheelchair users and encourage all those with disabilities to join in, dress as Santa or Elf and be part of the festive fun! Plus you can raise monies for your own particular charities if you wish.

    5k Town Centre Santa Run - For the serious runners, or those who just like to jog, run or walk along, the ‘all road’ route goes through the heart of Reading. Our race takes you past St Laurence Church, Town Hall Square into Broad Street and through the Oracle Shopping Centre. The route then takes the cycle path along the Kennet and Avon Canal before crossing and returning towards Reading via Chestnut Walk and through the Oscar Wilde Gates. It then finally continues past the Abbey Ruins to the finish outside Forbury Gardens.

    Sign up for the event online at https://readingsantarun.co.uk.

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2019
    10:00 - 13:00Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    The next Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Forum will be on Thursday 12 December at RISC on the theme of workplace wellbeing.

    The programme will include a presentation and discussions about “Berkshire – a good place to work”, the Director of Public Health’s annual report for 2019. The annual report focuses on the mental wellbeing and musculoskeletal health of the workforce.

    If you have suggestions for other topics that can be include around workplace wellbeing, Please email then in to sarah.morland@rva.org.uk. As the forum is only a couple of weeks before Christmas, it would be great if some fun activities can be included.

    Please register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2019
    14:00 - 16:00Community Place

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

    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Click here to register

  • Mon
    16
    Dec
    2019
    18:15 - 20:30Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens invite you to their annual carol service held quite early this year. The choir of St Peter's Church will lead the singing, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.

    Mulled wine and mince pies will be sold from the Tea Kiosk from 18.15. Wrap up warm, bring a torch to read the words and come along to sing in the festive season.

    All are welcome for this community event. Free entry.

  • Sat
    21
    Dec
    2019
    17:00 - 19:00Reading Minster

    Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX

    Reading Male Voice Choir, Reading A440 Choir and Occasions Choir in a joint Christmas Concert raising funds for local charities.

    A beautiful concert with many carols and songs and a chance for the audience to sing. £5 entry.

  • Wed
    22
    Jan
    2020
    19:00 - 21:00Salvation Army

    522 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EG

    The Oxford Road Safer Neighbourhood Forum brings together voluntary organisations and partners including residents, the neighbourhood police, local authorities, businesses and schools, and assists in planning local neighbourhood policing tasks, based on priorities identified by the community.