• Mon
    13:00 - 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

  • Thu
    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.


    • 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

  • Fri
    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

  • Sun
    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.

  • Wed
    12:30 - 14:30Reading Community Learning Centre

    94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ

    Notice is hereby given that the 12th Annual General Meeting of Reading Community Learning Centre will be held on Tuesday 27 November 2019 at Reading Community Learning Centre.


    1. Welcome
    2. Apologies for absence
    3. Approval of the minutes of the AGM held on 4 December 2018
    4. Matters arising from the minutes of the AGM held in 2018
    5. Presentation of the Annual Report for 2018/2019
    6. Adoption of the Annual Report for 2018/2019 (members to vote)
    7. Presentation of the Accounts for 2018/2019
    8. Adoption of the Accounts for 2018/2019 (members to vote)
    9. Appointment of an Independent Examiner
    10. Election of Trustees (members to vote)
    11. Any other appropriate business
    12. Close of formal business

    We will then have short presentations on the charity’s work by our learners and volunteers, followed by a chance for everyone to meet and talk over a lovely buffet of halal and vegetarian food.

    Please confirm your attendance at the AGM by Tuesday 19 November 2019. You can reserve your place by contacting Petra Robinson, Centre Administrator, on or 01189 595455.

  • Sat
    09:30 - 13:30Caversham Court

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD


    Annual sale of Scots Pine Christmas trees at Caversham Court. Naturally grown Scots pine trees harvested as part of heathland management.

    Also holly, mistletoe, pine cones, willow Christmas wreaths and other natural decorations from local sources.

    There will be BBOWT, RSPB and Fairtrade stalls with cards and a variety of gifts. Locally produced honey and beeswax products from Reading & District Beekeepers.

    St Peter's church bazaar is open at the same time and serving hot mulled apple juice as well as selling gifts.

    For more information see the website at

  • Sun
    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

  • Tue
    10:15 - 13:15Community Place

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

    Voluntary and community groups provide much needed services, often to those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Anyone working with Children or vulnerable adults has a duty to ensure that safer recruitment practices are in place for their volunteers and staff. It’s not always easy to understand just what DBS checks are needed (formerly CRB). This course will help you to gain an overview and understand what steps you should take to identify whether and to what level a DBS check is needed for your volunteers and staff.

    The workshop will cover:

    • Why did we see a change from CRB to DBS and why is it important?
    • What does ‘regulated activity’ mean and how to work out whether it applies to your volunteer/staff roles.
    • The levels of DBS checks that can be requested
    • How to complete the DBS form
    • What is the update service, the benefits and how to sign up?
    • What if the DBS shows your volunteers or staff have a criminal record or unspent convictions?
    • Your responsibilities
    • Help, support and advice that is available

    Who should attend? This workshop is for anyone who works or volunteers for a voluntary and community group and is responsible for processing DBS checks, or supervises or manages others. It is also useful for Trustees and Managers of charity’s to gain an overview of the DBS system to inform their Safeguarding Procedures.

    Cost: The cost is £10 per person which covers refreshments and printed materials. Online booking is available at

  • Thu
    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 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

  • Thu
    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
    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
    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. Tickets cost £6 each from the church or on the door.

  • Wed
    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.