Events

  • 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.

  • Tue
    10
    Dec
    2019
    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 www.eventbrite.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

  • Sun
    15
    Dec
    2019
    17:00 - 19:00The Reading Irish Centre

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading, RG1 7HT

    We will Rock Yule is the secular answer to a traditional Carol concert. Sing all the best festive songs with our in-house singalong band and load up with festive fun with our Christmas games gurus.

    Bring your friends and family down to The Reading Irish Centre this December and fill up with festive spirit with us - everyone is welcome!

    We'll be dressing up in our party gear and we hope you do too.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations and welcomes all - of all ages and of all backgrounds.

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

  • Wed
    25
    Dec
    2019
    12:30 - 15:00Whitley Wood Fire Station

    270 Whitley Wood Road, Reading RG2 8FS

    Whitley Wood Fire Station are organising a free Christmas Day dinner for older, isolated people.

    If you know anyone that would like to attend please contact Sarah Hunneman (details below), you will need the attendee’s full name, a contact number, an address, any dietary needs and essential medical information, or you can book yourself a place.

    The station is borrowing a mini bus for the day so transport can be provided.

    Booking by Wednesday 18 December is essential as places are limited.

    Contact details
    Email: sarah.hunneman@reading.gov.uk
    Phone: 01189 384200

  • Thu
    16
    Jan
    2020
    18:00 - 19:30The Griffin (Upper room)

    10-12 Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Come and find out all about how to organise a street party to bring your community together.

    We will give some examples and photos of local street parties, details of when to apply for a street closure for free, how to start things off, things to remember, ideas for food and entertainment, publicity, the benefits of having a street party plus an opportunity to ask any questions.

    Free event but please book at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020
    14:30 - 16:00The Griffin (Upper room)

    10-12 Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Come and find out all about how to organise a street party to bring your community together.

    We will give some examples and photos of local street parties, details of when to apply for a street closure for free, how to start things off, things to remember, ideas for food and entertainment, publicity, the benefits of having a street party plus an opportunity to ask any questions.

    Free event but please book a ticket via www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Sun
    19
    Jan
    2020
    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.

  • 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.