Events

  • Thu
    27
    Feb
    2020
    10:15 - 16:00RVA Community Place

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

    As part of our regular Funder Presentations and Surgeries, we are partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation, The National Lottery Community, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.

    This event starts with a general presentation from the funders on their current funding streams at 10:15 – 11:15 followed by tea and coffee.

    Following this there is the opportunity to have a 1:1 session with the funders.

    Who should attend:

    • The presentation and surgeries are for groups and charities based in Reading who already have some experience in applying for funding.
    • At your 1:1 you will have the have the opportunity to canvas your idea. Please note that the funders cannot help you fill in the application form, but will give you general guidance and tips on applying for funding with them.

    The funders

    The National Lottery Community Fund: This is for Reaching Communities or Partnership Funding streams in excess of £10,000.

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF): The grant funding available at the time of this surgery will relate to the summer funding rounds provided through BCF. You can also use this appointment more generally to learn about future core funding rounds that will open later in the year so that you can prepare in advance and identify whether this is for you.

    The Heritage Lottery Fund: They fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional and local heritage of the UK.

    The Arts Council: Funding available from £1000 – £100,000 for projects relating to music, theatre, dance, visual arts, lterature, combined arts, museums and library arts projects.

  • Thu
    27
    Feb
    2020
    18:00 - 19:00The Warehouse (behind Wycliffe Baptist Church)

    1a Cumberland Road, Reading, RG1 3LB

    Come along and find out how easy (and cheap!) is it to run a street party in your neighbourhood.

    This workshop will cover the following

    • Getting started
    • Ideas for games and activities
    • Getting the neighbours involved
    • Food & drink
    • Getting permission to close your street (for free) and other legal stuff

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

  • Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020
    09:00 - 12:00The Oasis

    21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

    Celebrate great food from local producers. The Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association hosts The Artisan Community Food Fair at The Oasis on the last Saturday of each month.

    • Various stands including high quality food, plants, organic and fairtrade coffee.
    • Free coffee and tea.
    • Also a chance to meet councillors, police, MP, fire brigade and more.

    Every time it's different with different people and traders attending.

  • Mon
    02
    Mar
    2020
    18:30 - 20:00Reading College

    King's Road, Reading, RG1 4HJ

    Free workshop run by Talking Therapies that teach strategies to support managing stress, including learning ways to manage worry, feelings of panic and sleep.

    To book a place and for more information please phone 03003 652000 or visit the website at www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk.

    Download an information flyer here

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020
    10:00 - 16:00Berkshire Youth

    Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, RG1 4RJ

    Understand the key principles of how to engage, motivate and educate young people to make informed life choices. Explore key values and attitudes in effective and meaningful work with young people and expand your toolkit of activities to enhance your work and increase impact.

    If you are new to working with young people or want to refresh on your youth work approach this training session is a great opportunity for you. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Contact details
    Email: movement@ukyouth.org
    Phone: 02030 115995

  • Tue
    03
    Mar
    2020
    18:00 - 19:00Battle Library

    420 Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1EE

    Come along and find out how easy (and cheap!) is it to run a street party in your neighbourhood.

    This workshop will cover the following

    • Getting started
    • Ideas for games and activities
    • Getting the neighbours involved
    • Food & drink
    • Getting permission to close your street (for free) and other legal stuff

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

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2020
    18:30 - 20:00Katesgrove Children's Centre

    Elgar Road (Off Berkeley Avenue), Reading, RG2 0BN

    Come along and find out how easy (and cheap!) is it to run a street party in your neighbourhood.

    This workshop will cover the following

    • Getting started
    • Ideas for games and activities
    • Getting the neighbours involved
    • Food & drink
    • Getting permission to close your street (for free) and other legal stuff

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

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2020
    14:30 - 17:00South Reading Leisure Centre

    Northumberland Avenue, Reading, RG2 8DF

    Do you have a child or young person with additional needs in your family?

    Reading Families’ Forum are holding a free information and fun day. Come along to find out about the support available to you from local and national organisations.

    • There will be stallholders from Reading Borough Council, Brighter Futures for Children, local charities, health services and many other service providers.
    • Fun activities throughout the afternoon, including Owen’s Animals, Flash Faces face painting and Circus Scene.
    • Download a flyer.

    The venue is wheel and power chair accessible and has a changing room. It is on the Emerald 5 bus route and there is free car parking.

    Reading Families’ Forum is a voice for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2020
    15:00 - 17:30Reading Minster

    Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX

    In the beautiful and iconic setting of Reading Minster, Alana House will be holding a celebratory service for their 10th birthday on International Women’s Day, on Sunday 8 March.

    This year marks a decade of Alana House proudly supporting local women with a wide range of needs and the wider local community in Reading and across the Thames Valley.

    This special service will include a host of readers and performers including Reading Community Gospel Choir. There will also be refreshments and cake provided by the fabulous team of Baristas from Alana House’s community cafe.

    • Tickets are free but we do encourage donations towards Alana House’s work.
    • Places are limited so booking is essential.
    • If you have any questions please email us at events@pactcharity.org.
  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2020
    12:30 - 16:00RVA Community Place

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

    For everyone who wants to take action on loneliness and social isolation in Reading. Ready Friends Befriending Forums meet quarterly and bring together local people who want to take action on loneliness and social isolation.

    You could be from an existing charity or voluntary organisation or an emerging community group or someone who’d like to make a difference in your neighbourhood.

    The March Befriending Forum will include:

    • Finding out what’s on in Reading if you don’t speak English, read English or your own language, or use the internet.
    • Reading Community Lottery.
    • Public Transport Travel Confidence project update.
    • Free networking buffet lunch, good news and notices.

    Free event but please register via www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020
    10:15 - 13:00Community Place (Conference Room A)

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

    Funding Club is a monthly forum hosted by RVA for those who are new to making funding applications or need a refresher. It will run from March to July 2020, with a different focus each month.

    We recommend you attend all the sessions if possible to get the most out of Funding Club, as each session will build on the previous session. By the end of the series, you will have learnt what is needed when applying for small pots of funding (anything from £100 up to a maximum of £10,000).

    Who it’s for:

    • Small, mostly volunteer-led community groups who are either new to applying for funding or would like to learn/refresh their basic skills.
    • You might be a trustee or a volunteer for the community group. We suggest a maximum of two people from one organisation.

    Themes for Funding Club sessions:

    • Session 1 (19 March 2020) Getting started: Your project, budget and team
    • Session 2 (23 April 2020) Know your funder
    • Session 3 (19 May 2020) Structuring your application
    • Session 4 (11 June 2020) IT skills and online applications
    • Session 5 (7 July 2020) Reporting and showing your impact

    Please book your place for the 19 March 2020 online at www.eventbrite.co.uk. Future sessions will go live for booking nearer the time. Free event.

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2020
    19:00 - 21:00The Oasis

    21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

    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.

    Contact details
    Name: Richard Rowlands
    Email: r-oxfordroadsnf@symbolic.net

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2020
    10:15 - 16:15Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Whether behind the scenes in an administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the way they do.

    Given the central role that volunteers play in allowing organisations to achieve their objectives, it is perhaps surprising that many of those responsible for managing volunteers receive little or no specialised training.

    Content: This 1 day interactive session is designed to provide an overview of some of the key aspects to consider when involving volunteers in the work of your organisation, including:

    • First steps – a volunteer recruitment checklist.
    • Understanding volunteers’ desires – what motivates people to volunteer?
    • Standing out from the crowd – promoting your opportunities effectively.
    • Welcome aboard – integrating volunteers into your team and managing workloads.
    • Keeping it legal – exploring legal aspects of involving volunteers in your work.
    • Staying the course – keeping volunteers engaged and adapting to changing circumstances/ needs.

    This course is ideally suited to anyone who has responsibility for overseeing the work of volunteers, either as a Volunteer Manager or as part of a more wide reaching role.

    Ideal for those new to working with volunteers or for those looking for a refresher, the session will provide opportunities to put theory into practice by giving opportunities to explore your own organisation’s needs.

    The cost is £25 for a full day and includes refreshments, a light lunch and materials. Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2020
    19:00 StartWeller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 5NA

    The North Reading 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.

  • Mon
    30
    Mar
    2020
    19:00 - 21:00John Madejski Academy

    125 Hartland Road, Reading, RG2 8AF

    On Monday 30 March, Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) are coming to Whitley and you are invited to join the ROC conversation, which will now be taking place at the John Madejski Academy. It’s free, it’s 2 hours and it’s about your community.

    Redeeming Our Communities is a national charity founded in 2004 with over 200 projects throughout the UK. The charity’s main aim is to bring about community transformation by creating strategic partnerships which open up opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion. This partnership approach has seen crime and anti-social behaviour fall and fresh hope brought to some of the most deprived and challenging areas of the UK, urban and rural alike.

    A ROC Conversation is a 2 hour structured community engagement event that brings together local people to celebrate all the good things happening in their community and explore practical ways of achieving more through partnership. We invite:

    • Residents
    • School and Youth representatives
    • Volunteer groups
    • Police & Fire Services
    • Faith groups
    • Councillors and MPs

    If you live, work or volunteer in Whitley and surrounding areas you are welcome to join the Conversation (but there are a limited number of available places). If you would like to register for your free place please go to: http://www.roc.uk.com/whitley.

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2020
    10:15 - 13:15RVA 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, but will also be suitable for volunteers who are stepping up to the role of treasurer.

    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 info@rgneighbours.net if you need this code.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2020
    11:00 - 13:00Community 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.

    Please sign up online if you are planning to join us.

    Click here to register

  • Sat
    18
    Apr
    2020
    10:00 - 15:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham RG4 7AD

    An Econet event promoting local woodland products, plus bee and wildlife friendly gardening.

    Vegetable and ornamental plants grown by charitable organisations, and a range of beanpoles, peasticks and plant supports to grow them up for sale. Our plant supports come from locally managed coppiced woodland and willow beds and your purchase helps maintain this traditional technique.

    There are a range of activities all day including demonstrations of products using this source of traditionally managed timber. The garden kiosk is open for light refreshments.

    There will also be stalls representing a variety of local organisations including:
    -RSPB (making bird boxes, bird tables and hedgehog homes from timber offcuts)
    -BBOWT (sales and guidance on wildlife conservation)
    -FairTrade products (home made cakes and jams)
    and others.

  • Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    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.

  • Thu
    07
    May
    2020
    10:15 - 13:15RVA Community 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: This is a practical workshop and you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt.

    • 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.

    Cost: The cost is £10 per person which covers refreshments and printed materials. Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.