Events

  • 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.

  • Tue
    21
    Jan
    2020
    10:15 - 13:15Training Room, Community Place

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

    Whether behind the scenes in administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town.

    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.

    This bite size version of our Introduction to Volunteer Management training will focus on the process of recruiting the volunteers your organisation needs whilst providing an oversight of the legal aspects that need to be considered when involving volunteers in your work.

    What will be covered?
    Recruiting Volunteers

    • What to consider before involving volunteers in your work.
    • Developing a role description.
    • Promoting opportunities effectively.
    • Initial response and selection process.

    Keep it legal

    • Legal status of volunteers including how to deal with expenses.
    • Eligibility to volunteer – involving oversees volunteers and those in receipt of state benefits.
    • Top tips for your Volunteer Policy and Agreement.
    • What type of insurance you need.
    • What to do when things go wrong – volunteer problem solving procedures.

    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.

    Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk. The cost is £10 for the sessions and includes refreshments and materials.

  • 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.

  • Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020
    11:00 - 13:00Earley Crescent Resource Centre

    Warbler Drive, Lower Earley, Reading, RG6 4HB

    Stronger Together helps people get into employment or self-employment, or just move closer to either of these goals. Eligible participants can access a wide range of support from 8 partner organisations – from confidence building and career planning, to training and volunteering.

    We are delighted to invite you to a showcase event on Thursday 23 January 2020 to find out more about the impact of the project for participants, partners, and employers, and the legacy of the project – opportunities for building on the work of the project when it ends in June 2020. Lunch is included.

    This event will be plastic free and there will be prizes for travelling by public transport. The Earley Crescent Centre is easily accessible on Reading Buses route 21 – the stop is Beech Lane.

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

  • Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020
    13:00 - 15:00Community 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

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020
    18:30 - 20:30344 Oxford Road

    Reading, RG30 1AF

    Do you feel as though local services are not meeting their responsibilities towards minority/marginalised groups? The Equalities Alliance working in partnership with the University of Reading aim to produce a ‘Rights-Based Approach to Equality’ report to highlight how effectively local statutory services are fulfilling their responsibilities under the Equalities Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 1998.

    We want to consult widely in order to identify themes from within our communities and from individual experiences.

    If you are an individual or organisation with concerns that local statutory services are not delivering on their responsibilities, or hold a view to the contrary, we would like to invite you to take part in our focus group.

    Also, if you in a professional capacity agree or disagree with the premise, please come along and voice your thoughts, opinions and experiences on the matter.

    Refreshments provided

    Contact details
    Email: info@acre-reading.org
    Phone: 01189 510279

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020
    15:30 – 17:00Thames Lido

    Napier Road, Reading, RG1 8FR

    Reading Voluntary Action are inviting Reading's charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to the launch of Reading Community Lottery. At the launch you can find out how the lottery works, and how your organisation can directly benefit from participating.

    There will be presentations about the lottery, refreshments, and plenty of chances to ask questions. The RVA team will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on what you have to do and next steps. You can sign up on the day and be one of the first local organisations to benefit from Reading Community Lottery.

    Free event but please register via www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place. You can email readingcommunitylottery@rva.org.uk with any questions.

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020
    19:00 StartNew Bridge Nursery

    Montague Street, Caversham, Reading, RG4 5AU

    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.

  • Wed
    05
    Feb
    2020
    10:50 - 12:30Park United Reformed Church

    (Large Hall), Palmer Park Avenue, Reading, RG6 1DN

    Park Exercise and Dance is 30 years young in January 2020. Come and celebrate with us and enjoy a free class! We are a fun, happy, supportive group of ladies and gentlemen who come together every Wednesday at Park United Reformed Church.

    We exercise, learn fun routines and all to keep our bodies physically fit, toned, stretched, mobilised, safe and our minds challenged and sharp and all the while having a lot of fun with plenty of laughter. Long term friendships have been formed and networks established offering support and companionship.

    We want to celebrate this landmark date by inviting ladies and gentlemen over 60 to join us for a free class on Wednesday 5 February. This will be a general class of gentle exercise suitable for all abilities. The class will involve a mixture of seated but mainly mobile exercise to music. Present class members will also demonstrate one or two of their favourite routines for you.

    Further information

    • Arrive around 10:50 for your free session from 11:00 – 12:30 (includes refreshments and time to chat with present class members).
    • Easy parking directly opposite in Palmer Park Avenue, buses 17 and 4 stop outside the church on Wokingham Rd (Palmer Park Avenue bus stop).
    • Park Church is fully accessible.
  • Tue
    11
    Feb
    2020
    10:30 - 12:30Community Place

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

    RVA is delighted to be hosting the February Common Ground event on behalf of Befriending Networks at Community Place, on the top floor of Reading Central Library.

    Befriending Networks is a national charity providing training, resources and lots of other support to befriending groups and organisations, large and small.

    Common ground meetings run for two hours, the first hour discussing a set theme led by Befriending Networks and the second hour led by participants. This allows participants to raise any barriers they are facing in their project, share good news and best practice as well as network.

    Due to current funding, Common Ground meetings are free for all to attend, both members and non-members of Befriending Networks.

    Book your place at www.befriending.co.uk.

  • Tue
    11
    Feb
    2020
    17:30 - 20:30Training Room, Community Place

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

    Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of what’s expected of trustees as well as providing a networking opportunity with your fellow trustees from the area.

    Outcomes of this training are:

    • To better understand your role and legal responsibilities as a trustee
    • To understand how this role fits with other roles in the charity
    • To understand your reporting responsibilities
    • To know where to go for help and support
    • To feel confident in being an active member of your Board/Committee and helping to achieve your charities purposes

    To achieve this we will cover:

    • Introduction: ‘Trustee’, ‘Charity’ and legal structures
    • Trustee roles and responsibilities: 6 Main Legal Duties
    • Policies and Procedures: Which ones? Why do they matter?
    • Accounting & Reporting – the essentials
    • Essential resources and links to help you on your way

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees and will also give a valuable introduction to anyone thinking of taking on the role. In some small community groups you may refer to yourselves as the Comittee. If you have overall responsibility for your community group, then this course is for you.

    Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk. The cost is £10, which includes materials. Refreshments are provided.

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020
    17:00 - 19:00University of Reading

    Meadow Suite, Park House, Reading, RG6 6UA

    Chatterbox is a digital startup that connects refugees with universities, businesses and charities and gives them the opportunity to use their language skills and lived experiences as tutors and conversation partners in their native languages. This year the Department of Languages and Cultures and the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism at the University of Reading have partnered with Chatterbox to offer language students 150 hours of additional conversational classes in a range of languages.

    The event will be an opportunity to hear from both the students at the University of Reading and the tutors from Chatterbox, and to explore issues around the theme of migration and languages which are at the core of the research and teaching at the Centre for Multilingualism and at the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University.

    A buffet and drinks reception will follow the presentations until 19:00. Free event but please register via www.eventbrite.co.uk as soon as possible to confirm your place.

  • Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020
    10:45 - 12:30South Street Arts Theatre

    South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

    This month we are thinking about the environmental consequences of our food choices. With the help of Anthony Simpson, a local sustainability expert, we will be examining the emissions, water and land usage and wastage in our diets. We’re hoping to have some free low emission tasters for you to try and more songs, games and cakes.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre and welcomes all ages and all backgrounds.

    We can always do with help, so if you want to really feel part of our community, offer a hand or two. Either contact us now (stephen@sundayassemblyreading.uk) or arrive a bit earlier on the day and we’ll find you something fun to do.

    This Assembly is at the South Street Arts Theatre. Doors open at 10:30 with the Assembly starting at 11:00. After the assembly, we will go to a local bar or cafe.

  • Wed
    19
    Feb
    2020
    18:00 - 19:00Whitley Wood Community Centre

    Swallowfield Drive, Reading, RG2 8UH

    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
    20
    Feb
    2020
    19:00 - 20:30University of Reading

    Room G01, Building L022, London Road Campus, Reading, RG1 5AQ

    We all recognise how crucial reading is for children to do well at school and later on in the workplace. But what does research tell us about why it’s important, what children and young people should be reading, and what happens if they don’t read? Also what about children and young people who speak a language other than English at home?

    Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, bilingual or not, this public lecture from the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism will have something for you!

    Free admission, but please book online at www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/newsandevents/Events/Event832449.aspx to confirm your place.

  • 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.
  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2020
    14:00 - 16:00RISC Global Cafe

    35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS

    Come along and have your say. Share your views. Tell us how we can improve our services.

    This is a joint initiative with West Berkshire NHS Care Commissioning Group.

    Please contact Compass Recovery College by email at compass.opportunities@reading.gov.uk or phone on 07739 823140 if you would like to attend.

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2020
    18:00 - 19:30Oak Tree House

    10 Spey Road, Dee Park, Reading RG30 4DZ

    Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Apologies for any inconvenience.

    RVA is pleased to add another Street Party Workshop to our 2020 roadshow – in partnership with Catalyst Housing in Dee Park.

    Local residents and community workers are invited to come along on 10 March at 6pm to Oak Tree House, 10 Spey Road, Tilehurst, to find out how to organise a street party. Street party veteran, David Neale, will be guiding us through all the things we need to think about in planning a street party in our neighbourhood – and demonstrating how to run one simply and on a tiny budget.

    Our first session on 19 February in Whitley Wood received very positive feedback and participants are now planning their summer events.

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2020
    19:30 - 21:30Reading International Solidarity Centre

    35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 5HL

    If we are to meet the challenges posed by the climate emergency, massive investments are required to make the transition away from fossil fuels. Further delay will make the transition more expensive and the consequences more disastrous.

    Economist John Christensen, who studied environmental policy making at the LSE, will discuss various financing mechanisms, and how fair taxation can contribute to tackling global warming. The event is free. Organised by Global Justice Reading

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2020
    12:30 - 16:00RVA Community Place

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

    Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We hope to organise another Befriending Forum soon – apologies for any inconvenience.

    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.
  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2020
    10:00 - 12:00Community Place

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

    The One Reading Engagement and Participation Forum provides an opportunity for voluntary and community groups to find out about the One Reading Partnership, to highlight priorities in the community and help shape future services and policy.

    The agenda for this meeting will include:
    -An update on the Our Reading, Our Future, youth led research capturing experiences of  growing up in Reading with Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair.
    -Consultation workshop on the mental health crises service review with Yvonne Mhlanga.
    -A showcase of the Berkshire Observatory.
    -Summer holidays 2020.

    Please register to let us know you are coming: book here.

  • 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.

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020
    10:30 - 14:30Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE)

    Middle Building, 344 Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1AF

    Please note that this event has been CANCELLED.

    The Equality and Human Rights Framework – how can it work for us in real terms?

    Moving forward from our Hate Crime Forum, we invite you to come along to the Equalities Alliance Conference where we will hear in-depth testimonials and case studies, and hold discussions and feedback on the key themes identified at our Hate Crime Forum.

    • Keynote speaker: Ali Harris, Chief Executive of Equally Ours.
    • With speakers from our own Equalities Alliance members and local community: Joseph Wafula, Florah Mpanye, Sinclair Jeffrey, Saty Kaur, Nick Harborne and Aisha Malik.

    For more information or if you would like to attend please email Ritu Shankardass at info@acre-reading.org or phone on 01189 510279.

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

    21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

    As a result of public health advice about gatherings and meetings this event has been cancelled.

    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

    We have heard that this event has now been POSTPONED - probably until the autumn.

    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.

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

    Church Road, Caversham RG4 7AD

    Unfortunately we've had to cancel this event.

    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

    This session has been postponed in view of our offices being closed in line with government guidance. We plan to rearrange the session for after July 2020. However, in the meantime you can access online safeguarding resources and training through our Coronavirus Community Acton page, or contact advice@rva.org.uk

    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. Ticket will go on sale when ther rescheduled event is announced.

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2020
    10:00 - 11:15Online via Zoom

    Are you a trustee or manager of a charity or community group in Reading? Following on from our recent survey to Reading’s groups, we are launching a series of online, interactive sessions to help you with running your charity during the pandemic.

    The first session will look at Governance and Planning and cover:

    1. The role of trustees in governance and a quick recap of trustee duties.*
    2. Charity commission guidance issued to charities during the pandemic.
    3. Planning for the road ahead – what to keep doing and how to plan for various scenarios your charity might face.
    4. Break-out sessions to discuss the above with other trustees and managers.
    5. Q&A and wrap up.

    You may also like to view this free recorded webinar from NCVO that we have previously shared on a similar topic. However, don’t worry if that is not possible as we will recap salient points for you. In this session, the focus will be to give you an opportunity to discuss what is working, what are the challenges and to give scenario planning a go. So if you’re a manager or trustee of a charity or community group in Reading and wondering how to approach the road ahead, or would like to share what’s working, come along and take part.

    Please note that the session will be available for a maximum of 10 attendees to enable as much interaction as possible and we ask that a maximum of 2 people attend from one charity or community group. If there is further demand, we can hold another session.

    The session will be facilitated by Herjeet Randhawa, RVA’s Advice Worker. Herjeet has a background in Legal and Governance, and supports charities to work towards good governance as well as running the advice service and overseeing training.

    We will also be holding further sessions on other topics identified in our survey, such as adapting your services, financial planning, fundraising, buildings and risk assessments. Dates to be announced shortly.

    *Please also keep an eye out on our news page for our traditional training including trustee training, treasurer training and safeguarding.

    We look forward to seeing you on Zoom. If you are unsure on how to use Zoom, take a look at this free video tutorial and don’t worry if this will be your first Zoom session, we’ll talk you through it so you can take part.

    Please book your free place at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/governance-and-planning-for-charities-and-community-groups-tickets-106352944520.

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2020
    13:00 - 14:30Online Event

    Before Covid-19, it looked like the national conversation about loneliness and social isolation had started to go a little quiet, but the current crisis has thrown it back into the spotlight.

    Community organisations across Reading have created telephone check-in chats with their members and some have transitioned to distance befriending services. The need to address loneliness in new ways that respect social distancing have created new challenges for everyone.

    At this online Befriending Forum we will look at and share our stories and ideas on the following issues:

    • What has worked well so far and what we have learnt
    • What local people facing loneliness need more of and where the gaps are
    • What local community groups need to start up or develop befriending services, and feedback on the current Ready Friends training resources
    • Mental health services – information on what’s available locally

    To book a place please click on this link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/befriending-forum

    If you have any problems registering or finding the Zoom link, please contact Rhiannon: ready.friends@rva.org.uk.

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2020
    10:00 - 11:15Online Event

    In the second of our series of interactive Zoom sessions, we will be looking at how your charity or community group might adapt/continue to adapt your services to deliver these online due to the current restrictions on meeting in person. This session would be useful for Trustees or Managers of charities or community groups in Reading and will include an an opportunity to discuss ideas with others in the sector.

    The session will include:

    1. Introduction and governance updates.
    2. Speaker: Ruth Pearse, CEO of Parenting Special Children, on how the charity adapted its services to provide these online and the thinking that went on behind this in the team and at Board level.
    3. Speaker: David Neale from Reading Voluntary Action on top tips in using Zoom. David manages the Get Online project in Reading.
    4. Break-out sessions to discuss the above and your own ideas with other trustees and managers.
    5. Q&A with the panel and wrap up

    The session will give you plenty of time to discuss in the break-out sessions and we hope you’ll go away with some ideas and pointers on what your group may be able to do to adapt to providing services online in the mid-term.

    Please note that the session will be available for a maximum of 10 attendees to enable as much interaction as possible and we ask that a maximum of 2 people attend from one charity or community group. If there is further demand, we can hold another session.

    We look forward to seeing you on Zoom. If you are unsure on how to use Zoom, take a look at this free video tutorial and don’t worry if this will be your first Zoom session, we’ll talk you through it so you can take part.

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

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2020
    14:00- 15:30Online Event

    Did you know that around 15% of the UK’s population rarely or never uses the internet? This percentage is slightly lower than that in Reading but there are still geographic areas and demographics that have remarkably low levels of internet access.

    Join us for a video conference where we’ll be discussing the digital divide in Reading and exploring innovative ways to get all the people of Reading online.

    The video conference link can be accessed directly on the day at www.rva.org.uk/lets-get-online – but we would be grateful if you could register in advance at www.eventbrite.co.uk/lets-get-reading-online to give us an idea of numbers.

  • Thu
    02
    Jul
    2020
    11:00 - 12:30Online

    The Southbank Centre, The Local Trust and Torbay Community Development Trust will share inspiration for creatively connecting communities.
    Whether through art, music, theatre or dance, creativity and connection go hand in hand. Join this webinar to hear from Coalition members including the Southbank Centre, The Local Trust and Torbay Community Development Trust about inspiring and practical ways to use creativity and the arts to bring people together and build connections during a time of physical distancing.

    The event takes place online on 2 July, 11-12.30. More information and booking via Eventbrite.