Events

  • Wed
    13
    Jan
    2021
    11:30 - 12:30Online via Zoom

    Have you been inspired to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Not sure what opportunity is right for you and how to go about finding it?

    This session will provide you with a general introduction to volunteering, we will:

    • Look at the reasons people volunteer.
    • Consider how to decide what opportunity is right for you.
    • Explore some examples of different types of volunteering opportunity.
    • Discuss the kind of support and training you can expect when volunteering.
    • Identify how to go about taking your first steps into volunteering.

    In addition to these general areas, we will also explore specific local opportunities to volunteer and access further training to prepare you for future volunteering roles.

    There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you have about volunteering.

    Sign-up by completing the form found via the button below

    Register Here

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2021
    15:00 - 16:00Online via Zoom

    In this Zoom session, we will explore how volunteering can play a role in helping you in your journey towards employment.

    Whether seeking to return to the workplace following a break, looking for your first job or seeking to transfer into a new field, the right volunteering role can prove to be a valuable asset in successfully securing employment.

    After a brief general introduction to volunteering, the session will outline how volunteering can make a difference to your job search, from building confidence and demonstrating soft skills to standing out from the crowd and building your network.

    We will then explore how RVA can help you to identify the right role and other services available to support you into employment.

    Sign up at HERE to secure your place

  • Thu
    28
    Jan
    2021
    11:00 - 12:00Online via Zoom

    In this Zoom session, we will explore how the right volunteering role can play a part in helping to enhance your sense of wellbeing.

    Whether seeking to return to the workplace following a break, looking for your first job or seeking to transfer into a new field, the right volunteering role can prove to be a valuable asset in successfully securing employment.

    Studies suggest that those who volunteer can benefit from a boost to their own wellbeing. This boost can result in an increased sense of happiness and life satisfaction and a reduction in feelings of depression and anxiety.

    After a brief general introduction to volunteering, the session will outline how volunteering can provide you with a unique gateway to accessing the five ways to wellbeing:

    • Give
    • Keep Learning
    • Stay Active
    • Connect
    • Take Notice

    We will then explore how RVA can help you to identify the right role and other services available to support your journey towards wellbeing.

    Sign up HERE to secure your place

  • Thu
    11
    Feb
    2021
    19:00 - 20:30Online

    This is one of a series of talks by Time to Talk West Berkshire and is aimed at those living with or supporting a child or young person and draws upon our collective knowledge and experience of working with this age group. These are not ‘how to parent’ talks but rather a guide to both increase understanding and knowledge as well as provide some practical strategies for supporting both you and your child. The talks are designed to work as a complete series and as such do lead on from each other but you can also attend single talks if preferred.

    This talk will look at why the adolescent years can be so challenging for children and young people and the people who support them. Drawing on psychology, neuroscience and experience, this session will give a behind the scenes perspective of what lies behind the behaviours we can see on the surface.

    Tickets £5. Book your place via Eventbrite.

  • Tue
    16
    Feb
    2021
    19:00 - 20:00Online

    Steve Silberman is the award-winning author of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. He’ll be in conversation with Cos Michael, who recently gave an entertaining and informative talk for AutAngel on Autism and Ageing. There will be Q&As following the interview.

    Neurotribes by Steve Silberman explores in fascinating, near-encyclopaedic depth how autism has evolved. It’s a gripping narrative written with journalistic verve.” The Guardian

    The interviewer: Cos Michael got her autism diagnosis aged 50 and advocates for more knowledge about autism and ageing. She spent several years leading NAS Autism and Ageing projects, and now works as an autism and ageing consultant and trainer. Cos speaks at conferences in the UK and abroad.

    Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating interview and Q&A session. Tickets are available on a donation basis, from £1.

    Please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-conversation-with-steve-silberman-tickets-136408847535 to book a place.

  • Tue
    23
    Feb
    2021
    14:00 - 14:45Online event

    Berkshire Vision are a local charity who offer vital practical support and activities to adults and children with visual impairment.

    We are offering a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health and this is now open to the general public. This takes the form of an informative video by our trustee Jane Veys, who is an optometrist, and an opportunity for comments afterwards.

    The training lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Anyone can book onto our sessions by emailing volunteering@berkshirevision.org.uk.

    We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Thu
    25
    Feb
    2021
    19:00 - 20:30Online

    This is one of a series of talks by Time to Talk West Berkshire and is aimed at those living with or supporting a child or young person and draws upon our collective knowledge and experience of working with this age group. These are not “how to parent” talks but rather a guide to both increase understanding and knowledge as well as provide some practical strategies for supporting both you and your child. The talks are designed to work as a complete series and as such do lead on from each other but you can also attend single talks if preferred.

    Very often big emotions can lie behind all kinds of challenging behaviours including self harm, anger and withdrawal. Leading on from the previous session, this talk will offer different strategies for regulating and managing big emotions both in children and young people and those supporting them.

    Tickets £5. Book your place via Eventbrite.

  • Thu
    11
    Mar
    2021
    19:00 - 20:30Online

    This is one of a series of talks by Time to Talk West Berkshire and is aimed at those living with or supporting a child or young person and draws upon our collective knowledge and experience of working with this age group. These are not ‘how to parent’ talks but rather a guide to both increase understanding and knowledge as well as provide some practical strategies for supporting both you and your child. The talks are designed to work as a complete series and as such do lead on from each other but you can also attend single talks if preferred.

    Being a parent/carer is not easy and very often, self care falls down our list of priorities. However, self care is an essential part of coping and is a valuable tool in maintaining our emotional and mental wellbeing. Children and young people learn a lot from watching the adults around them and self care is no different . By looking after ourselves, we can help those around us look after themselves. This talk will look at why we often overlook self care as a coping strategy and how we can work out our own ways to incorporate self care into busy lifestyles.

    Tickets £5. Book your place via Eventbrite.

  • Wed
    17
    Mar
    2021
    18:30 - 19:15Online event

    Berkshire Vision are a local charity who offer vital practical support and activities to adults and children with visual impairment.

    We are offering a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health and this is now open to the general public. This takes the form of an informative video by our trustee Jane Veys, who is an optometrist, and an opportunity for comments afterwards.

    The training lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Anyone can book onto our sessions by emailing volunteering@berkshirevision.org.uk.

    We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Thu
    25
    Mar
    2021
    13:00 - 14:30Online

    The right services at the right time - Reading is blessed with so many activities and services yet still many people don’t know about them. Frontline volunteers can often spot the need but feel confused or anxious about the next steps. This forum will focus on supporting people to find the services and events that are just right for them. From starting the conversation to making the referral.

    What is social prescribing and how do people access it? Hear from RVA’s Social Prescribers about their work and the kinds of community groups and organisations they often refer and signpost people to.

    Useful guides – RVA Directory; Reading Services Guide; using Google
    What’s the difference between signposting and referral?
    What training do my volunteers need?
    Helpful questions to ask people and how to ask them.

    PLUS – all the usual news, funding updates and networking opportunities.

    Please click on this link to book.

  • Tue
    13
    Apr
    2021
    18:00 - 19:00Online event

    Kate Fox is a writer, broadcaster and performer. She sometimes refers to herself as a ‘stand up poet’. She’s also a late-diagnosed autistic. She’ll be in conversation with fellow late-diagnosed Cos Michael, and they’ll be talking poetry, performance and autism.

    There will be Q&As following the conversation.

    Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating conversation and Q&A session!

    Tickets are available on a donation basis. Please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-conversation-with-kate-fox-tickets to book a place.

  • Wed
    14
    Apr
    2021
    11:00 - 12:30Online via Zoom

    The Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting provides a space for those who oversee the work of volunteers to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role. It is an opportunity to share best practise and to learn from the rich experiences of colleagues working across our diverse sector.

    Volunteering has been at the forefront of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak with volunteers taking on key roles in delivering community initiatives to mitigate the impact of the outbreak. From the work that volunteers have undertaken during the vaccine rollout and in support of community testing, it is clear that volunteers will be vital in our post-pandemic recovery.

    This session will provide a forum to share experiences of using volunteers during the outbreak and to explore the challenges and opportunities volunteer-involving organisations may face in the coming 12 months and beyond. We will also explore the role that volunteering itself may play in helping individuals recover and thrive following the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic.

    Please register online here - further details and joining instructions will be sent in due course.

  • Thu
    22
    Apr
    2021
    10:00 - 10:45Online event

    Berkshire Vision are a local charity who offer vital practical support and activities to adults and children with visual impairment.

    We are offering a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health and this is now open to the general public. This takes the form of an informative video by our trustee Jane Veys, who is an optometrist, and an opportunity for comments afterwards.

    The training lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Anyone can book onto our sessions by emailing volunteering@berkshirevision.org.uk.

    We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Thu
    06
    May
    2021
    10:00 - 12:00Online event

    Join Berkshire Community Foundation for their next Community Focus event, for smaller charities and community groups with annual incomes of up to £25,000.

    They will be focusing on the journey of a grant application: from the application process and what funders look for, to financial due diligence, monitoring and reporting, through to how to create compelling stories and case studies.

    They’ll also share an update from BCF: what they have been up to so far in 2021, as well as key dates and milestones to look out for in the rest of the year.

    The free event will be online and hosted on Zoom.

    Follow the link below for more details and to register:

    https://www.berkshirecf.org/news/community-focus-event-may2021

  • Thu
    20
    May
    2021
    11:00 - 12:30Online Event

    Are you a volunteer-led, small group that’s embedded in your community? Do you want to find out more about funding, governance, publicising your work and developing your group? Are you keen to network and share with other small groups?

    If yes, then you are warmly invited to join the Small Groups Learn and Share Network, which brings together Reading’s small and emerging community groups to learn, share and grow stronger together.

    Please join us on 20 May, from 11:00 - 12:30, for the first Network event - The theme for this one will be Preparing for Life After Lockdown. We will look at the current government guidance; the experience of local services already providing face to face activity – and, of course, there will be lots of opportunity to network, share your own stories and challenges and to get updates on funding opportunities, events and local community news.

    Please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rva-small-groups-learn-and-share-network to book a place.

  • Tue
    08
    Jun
    2021
    14:00 - 15:00Online via Zoom

    Get Berkshire Active are offering a free ‘Helping people become more physically active’ workshop on Tuesday 8th June to enhance individuals skills to encourage behaviour change and support people affected by the pandemic.

    Being physically active has never been more important. We all play a role in encouraging and empowering others to become active whether that's through signposting to resources, talking about the benefits, or simply encouragement.

    The workshop will cover:
    -Benefits of being physically active
    -National guidelines and practical tips
    -Key signposting resources – including local opportunities in Reading
    -How to have positive conversations about being more active
    -NEW – a 1-to-1 advice service available for older adults who have been inactive during COVID-19 and need support (pilot)

    All attendees will take away a free digital resource pack, CPD certificate and find out how to access further free training available such as Making Every Contact Count.

    Free event but please register at https://getberkshireactive.org/events to confirm your place.

    For more information contact: Casey.Dunlop@getberkshireactive.org

     

  • Thu
    17
    Jun
    2021
    13:30 - 14:30Online via Zoom

    This training provides some key demographic information for Reading when planning for needs and services and introduces how we can all all contribute to inclusion personally and in our organisations.

    If you are thinking about inclusion in your organisation, have started the journey or would like to know where to go next, this training can support you.

    There are up to two places per organisation available to allow for further discussion and development in your organisation after this training. lt will be held via Zoom, and will be led by Azra Raja, RVA’s Inclusion and Development Worker. A meeting link will be circulated to registered attendees closer to the time.

    Free registration via this Eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rva-inclusion-training-tickets-154679902753

  • Sat
    19
    Jun
    2021
    11:00 - 17:00River Kennet & Reading Abbey

    Water Fest is Reading’s largest free town centre-based community event. It will feature an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage, through live and digital performances, activities and workshops. The Abbey’s illustrious history will be brought to life with the Forbury Civil War Camp and Medieval Village where people can experience the sounds and smells of the Quarter’s history.

    2021 is an incredibly auspicious year for Reading - marking 900 years since Reading Abbey, originally one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries, was founded by King Henry I of EnglandReading Water Fest will be the focal celebration event for this landmark year.

    This accessible one-day event will take place on Saturday 19 June between 11am and 5pm, within the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the River Kennet, celebrating the Abbey’s rich 900-year history and its environmental and heritage connections with Reading’s waterways.

    Please note that because of the pandemic admission is by ticket only this year. Details on how to book a free ticket at this event are on What’s On Reading. A range of online activities will also be on offer to complement the live event.

  • Thu
    24
    Jun
    2021
    11:00 Start Online event

    Award-winning charity Smart Works Reading has partnered with major local employer PepsiCo to run a free employment advice webinar for female job seekers.

    The pandemic’s disproportionally negative effect on women’s livelihoods has shown that Smart Works Reading is needed now more than ever. Women are more likely to be in more vulnerable, lower paid jobs while juggling work with caring responsibilities. Smart Works Reading’s free employment advice and dressing service gives women the skills and confidence they need to excel at interview and transform their lives.

    The webinar is on 24 June. Join and find out how to:

    • Write a CV that will get you noticed
    • Prepare for your interview
    • Impress your interviewer
    • Ask for and learn from employer feedback
    • Record an effective video interview

    All attendees that complete a subsequent, free career coaching appointment with Smart Works Reading will also get the opportunity to record a mock video interview and receive feedback from PepsiCo’s HR team.

    The webinar is open to female-identifying job seekers living in the Thames Valley. Book for free via Eventbrite.

  • Wed
    30
    Jun
    2021
    10:30 - 12:15Online

    This free online workshop will give attendees increased confidence and skills to organise and deliver community-based projects to be more active. During the session, delivered by Get Berkshire Active, you will learn all you need to know about setting up and safely running new, or existing, physical activity sessions post lockdown for your community or local area.

    The webinar will provide you with skills that cover:

    -Risk assessing the community building or space you are hiring to safely run your activity in.
    -Ensuring that you understand and comply with safeguarding and licensing requirements.
    -Ideas on how to successfully promote and market your activity to the local community.
    -Understand economies of fees and budgeting.
    -How to successfully gather feedback from attendees and use this to develop long-term sustainability.

    This training is aimed at individuals or groups that either already run physical activity sessions but would like to know more about ensuring that they are efficiently and safely run or a refresh post lockdown, and
    individuals or groups that would like to set up a new activity locally and would like some advice and guidance regarding how best to do this.

    This event is free, but please register via Eventbrite.

  • Tue
    06
    Jul
    2021
    17:15 - 19:45Online via Zoom

    Following our well attended session in March, we’re holding another online Trustee Training session. These sessions have been adapted to take place via Zoom but you will still have the opportunity to interact with fellow trustees in the sector.

    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 (Tools)

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees. In some small community groups you may refer to yourselves as the Committee. If you have overall responsibility for your community group, then this course is for you.

    Places are limited to a maximum of 4 people from one organisation to ensure you have the opportunity to interact with trustees from other organisations too. If you wish to book more than 4 places please contact us in advance. We hold these sessions quarterly.

    Please book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk. The cost is £10. Further registration details and meeting link will be circulated nearer the time.

    Contact details
    Email: training@rva.org.uk
    Phone: 01189 372273

  • Tue
    13
    Jul
    2021
    11:00Online

    There are lots of ways to be efficient with your energy use. Join us and expand your knowledge on ways and means to make cost savings on electricity and gas and to keep your home as warm as possible. This event is presented by Citizens Advice Reading in association with Step Energy.

    • Check out our price comparison site
    • Understand your bill and know what you are currently paying for
    • Learn behaviours that will help to beat the bills
    • Check out our videos to see how to make changes
      Complete our online mini training course – and get a free energy saving device –
      uk.stepenergy.eu/

    Join us on line and we’ll take you through ways to achieve energy equilibrium.

    Send an email for registration to energy@citizensadvicereading.org and you’ll be sent a link for the online group or register via Eventbrite using the following link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keep-warm-in-winter-and-save-money-all-year-tickets-157015737297

    If you need energy advice from our specialist adviser, please contact us:
    Online: www.rcab.org.uk/energy
    Phone: 0118 214 4895
    Email: energy@citizensadvicereading.org.

  • Thu
    15
    Jul
    2021
    12:00 - 14:00Online via Zoom

    Introducing RVA's first Social Prescribing Forum! This will be a chance to find out more about:

    • RVA’s expanded Social Prescribing service and meet the team.
    • Wild Being – a project by RVA and partners to boost the local Social Prescribing offer – awarded £50K from the Thriving Communities Fund.
    • The range of community activities and support available across Reading, and how your organisation can feature in our directories for each area.

    This event will rake place on Zoom - please register via Eventbite to participate.

  • Sun
    25
    Jul
    2021
    15:00 - 18:00KIng's Meadow

    92 Napier Rd, Reading, RG1 8AB

    Reading Interfaith Group would like to celebrate this opportunity to strengthen our ties as a community. We have all been through a challenging time. Many of us have experienced illness, bereavement, isolation, uncertainty and fear. We have learned to make sacrifices and appreciate nature, whilst valuing family and friends even more.

    25th July is St James day. 900 years after the founding of Reading Abbey we can be honest about the challenges life can sometimes bring, united as a community and ready to support each other.

    Please bring your own food, drink, hand sanitiser and appropriate activities to share.

    All ages welcome, children accompanied by a responsible adult and well-behaved dogs on a lead.

  • Thu
    05
    Aug
    2021
    17:00 - 22:00Path Hill Farm House

    Goring Heath, Reading RG8 7RE.

    A solidarity fundraiser for Reading Red Kitchen and Growing Solidarity
    A chance to spend time in nature and in community!

    There will be music, games, talks, hemp burgers, foraged drinks and more!

    We are raising funds to support our work in the city during the crisis. We aim to continue this work in the city and at the farm as lockdown eases. Your donations go towards transport costs, and materials and a little goes a long way!

    Growing Solidarity is a collaborative project that aims to build resilience in and across communities.

    Got a few extra coins rattling around your bank account? Growing Solidarity is our community outreach project, aiming to connect refugees and marginalised groups with nature through supporting them to grow their own food. So those extra coins could become seeds, planters, squash, cabbages… All those good things.

    Please donate to www.hempen.co.uk/growing-solidarity. Buckets will also be jangling on the night! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions - email volunteering@hempen.co.uk or call us on 07720 541341.

  • Mon
    20
    Sep
    2021
    11:00 - 12:30Online via Zoom

    The Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting provides a space for those who oversee the work of volunteers to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role. It is an opportunity to share best practise and to learn from the rich experiences of colleagues working across our diverse sector.

    Please register via the button below and further details and joining instructions will be sent in due course.

    Register Here

  • Thu
    23
    Sep
    2021
    13:00 - 14:30Online event

    How does our built environment affect whether we feel included and socially connected or lonely and isolated?

    Have your say in the current consultation on Reading’s town centre and ensure that future developments redesigns have a positive effect on all people at risk of loneliness and isolation.

    Plus all the usual networking opportunities, funding and service updates.

    Free event, please use the link below to book your place:
    www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ready-friends-befriending-forum-tickets

  • Sat
    25
    Sep
    2021
    12:00 - 16:00Forbury Gardens

    Reading, RG1 3BB

    The biggest ‘picnic in the park’ returns to Reading (Covid permitting). It brings together food, music, community stalls, workshops and local producers. It’s a fantastic celebration of local food sustainability.

    You can be part of this by volunteering or growing produce (see details on the website). Or just come along to enjoy food prepared and served by Reading College catering students, made from locally grown fruit and vegetables.

    Don’t miss out! Reading Town Meal helps to make Reading a special place.

    Website: www.readingtownmeal.org.uk

  • Tue
    28
    Sep
    2021
    11:00 - 12:30Online event

    Are you a volunteer-led, small group that’s embedded in your community? Do you want to find out more about funding, training, governance, publicising your work and developing your group? Are you keen to network and share with other small groups?

    If yes, then you are warmly invited to join the Small Groups Learn and Share Network, which brings together Reading’s small and emerging community groups to learn, share and grow stronger together.

    Please join us on September 28 from 11:00-12.30 for the next Network event, which will include:

    • Sharing our experience of post-pandemic reopening services and events.
    • Hearing about an exciting new funding opportunity to co-design and deliver mental health and wellbeing workshops for your communities.
    • Funding session.
    • Lots of opportunity to network, share your own stories and challenges and to get information on training, events and local community news.

    Free event, but please use the link below to register your place:
    www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rva-small-groups-learn-and-share-network-tickets