Celebrating Volunteers’ Week in Reading

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To celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2019, we have an exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery, and tonight we will be hosting the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards on the fourteenth floor of Thames Tower
Exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery

Volunteers make a huge contribution to life in Reading, and we wanted to capture a little of that in our exhibition for Volunteers’ Week. We have an eclectic mix of exhibits on display, which seems an apt way of representing the diversity of volunteers and volunteering opportunities in the town.

When we first had the idea of putting on an exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery, we were supported by The Rising Sun Arts Centre, who introduced us to Kate Shorey. Kate has curated the exhibition, with exhibits from The Cuckoo’s Nest, a new peer support drop-in centre for people with mental health issues on the Oxford Road; Project Linus Berkshire, who create quilts for children’ in a new of a hug’; and a volunteer at Launchpad Reading.

Kate also created a wordagram, drawing on volunteers’ own descriptions of what volunteering means to them. It is heartening to read the words and ideas which people associate with the act of volunteering and participating in their community. The exhibition is on during Reading Central Library opening hours until Saturday 8 June. Stop by and fill out a postcard to add to our collection, about what volunteering means to you.

Reading Volunteer Awards

The third annual Reading Volunteer Awards will take place tonight, at a drinks reception on the fourteenth floor of Thames Tower. Our guests will be volunteers nominated by organisations across Reading, for their amazing contributions. Volunteers rarely look for recognition for giving their time, talent and skills – this is our opportunity to celebrate the difference they make.