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  • 22 August 2017 Get Some Oomph!
    Sport / FitnessGet Berkshire Active
    St Catherine’s is hosting taster ‘Oomph’ sessions, run by Get Berkshire Active. Oomph is a fun seated exercise group for anyone over …

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  • 24 August 2017 Save a life – give blood
    VolunteeringNHS Blood and Transplant
    The Blood Service is running more sessions at The Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Station in Reading, and needs your help. These …

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  • 29 August 2017 Oomph Taster Session
    Sport / FitnessGet Berkshire Active
    St Catherine’s is hosting a second Oomph taster session, run by Get Berkshire Active. Oomph is a a fun seated exercise group …

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  • 29 August 2017 Save a life – give blood
    VolunteeringNHS Blood and Transplant
    The Blood Service is running more sessions at St Andrews United Reformed Church in Reading, and needs your help. These sessions run …

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  • 31 August 2017 Family Cupcake Decorating
    TrainingFamily Cupcake Decorating
    A workshop for adults, carers, grandparents and their children aged 4 and over. Learn easy techniques that will make decorating cupcakes fun …

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  • 1 September 2017 Volunteer Taster Day
    VolunteeringThrive
    Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who …

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  • 6 September 2017 Volunteer Recruitment Day
    VolunteeringBasildon Park (National Trust)
    If you are interested in becoming involved with the National Trust at Basildon Park, this is a good opportunity to come along …

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  • 6 September 2017 Learn more about South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group
    Public interestSouth Reading CCG
    Want to hear about your local NHS?  You are invited to attend South Reading CCG’s  Governing Body meeting in public and AGM …

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  • 6 September 2017 Emergency Paediatric First Aid Course
    TrainingReading Children’s & Voluntary Youth Services (RCVYS)
    This is a Paediatric First Aid course over two evening sessions – Wednesday 6 September and Wednesday 13 September 6-9pm. The course …

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  • 9 September 2017 Last Night Of The Proms
    EntertainmentSt Michael’s Church of England
    Join us for the Last Night of the Proms in the Morlais Room at St Michael’s Church. There will be lots of …

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  • 9 September 2017 Tours of St Peter’s Conservation Area, Caversham
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationFriends of Caversham Court Gardens
    To mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Conservation Areas, join architectural historian Megan Aldrich for a one-hour walk on Saturday …

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  • 11 September 2017 What are we doing to safeguard vulnerable adults in Reading?
    Public interestWhat are we doing to safeguard vulnerable adults in Reading?
    Come and find out how you can raise a concern if you are worried about someone, what happens next and how the different agencies involved work together.

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  • 12 September 2017 Emergency First Aid at Work – for Voluntary and Community Groups
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    RVA are hosting a 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work training for anyone in your organisation who might be responsible for administering first aid at work. For example if you are delivering a service or an activity, or you are responsible for the safety of services users, colleagues or volunteers in the office.

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  • 15 September 2017 7th ENRYCH Berkshire Annual Golf Day 2017
    ActivityENRYCH Berkshire
    This year’s Enrych Golf Event will take place on Friday 15 September 2017 at Goring and Streatley Golf Club. £65 per person, …

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  • 15 September 2017 First Steps into Volunteering
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Thinking about volunteering but not sure where to start? Got questions but not sure who to ask? This is the session for …

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  • 17 September 2017 Sunday Assembly Reading – Death
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationSunday Assembly Reading
    Ru Callender is a self-taught, self-proclaimed radical green undertaker, ritualist and sexton (graveyard managers) who jointly run The Green Funeral Company. They …

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  • 18 September 2017 Safeguarding Children: Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy Workshop
    WorkshopReading Borough Council (RBC)
    Reading Borough Council is running a series of Early Intervention and Prevention Workshops. The workshop will be a chance to understand more …

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  • 19 September 2017 Trustee Training
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Free training suitable for new and existing trustees and an introduction for anyone thinking of taking on the role. You will leave with an improved knowledge of what the position entails along with how to limit any liability you might face.

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  • 19 September 2017 Want to hear about your local NHS? – North and West Reading CCG Annual Meeting
    AGMNorth and West Reading CCG
    North and West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding it’s next Governing Body meeting in public on Tuesday 19th September and you …

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  • 19 September 2017 Living with Teenagers
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    This is a 3-week course to support parents through their children’s adolescence. Week 1 – Introduction to teenage development Explore ways of …

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  • 20 September 2017 Introduction to using an Android Tablet – 5 week workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week course to cover all the basic actions needed to get started with an Android tablet. To cover: Using the Settings …

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  • 20 September 2017 Open Garden Day
    Open dayThrive
    Open Garden days allow you to see our 3 acres of delightful Victorian walled garden and meet the friendly team at Thrive, in the grounds of Trunkwell House.

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  • 20 September 2017 Get Started with the iPad
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week course to cover all the basic actions needed to get started with your iPad. This is a small tutor-led class …

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  • 21 September 2017 Introduction to Windows 10 – 5 week course
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week course to highlight the Windows 10 operating system and new office apps. To cover: What’s new in Windows 10 – …

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  • 21 September 2017 Make Excel Work for You – 5 week course
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week course to make the learner feel more comfortable with: Using Excel to plan a budget – use of formula and …

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  • 22 September 2017 BCF Symposium 2017
    ForumBCF Symposium 2017
    BCF (Berkshire Community Foundation) invite you to attend their annual BCF Symposium to be held on 22 September 2017, from 9.30am to 3.00pm at Green Park in Reading.

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  • 22 September 2017 West of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Safeguarding Conference: Mental Health
    ConferenceWest of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Safeguarding Conference: Mental Health
    The West of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Safeguarding Conference is for practitioners from adults’ and children’s services within the statutory, private …

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  • 24 September 2017 Windsor Half Marathon – Guaranteed Charity Places
    Sport / FitnessDaisy’s Dream
    Join our Dream Team and sign up for a guaranteed place at this fabulous Half Marathon. Known as the UK’s most picturesque …

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  • 25 September 2017 Personality Profiling – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Personality profiling is commonly used to match the ideal personality for those best suited to a job role. You will learn: What …

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  • 26 September 2017 Dementia Friends Champions Induction
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationAlzheimer’s Society
    Become a Dementia Friends Champion by attending this whole day volunteer induction session. You’ll see a Dementia Friends Information Session delivered by …

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  • 26 September 2017 Training – Introduction to Benefits
    TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
    This full-day course provides an overview of the welfare benefits system. It is suitable for delegates who have little or no understanding of …

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  • 26 September 2017 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action. You will have a chance to contribute to …

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  • 26 September 2017 Narrowing the Gap II – Help shape plans from 2018 to 2022
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Borough Council (RBC)
    Community providers and other stakeholders are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for services operating from …

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  • 28 September 2017 Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering – for voluntary and community groups
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A one day course for people in the voluntary sector and community groups. This qualification will benefit anyone working in a situation …

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  • 28 September 2017 Living with Teenagers – Primary to Secondary School Transition
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Primary to Secondary – a 2-week course for parents on how they can help make the transition easier. Week 1 – Building …

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  • 30 September 2017 Reading Town Meal 2017
    Festival / Fete / CarnivalFood4Families
    Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. Our first Town Meal was held in 2011, and so far there have been …

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  • 2 October 2017 Volunteer Taster Day
    VolunteeringThrive
    Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who …

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  • 3 October 2017 Community Buildings Forum
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Is your group looking for a more 'permanent' home or have you thought about raising extra income through renting out space in your building to another local voluntary group? RVA are hosting another Community Buildings Forum for Reading-based groups

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  • 3 October 2017 Community Buildings Forum
    ForumReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Is your group looking for a more 'permanent' home or have you thought about raising extra income through renting out space in your building to another local voluntary group? RVA are hosting another Community Buildings Forum for Reading-based groups with updates on available space.

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  • 4 October 2017 Emergency First Aid at Work – for people in the voluntary sector and community groups
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A one-day course for people in the voluntary sector and community groups. Intended outcomes: Knowledge of appropriate procedures Recognise and treat an …

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  • 5 October 2017 Living with Teenagers: Primary to Secondary School Transition – 2 week workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Primary to Secondary School: a 2-week course for parents on how they can help make the transition easier. Week 1 – Building …

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  • 5 October 2017 Cooking for One – 5 week course
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5 week course for people living on their own. Learn how to cook simple, healthy food on a budget and enjoy …

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  • 7 October 2017 The Imagination Ball – Celebrating Daisy’s Dream’s 21st Anniversary
    EntertainmentDaisy’s Dream
    Join us in celebrating 21 years of Daisy’s Dream by attending our spectacular Imagination Ball. This will be held at the exclusive …

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  • 9 October 2017 Volunteer Recruitment Day
    VolunteeringBasildon Park (National Trust)
    If you are interested in becoming involved with the National Trust at Basildon Park, this is a good opportunity to come along …

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  • 10 October 2017 Training – Universal Credit
    TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
    This half-day course provides an overview of Universal Credit. It will cover the following: What is Universal Credit? Who is eligible? How …

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  • 11 October 2017 Treasurer Training
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    If you are new to the role of treasurer for a charity or community group, would like to be sure you're doing the right thing, or would like to find out more about being a treasurer this course is for you.

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  • 31 October 2017 Introduction to English Language and Culture – 5 week course
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A free 5-week introductory course for adults who have recently arrived in the UK and want to improve their English and learn …

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  • 31 October 2017 Training – Housing Rights and Homelessness
    TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
    This full-day course provides a comprehensive overview of housing law, tenants’ rights, and homelessness. It covers the following: Housing status Establishing a …

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  • 31 October 2017 Workshop: Data Protection for Charities – get ready for GDPR!
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    A practical workshop for Reading based charities and community groups to better understand their responsibility towards Data Protection and how the new GDPR coming into force next year will affect them. You will leave with practical steps to take that you can apply to your organisation and ensure you are legally compliant.

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  • 1 November 2017 Volunteer Taster Day
    VolunteeringThrive
    Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people who …

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  • 16 November 2017 Safeguarding for Trustees Training
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Free Safeguarding Training for Trustees and those running unincorporated groups and community associations. Delivered by RVA and RCVYS in partnership.

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  • 20 November 2017 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action. You will have a chance to contribute to …

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  • 25 November 2017 Out of Africa Charity Ball 2017
    EntertainmentCreating Better Futures
    Join us at the 5th annual Out of Africa Charity Ball on Saturday 25 November 2017 at the Windsor Ballroom, Hilton Hotel, …

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  • 28 November 2017 Training – Benefits and Coming to the UK
    TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
    This half-day course covers the rules about people who come to the UK and claim benefits. It is suitable for delegates who …

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  • 29 November 2017 Budgeting Workshop for groups and charities
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Need help planning your budget? A practical workshop to help you understand and improve your budgeting process. Ideal for anyone overseeing the budget such as Trustees, Charity Managers, Committee Members.

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  • 23 January 2018 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action. You will have a chance to contribute to …

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  • 29 March 2018 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action. You will have a chance to contribute to …

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