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  • 24 October 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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  • 24 October 2017 Mental Health Forum
    Not specifiedReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    10am – 12noon (followed by individual slots) Does your organisation support service users with mental health problems? RVA is co-hosting a Mental …

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  • 26 October 2017 Fire Marshall Training – for Voluntary and Community Groups – 26 Oct 2017
    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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  • 28 October 2017 Pangbourne Christmas Fair
    FundraisingPangbourne Christmas Fair
    Time to start your Christmas shopping! The Pangbourne Christmas Fair promises refreshments, crafts, raffle, Tombola and cakes.  20 charities will have stalls …

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  • 28 October 2017 Exploring Autism
    TrainingAutAngel
    This interactive and enjoyable session explores what autism feels like from the inside and the impact of the condition on individuals. It …

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  • 30 October 2017 Caversham End Loneliness Action Group
    Not specifiedCaversham End Loneliness Action Group
    After a  well attended Champions to End Loneliness workshop at Caversham Library, local residents are invited to come along to the first …

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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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  • 31 October 2017 Using LinkedIn For Job Opportunities – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Create a professional online presence using LinkedIn, an online networking platform that allows you to connect with employers and recruiters. During the …

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  • 31 October 2017 Using LinkedIn For Job Opportunities – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Create a professional online presence using LinkedIn, an online networking platform that allows you to connect with employers and recruiters. During the …

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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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  • 1 November 2017 Next Steps with your Apple iPad – 5 week workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week course, following on from the Introduction course or for those who already know the basics and wish to learn more. …

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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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  • 1 November 2017 Quiz Night and Charity Auction
    FundraisingLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital
    Calling all aspiring eggheads! Come and show us what you’re made of at our Quiz Night and raise funds for the League …

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  • 1 November 2017 Next Steps with an Android Tablet – 5 week workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A newly-designed 5-week course, following on from the introduction course or for those who already know the basics and wish to learn …

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  • 1 November 2017 Partnerships and Networking – RAN’s Third Forum
    ForumReading Advice Network
    In response to feedback from the Second Advice Forum, we are inviting you to introduce yourself and your organisation in a three …

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  • 1 November 2017 Talk: Soil Safari
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Gardeners Club
    Our speaker Lois Philipps is a teacher and agricultural adviser who specialises in organic methods. A Fellow of the Institute of Soil …

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  • 2 November 2017 Further Skills in Word – 5 week workshop
    TrainingFurther Skills in Word – 5 week workshop
    A 5-week course for those who have some experience of using Word and wish to increase their level of skills or update …

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  • 2 November 2017 Next Steps in Excel – 5 week workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week course following on from Make Excel Work For You. Small tutor led classes with a maximum of 10 learners. To …

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  • 3 November 2017 Children of Dominica – Hurricane Maria Disaster Fundraiser
    EntertainmentApollo Youth Club
    The Children of Dominica Hurricane Maria Disaster Fundraiser will be a 5 hour multi-arts event that will seek to raise in excess …

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  • 3 November 2017 Peer Support in Mental Health – 4 day Training Course
    TrainingReading Your Way
    Peer Support Training Programme – Fridays 3, 10, 17, 24 November 2017 Have you experienced mental health difficulties? Would you like to …

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  • 7 November 2017 Want to Start your own Business? Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Our From Idea to Business workshop will introduce you to 5 practical steps of transferring your idea into a business or freelancing opportunity. …

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  • 7 November 2017 Want to Start your own Business? Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Our From Idea to Business workshop will introduce you to 5 practical steps of transferring your idea into a business or freelancing opportunity. …

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  • 8 November 2017 DBS Workshop
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    FREE DBS workshop for voluntary and community groups - find out when DBS checks are required, what is 'regulated activity', the different levels of disclosure, how to fill in the form and how to use the update service.

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  • 9 November 2017 Mental Health Starts in the Womb Conference
    ConferenceHome-Start Reading
    This is Reading’s first Mental Health Starts in the Womb conference, put together by local charities and interest groups to raise awareness …

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  • 9 November 2017 Annual Meeting of Reading Düsseldorf Association
    AGMReading Dusseldorf Association
    At our AGM we will hear about the many ways in which we celebrated 70 years of friendship between Reading and Düsseldorf, …

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  • 11 November 2017 Winter Ball
    Social gatheringReading Mencap
    Reading Mencap, Stepping Forward UK, Autism Berkshire, Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, Berkshire Phab, Dingley’s Promise, The Engine Shed and Parenting Special Children present …

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  • 13 November 2017 Volunteer Induction Training
    TrainingMe2 Club
    Please note: This training is on the 13 November and 15 November from 5pm until 9pm on both evenings. You will need …

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  • 13 November 2017 Interview Skills – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    How to conduct yourself at an interview in the most effective way, including: – What to expect at an interview. – Common …

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  • 15 November 2017 Talk on Jerusalem Botanic Garden
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Gardeners Club
    Our speaker Neil Miller is head gardener of the 125 acre gardens of Hever Castle. He has had a long association with …

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  • 16 November 2017 Emergency First Aid at Work – For 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 …

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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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  • 19 November 2017 Sunday Assembly Reading – Bodies
    Social gatheringSunday Assembly Reading
    Bodies and minds. I’m sitting at a computer writing this. No doubt you are sedentarily reading my words. We both know that …

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  • 20 November 2017 Group Interview Skills – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Experience an example of what to expect during a group interview, in a fun and supportive environment. You will: – Be given …

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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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  • 22 November 2017 Improving You Cancer Care Experience
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationMacmillan Cancer Support
    Help shape the future of cancer services  – Hear great speakers and take part in lively workshops The Royal Berkshire Hospital Cancer …

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  • 23 November 2017 Safeguarding for Volunteers – 23 Nov 2017
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Free workshop for volunteers of community groups to better understand their safeguarding responsibilities, with a focus on vulnerable adults.

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  • 23 November 2017 Protect vulnerable adults from the risk of fire
    TrainingRoyal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS)
    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is providing free training for partner agencies and frontline workers. The training is designed to …

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  • 23 November 2017 Universal Safeguarding Children Training
    TrainingReading Children’s & Voluntary Youth Services (RCVYS)
    Target Group: All staff whose work brings them into contact with children and young people in whatever circumstances Aims & Outcomes: Have …

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  • 24 November 2017 Carers Rights Day
    Public interestReading and West Berkshire Carers Hub
    Carers Rights Day is an annual event aimed at helping carers in their local community and to know their rights and find …

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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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  • 26 November 2017 Christmas Fair
    Festival / Fete / CarnivalReading Mencap
    Everyone is welcome to join Reading Mencap at our Christmas Fair, where there will be lots of fun for all the family: …

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  • 27 November 2017 Interview Presentation Skills – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A workshop covering how to present yourself successfully at an interview, including: – Interview preparation. – Using visual aids and electronic devices. …

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  • 28 November 2017 Is Volunteering For You? Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Volunteering can change your life! Join this free workshop to discover: What volunteering can do for you How volunteering can fit into …

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  • 28 November 2017 Reading Community Learning Centre AGM
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Community Learning Centre (RCLC)
    You are warmly invited to our 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 28th November 2017 at Reading Community Learning Centre, 94 London …

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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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  • 30 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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  • 6 December 2017 Explore Ebay
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A newly designed workshop to help you with buying and selling on eBay. Small, tutor-led classes with a maximum of 10 learners …

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  • 7 December 2017 Cyber Safety – How to Avoid Scams
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    An informative session looking at some of the latest online scams and how you can protect yourselves. Small tutor led classes with …

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  • 7 December 2017 Refresh Your iPad Skills
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    An informative session for those who have attended the Next Steps course and wish to refresh and update. Small tutor led classes …

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  • 9 December 2017 Exploring Autism
    TrainingAutAngel
    This interactive and enjoyable session explores what autism feels like from the inside and the impact of the condition on individuals. It …

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  • 10 December 2017 Christmas Concert of Carols and Readings
    FundraisingLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital
    The annual Christmas concert of carols and Readings. This events features music and song from Pangbourne choral society. Held in the Falkland …

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  • 14 December 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 …

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  • 13 January 2018 Exploring Autism
    TrainingAutAngel
    This interactive and enjoyable session explores what autism feels like from the inside and the impact of the condition on individuals. It …

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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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  • 7 February 2018 Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
    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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  • 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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