On Tuesday 22 January, thirty-one organisations from across Reading’s voluntary sector attended the Town Hall to showcase their services to a range of social workers and other staff from Brighter Futures for Children. Most were children and young people’s groups, although there was representation from a variety of community sectors, all delivering essential local projects in innovative and creative ways.
The atmosphere was very much like an authentic bustling marketplace, with an air of excitement, and palpable positive energy filling the room as people passionately spoke of their work. Right till the end the visitors kept arriving, eager to learn who and what was on offer. People came with a genuine interest to learn, which was matched by the genuine enthusiasm of the providers to share.
This combination of interest and enthusiasm made for a lovely event with lots of positive feedback. Many shared how many great leads they had received and how many quality contacts they had made. Everyone left with a smile on their face and a good word to say, reflecting a most enjoyable and successful event.