Author: Connect Reading

Reading School

Reading School is a selective state day and boarding academy for boys aged 11-18 which has been educating young men since 1125. Our vision is that by 2025, we will be a flourishing world-leading  institution developing academic excellence and continuing to build good men. Their school enriches the intellectual, sporting, artistic and cultural life of […]

Connecting with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Connecting with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust We were delighted to welcome Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust into our Connect Reading community last month. We’re thrilled that they are just as excited to join us as we are to have them! Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce their membership to Connect […]

Spotlight On: No5

We’re delighted to have welcomed No5 to our Connect Reading community. Carly Newman, Operations and Relationships Manager, took some time to tell us all about them and answer some questions about the wonderful work they do.   No5 No5 provides free, confidential, open-access mental health support and face-to-face, online and in-school counselling for young people aged […]

Starting Point

Providing mentoring and creating opportunities for young people aged 11–25. Starting Point are passionate about seeing transformation in the lives of local young people who face disadvantage. WHY? To offer young people a starting point for a brighter and more hopeful future. WHAT? To journey alongside and provide opportunities that enable young people to thrive. HOW?  By […]

Browning York

Working with organisations that make the world a kinder place since 2003, Sarah Browning of Browning York Ltd, works with charities, universities and other not-for-profit organisations. Sarah’s services are always tailored to your specific requirements. She can: Develop high-quality, effective communication strategies and plans for you to deliver Act as a mentor to inspire your […]


Need a home for your business? Co-Space is an innovative flexible office space and co-working provider with a focus on ergonomic, design-led space that boosts your productivity and supports the environment. With spaces in Reading, Stevenage and Bath (2022), members and non-members alike can use the space for meetings, events, co-working and private office space.

Spotlight On: The Butterfly Community Café

We are delighted to have welcomed The Butterfly Community Café into our Connect Reading community. Jennie Kettel, Founder/Director, took some time to answer some questions and tell us a bit more about them. The Butterfly Community Café We are a not-for-profit community interest company established to enable young people aged 14+ in special needs schools (with […]

The Royal Berks Charity

The Royal Berks Charity support the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust vision to continue to drive improvement in patient experience and be an outstanding provider of health services for our local communities. We work together with staff, patients and their families, fundraisers, donors, volunteers and local businesses to raise funds that enable us to add […]

Low Carbon Workspaces

Low Carbon Workspaces offers small and medium-sized businesses in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to a third of the cost of making energy improvements. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by Ngage Solutions, a not-for-profit company […]

Spotlight On: Reading Biscuit Factory

We love having Reading Biscuit Factory as part of our Connect Reading community! Matthew Lacey, General Manager, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about the business. Reading Biscuit Factory We are a brand-new, three-screen independent cinema and community cultural hub, with a bar, café, shared workspaces and room to […]

Local company Sorce launches Juggl Desks to enable a safe return to the workplace

Cloud-based desk booking solution facilitates hybrid working On the 7th July 2021, Berkshire intranet software provider, Sorce, launched Juggl Desks. Juggl is a cloud-based desk booking solution that helps organisations to manage a safe return to the workplace. Ideal for supporting hybrid working, Juggl is free to all organisations until 2022. “Organisations of all sizes […]

Connect Reading AGM

Connect Reading AGM 2020-2021 It was great to have you with us if you joined us at our Connect Reading 2020-2021 AGM this morning. If you weren’t able to join us then you can still watch the slides, which were presented by Lorraine and Annie, in the video below ↓ What a year! In […]

Spotlight On: Chemogiftbags

We love having Chemogiftbags as part of our Connect Reading community. Lynne Shipton, Founder of Chemogiftbags, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about the organisation and how we can connect with all they’re doing. Chemogiftbags Chemogiftbags provide free care packages for breast cancer patients and for those undergoing chemo in the […]

de la Haye Coaching

With over 25 years’ experience in grassroots business management, Tristan (de la Haye Coaching) helps individuals to develop and implement effective commercial plans alongside personalised, executive support when required. Tristan works with Startups and Small Business Owners in Reading and the Thames Valley to help them plan for the future, grow their business and implement […]


Visa are a global payments technology company working to enable consumers, businesses, banks and governments to use digital currency. They connect consumers, businesses, banks and governments in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Employment Advice Webinar for Women

Free employment advice webinar for female job seekers We love sharing what our Connect Reading members are doing and next week two of our members, Smart Works Reading and Pepsico are teaming up to offer a fantastic free webinar! Award-winning charity Smart Works Reading has partnered with major local employer PepsiCo to run a free employment advice […]

Spotlight On: Reading Interfaith Group

We are so delighted to have welcomed Reading Interfaith Group to Connect Reading!  Sarah Griffin, Chair of Reading Interfaith Group, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about the organisation and how we can connect with all they’re doing. Reading Interfaith Group Throughout history religion can be used for good or […]

Reading Interfaith Group

Reading Interfaith Group began as a response to the challenge and opportunities of an increasingly global economy. As inspiration and ideas from all over the world came to Reading, the Reading Interfaith Group aims to challenge fear and prejudice by bringing people together. Their mission is: To enable members of different faiths to learn about and […]

Event Cycle

Event Cycle help event planners reduce waste and create a positive social impact in the process by repurposing and redistributing leftover event items to charities and community groups as well as back into the events industry, giving them a second home rather than going to waste.

Spotlight On: Reading University Student’s Union (RUSU)

We are so delighted to have welcomed Reading University Student’s Union (RUSU) to Connect Reading! Ryan Bird, Chief Executive at RUSU, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about the organisation and how we can connect with all they’re doing. Reading University Student’s Union (RUSU) RUSU is a democratic, student-led organisation, […]

Spotlight On: Education Business Partnership

We are so delighted to have welcomed Education Business Partnership to Connect Reading! Michelle Smith, CEO at Education Business Partnership, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about the organisation and how we can connect with all they’re doing. Education Business Partnership We are Education Business Partnership (EBP), a not-for-profit company […]

Spotlight On: Berkshire Maestros

We are so delighted to have welcomed Berkshire Maestros Connect Reading! Dawn Wren, CEO at Berkshire Maestros, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about the organisation and how we can connect with all they’re doing. Berkshire Maestros We are Berkshire’s largest music charity, offering instrumental and vocal tuition in schools and music centres […]

Spotlight On: Activate Learning

We are so delighted to have welcomed the wonderful Activate Learning to Connect Reading! Holly Perrett, Partnership Engagement Manager, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about Activate Learning and how we can connect with all they’re doing. Spotlight On: Activate Learning – Reading College & Institute of Technology The Activate […]

Sport In Mind

Sport in Mind ® is an independent multi-award winning mental health charity (unaffiliated to Mind and not part of the local Mind network) that was formed in Reading, Berkshire in 2010 with a simple mission: “To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity” They are the UK’s leading mental […]

Education Business Partnership

Education Business Partnership work in partnership with around 1,500 businesses whose involvement with their activities often supports their own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals. We help businesses to: attract applicants (into apprenticeships, graduate programmes or direct entry roles) address skills shortages inspire students to enter a career in their sector improve the employability skills of […]

Reading Family Aid

Reading Family Aid‘s mission is to put a smile on the faces of disadvantaged children in the Reading area They help children living with poverty and other disadvantages. They may be young carers, for example; or living in a family affected by drug taking, physical abuse, chronic illness or disability; or they may have a […]

New Beginnings Reading

New Beginnings Reading is a homeless charity based in Reading, UK. Their aims are the prevention and relief of poverty and financial hardship of persons in Reading and the Greater Berkshire area who are in need due to social or economic reasons, regardless of their religion or belief. This includes (but is not limited to) providing […]

Brighter Futures for Children

Brighter Futures for Children are an independent, not-for-profit-company established in December 2018 to deliver the best possible opportunities for the children of Reading. Their responsibility is to deliver children’s social care, early help and educational services (including SEND). Their vision is to unlock resources to help every child have a happy, healthy and successful life. […]

Autism Berkshire

Autism Berkshire was founded as the Berkshire Autistic Society in 1990 by a group of parents of children with autism, related conditions and challenging behaviours. Today they are the leading autism charity in Berkshire and deliver quality specialist services, training and social and leisure activities throughout the county, guided by a team of trustees with […]


Alliance for Cohesion And Racial Equality (ACRE) was set up in October 2012 to promote community cohesion and inclusion through community engagement, empowerment and social development in the Greater Reading area. They are an organisation that gets involved in our communities. With the support of our volunteers who come from all walks of life, ACRE […]

Ethical Reading

Ethical Reading exists to help organisations in Reading and their teams do the right thing by each other, the wider community and the environment and to thrive in the process. It is all about encouraging people to take a compassionate, respectful and responsible approach when making decisions at every level from the board room to […]

Spotlight On: University of Reading

We are so delighted to have welcomed the wonderful University of Reading to Connect Reading! Sarah Gardner, Community Relations Manager, shared with us a bit about what their last year has been like, what they’re looking forward to, and how you can connect with them. The University are really passionate about local community and they’d […]

The Giving Tree 2020

Over 1,500 gifts bought for disadvantaged children and young people in Reading. Over £5,500 raised by you online. Over £5,600 donated by local businesses. And over £4,400 underwritten by us at Connect Reading because we believe in the cause so much. “The generosity of The Giving Tree gave us an opportunity to identify children, young […]

Upcoming Event | From the Jobseeker’s Perspective

The pandemic has had a huge impact on many people’s employment status. From the Jobseeker’s Perspective is an event for those looking for work and those supporting jobseekers. We’ll hear from Connect Reading members with experience of career change, bouncing back from redundancy and helping individuals become work-ready. Sessions will include topics such as interview techniques; presenting; […]

Citizens Advice Reading

Citizens Advice Reading provide free, confidential and advice and are open to everyone in the community. Their volunteers are trained to advise on virtually any issue, including: welfare benefits money and credit problems employment consumer rights energy housing neighbourhood disputes education and healthcare immigration and residency queries human rights family and personal issues.    

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