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 […]
Calling all parents, carers, childminders and schools! We know how much you love being able to choose gifts for The Giving Tree with your children and we are so excited that it’s possible this year! We’d love to share with your our colouring sheets with the QR code on so that you can chat about […]
Want to be a Secret Santa? Buy a gift or donate so local charities can make Christmas special for those they support. The week of 15th November sees the launch of Connect Reading’s Giving Tree – an opportunity for the wonderful people of Reading to show their generosity by buying a gift for someone supported […]
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 […]
We’re delighted to welcome Reading FC Community Trust to the Connect Reading community! Paul Brown, Premier League Strategic Lead / Premier League Kicks Lead, took some time to chat to us and share a bit more about who they are, what they do and how you can connect with them. Reading FC Community Trust At Reading […]
Claire Brown’s mission is to help professionals step into the fullness of their potential, whether that means a career change, career development or workplace coaching. After having her children, Claire Brown navigated her own career change journey and retrained as a Coach before setting up her own business based in Reading, Berkshire. She is now […]
At Reading FC Community Trust, we offer a safe environment to care for, develop and educate the disadvantaged or at-risk young people within the Reading and surrounding areas. We aim to significantly increase the involvement of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in our community with a number of diverse activities and projects. Reading FC Community […]
We love Glorifico’s enthusiasm and passion for bringing people together with music. Dean Jones, Founder of Glorifico, took some time to chat with us and tell us a bit more about the work they do. Glorifico We provide fresh, innovative services and programmes using music as the catalyst. Right now, our clients are from the […]
Glorifico provide fresh, innovative services and programmes using music as the catalyst. Right now, their clients are from the Education, Care Home and Charity sectors.
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 […]
Join No5 for their 50th Anniversary Fundraising Gala on Saturday 20th November 2021 at the Hilton! No5’s Fundraising Gala Join No5 Young People for a Night of Music and Dancing to Celebrate 50 Years of Supporting Young People’s Mental Health For 50 years, No5 Young People (No5) has been at the centre of the Reading […]
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 […]
Caroline Gratrix, owner of Viva Photography, brings so much positivty and such a love of Reading to our Connect Reading Community! Viva Photography Viva Photography has been running for nearly 20 years. Over that time I covered lots of genres of photography from weddings, products, families and studio work. These days I focus predominantly on […]
Royal Berks Charity have been part of the Connect Reading family for a while and it was great to catch up with their Director, Jo Warrior, to hear a bit more about their work and their plans for the year ahead. Royal Berks Charity The Royal Berks Charity raises funds to support the work of […]
We are thrilled to have welcomed Browning York to our Connect Reading Community. Sarah Browning (she/her), Communicator and Kindness Cheerleader, took some time to answer some questions and tell us a bit more about them. Browning York I work with individuals and organisations who have a vision of a kinder world, supporting them to communicate […]
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.
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 […]
We love having Tilehurst Junior Youth Club as a part of our Connect Reading community. Peter Capel, Committee Chairman, took some time to answer some questions and tell us a bit more about the organisation. Tilehurst Junior Youth Club We run a youth club for children aged 8 to 12 years and meet on Friday […]
We love having Low Carbon Workspaces as a part of our Connect Reading community. Tom Macdonald, Project Officer, took some time to answer some questions and tell us a bit more about the organisation. Low Carbon Workspaces As a grant scheme, we offer grants to SMEs looking to reduce their carbon emissions through upgrades or […]
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 […]
Connect Reading Bespoke Team Days Are you looking for a bespoke team day where you can have a positive social impact in your locality?We would love to chat with you about our bespoke Connect Reading team days*! For more info on our team days check out our brochure below. Connect Reading Bespoke Team Days Brochure […]
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 […]
Caroline Gratrix of VIVA photography is a professional photographer based in Reading, Berkshire, specialising in business headshot photography. My job is to make people smile, imagine that!
We love having Reading Advice Network as a part of our Connect Reading community. Their Chair, Richard Harrison, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about the organisation. Reading Advice Network We are an umbrella organisation that brings together and supports charities to give quality information and advice to […]
The Butterfly Community Café C.I.C |Founded by Jennie Kettell We are a Berkshire-based not-for-profit community interest company formed to set up a coffee van to teach life skills to young people with severe/specific learning difficulties. There are many teenagers in special needs schools across the country who are able to learn and apply skills but need extra […]
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 […]
Reading Biscuit Factory is many things: a three-screen cinema, bar, coffee shop, live performance space and community hub. Our aim is to offer a fantastic and welcoming venue and create a setting where everyone can relax, work, meet and create – all under one roof.
Case Study: Graft Thames Valley & ABC to Read AT A GLANCE The Survival Guide Course, from Graft Thames Valley, supports those who have been long-term unemployed for whatever reason. The course enables participants to grow in confidence and helps them to develop practical skills. Connect Reading connected Graft Thames Valley with ABC to Read […]
Case Study: Visa and Brookfields School AT A GLANCE Connect Reading connected Visa and Brookfields School and a long-term partnership has been created! As part of Visa’s global volunteering month in June 2021, Visa organised a virtual event with Brookfields School. Visa have also have donated £1,500 to Brookfield’s Market Garden project and committed to […]
We love having Me2 Club as part of our Connect Reading family! Shaun Polley, Chief Executive Officer, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about the charity. Me2 Club Me2 Club tackles the isolation felt by marginalised children (aged 5 to 19 years) with wide ranging additional needs and disabilities, […]
We love having CommuniCare as part of our Connect Reading community! Francesca Yates, Communicare Manager, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about the charity. CommuniCare We are a charity providing information, advice and support to anyone in need. We aim to support people in understanding and navigating everyday […]
We love having Shift Youth + Community as part of our Connect Reading family! Aneta Banas, Executive Assistant and Administrator, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about the charity. Shift Youth + Community We are a Christian new monastic and missional movement. We base ourselves in local communities […]
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 […]
We are delighted to have the Activate Learning and Reading College partnership as Connect Reading members. Activate Learning is a forward-thinking education group that aims for far-reaching, progressive change and impact through learning. They work with students as individuals, helping them make the choice of career pathway or course that’s right for them and their […]
We love having de la Haye Coaching as part of our Connect Reading community! Tristan, Founder of de la Haye Coaching, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about his business. de la Haye Coaching With over 25 years’ experience in grassroots business management, I can help to develop […]
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 ↓ https://connectreading.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AGM-2020-2021.mp4 What a year! In […]
We love having Chapter2 as part of our Connect Reading community! Andrea Smith, Operations Manager at Chapter2, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about Chapter2. Chapter2 Chapter2 is a mentoring charity based in Reading. We train male mentors from churches and the community and pair them with boys […]
We love having the brilliant Berkshire Youth as part of our Connect Reading family. Julie MacLean, Marketing Manager at Berkshire Youth, took some time to tell us a bit more about the charity and the work they do. Berkshire Youth Berkshire Youth is a local charity which has been supporting the county’s young people for […]
Connect Reading Annual Report 2020-2021 Our Annual Report is a round up of all things Connect Reading from last year. We hope you enjoy reading it! A note from our MD, Lorraine Briffitt:And a good day to you all. “What is this?” I hear you say. It is an Annual Report, but in July! We […]
We love having Reading Family Aid as part of our Connect Reading community. Ruth Perkins, Chair of Reading Family Aid, took some time to tell us a bit more about the charity and their passion for bringing joy to children in Reading. Reading Family Aid A little about Reading Family Aid and the amazing work […]
Connect Reading Membership Brochures Are you looking to make connections and improve your local environment and community? We would love to chat with you about Connect Reading membership! We believe that each of our members has a unique and valuable contribution to make and we love getting to know them so we can help make meaningful […]
We love having Visa as part of our Connect Reading community. The wonderful, Jacquie Daley, Director of Clearing and Settlement at Visa in Reading, took some time to tell us a bit more about the company and their passion for giving back to their local community. Visa Visa are a global payments technology company working to enable […]
We are really excited to welcome B Radio to the Connect Reading community. Gavin Harris, Director, told us a bit more about B Radio, what they’re passionate about and how you can connect with them. B Radio We are a local not-for-profit radio station broadcasting across Berkshire from our studios in Reading. We play a mix of […]
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 […]
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.
Grow your own talent UTC Reading are looking to connect with local employers. Do connect with them if you’d like to know more! UTC Reading is calling for local employers in the digital, science and technology field to work with us to bring industry knowledge into the classrooms and get our teachers into industry, and in […]
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 […]
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 […]
B Radio are a local non-profit radio station broadcasting across Berkshire from their studios in Reading. They play a mix of contemporary music and reflect life in the local area.
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 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.
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, […]
Libera Voce has a made-to-measure approach to consulting. We combine insight and skill to help transform anything from processes to strategies, from people to structures.
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 […]
RUSU is a democratic, student-led organisation, with the aim to help students make the most of their experience whilst studying at the University of Reading. They do this by providing support, opportunities, facilities and entertainment. Leaders are elected each year to direct their work and to campaign for positive change. RUSU’s purpose is to improve […]
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 […]
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A collection of brilliant coaches in Reading! Coaching Reading are a group of Reading based coaching professionals and enthusiasts who have come together to share knowledge and ideas, support our community, and to develop and learn.
Berkshire Maestros educate, inspire and encourage children and young people to start musical journeys, to achieve their musical potential and, most importantly, to love music as much as they do.
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 […]
We are so delighted to have welcomed the wonderful Sport In Mind to Connect Reading! Calum Pettitt, Sport In Mind’s Service Coordinator, took some time to answer some questions and tell us all about Sport in Mind and how we can connect with all they’re doing. Spotlight On: Sport In Mind Sport in Mind is […]
We can’t go out in big groups for Reading RESCUE in May, but we can still have a BIG IMPACT! We’re really looking forward to heading out during the week of Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th May 2021 in groups of up to six or two households. To sign up, fill in our RESCUE form here […]
We love our Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too. We were delighted to welcome Paul to our Trustee Board earlier this year. After qualifying as a solicitor in 1999, Paul joined Heathrow Airport. During his 20 year career, at Heathrow, he has held leadership […]
Every day, Thames Water serve 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley.
Fifi’s Vision C.I.C. provide support for those who have children with additional needs. You can find them on Facebook here.
We love our Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too. We asked Tony, our Treasurer, a few questions to get to know him better and find out a bit more about why he decided to join us at Connect Reading. Hi Tony! Can you tell […]
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 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‘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 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 […]
KEG was established in 2018 to fight the closure of RGC and the sale of the land for housing. The group was originally a small number of golf club members plus some local residents who would be directly affected by the Golf Club’s plans. It has since grown and now has almost 1,400 subscribers and […]
Graft Thames Valley support people from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with disabilities and/or other complex needs into employment, training and other work-related activities.
Chapter2 believe passionately that every boy should have a good man to guide him into adulthood. Working with the church, they aim to provide a male mentor and a community of men for boys growing-up without a father. Read our latest Spotlight On Chapter 2 here.
Coley Park Community Association is based within the Coley Park Community Centre which is open for hire 7 days a week Many groups run throughout the week at the centre, helping to support fitness, disability, youth, parent and child engagement, culture, religion and an Over 50’s club. At weekends the centre is generally open to […]
We love our Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too. We were delighted to welcome John to our Trustee Board earlier this year. John has over 25 years’ experience in a variety of commercially focussed roles, and has enjoyed working in a range of different […]
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. […]
We love our Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too. Vicky Poole is a coach who helps people reconcile their past and deal with their hang-ups so they can create a future of their wildest dreams. After 15 years in corporate and strategic sales in […]
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 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 […]
We love our Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too. Darren Campbell is one of our newest Trustees and we were very excited to welcome him to the team earlier this year. Darren has spent the last 6 years leading & transforming business units within […]
We have an excellent team of Connect Reading Trustees and we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them too. Up first, Tracey Rawling Church, who is our Chair. Tracey is a principal consultant at Acclaro Advisory and has spent more than 20 years supporting businesses to minimise their environmental impact and maximise their […]
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 University of Reading has been at the forefront of UK higher education for nearly a century. Over the decades they have become innovators and pioneers, pushing academic boundaries and leading social change. Positive engagement with the local community is important to the University and they we offer a wide range of events and activities […]
Sadaka is a charity for those in need, based in Reading with an ethos of giving without judgement or bias.
We love creating connections and we’re proud to be working with Ethical Angel to help our members receive free virtual support through their platform. Watch this video from Natu Hadish, Head of Causes at Ethical Angel, to learn a little more about the benefits of becoming part of their network. As a charity or CIC, […]
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 […]
We had our 2019/20 AGM on Friday 4th December 12.15pm on Zoom. Thank you to those of you who joined us. If you’d like to read the minutes you can find them below to download in PDF or HTML format. Our annual report can also be found below. If you have any questions then please […]
Come join us for our AGM on Friday 4th December 12.15pm. Click here to pre-register on Eventbrite. We’ll be approving last year’s minutes and sharing info from our impact report, both of which you can download below.
Calling all parents, carers, childminders and schools! We know how much you love being able to choose gifts for The Giving Tree with your children. We know it’s not the same but on our donation page you’ll find some example images of the gifts your money will buy. We’ve also created some colouring sheets with […]
THE GIVING TREE It’s November. It’s 49 days until Christmas. And, The Giving Tree is live! Much like many things this year it looks a little different to normal but we are delighted that you are still able to be a Secret Santa for a child or young person in Reading this year! Head to our campaign page […]
CSR, Covid and Climate Change – a chance to Build Back Better CSR – or Corporate Social Responsibility – has its origins in the philanthropy practised by wealthy industrialists who funded the construction of public buildings not only for the benefit of society but as a way of leaving their mark as a person of influence […]
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; […]
Holy Brook Associates was created by Rachel Eden in 2014 with a simple aim: to help business owners improve how they run their organisations. Their associates provide training to help clients communicate with their audiences more effectively and to be more strategic and innovative in their thinking. And, their Finance Team helps clients to handle […]
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.
BWA works against domestic abuse and violence, providing advice, counselling and places of safety in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell, Berkshire UK.