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 […]
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 […]
More info coming soon on Trutify!
A collection of brilliant coaches in Reading! *Website link and more info coming soon*
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.
Reading RESCUE – Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean-Up Event – our bi-annual environmental clean-up event looked a little different this year! Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, sadly we made the decision not to go ahead with the event in the usual format. However, our local environment and community are our first priority and we were […]
A Social Enterprise, founded by psychologists, ToolShed provide holistic education. They work with young people, aged 16-18, to help them get their English and Maths qualifications, relevant work experience and to increase confidence in themselves as they discover their strengths. With a huge emphasis on attitude training throughout, ToolShed help young people explore who they […]
Since opening in 1999, The Oracle Shopping Centre has become the foremost shopping and leisure destination in the heart of Reading town centre, is the region’s premier shopping and leisure destination
Sara’s Gardens offer horticulture advice and management solutions for gardens and estates.
Reading Buses are proud to have been transporting customers in and around Reading for over 100 years. They are committed to providing a quality bus service with a strong focus on customer service and innovation. Along with their owners, Reading Borough Council (RBC), they are successfully reducing car dependency for access to the area, both […]
Reading Climate Action Network (Reading CAN) are a network of people and organisations that are actively trying to improve our town’s response to climate change, and the challenges this brings.
Reading Borough Council is responsible for the local services for around 155,000 residents including education, planning and transport.
Pierre Fabre take care of life by designing and developing innovative solutions inspired by consumers and patients and contributing to the well-being of everyone from health to beauty.They achieve this by cooperating with health-care professionals, trusted partners worldwide, by drawing relentless inspiration from nature and plants, and by placing pharmaceutical ethics at the very heart […]
One of the world’s leading food and bevarage companies, Pepsico serve more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
OrangeGrove are a cutting edge web design and UX agency, achieving business-changing results for the companies they work with. Everything they do and recommend is backed by science and psychology.
Perfectly suited to family or business stays, Novotel Reading Centre sits in the heart of the town.
As a firm of chartered accountants, tax and business advisers, MHA MacIntyre Hudson provide a full range of financial and business services to enterprises and individuals helping them to achieve growth and long-term success.
Lighting Fires Coaching are a small company of accredited executive and career coaches who all have coaching psychology qualifications from Henley Business School and business experience. Lighting Fires develops individual clients and teams by building self-belief and the courage to fulfil their potential. Empowerment and fresh thinking builds new, more capable leaders.
The Initiate App connects volunteers, people in need, non-profits and businesses.
Green Park offers a high quality business environment in an established location with first class on-site amenities, enjoyed by around over 7,000 people already on the Park. Their range of office accommodation gives forward thinking businesses the ability to flex and the space to perform.
CH & CO are a group of chefs, nutritionists and people pleasers with a shared passion for food that fuels emotional positivity as well as physical wellbeing. In a world where what we consume is becoming ever faster and more disposable, they are proud to take a more thoughtful, mindful approach to the food experiences […]
Broad Street Mall hosts a variety of retailers from nationals, through to a number of small independent retailers. They are key stakeholder in the community and thus are committed to sustaining such relationships.
Ways into Work inspire and support the business community to realise a society where equal opportunities and life chances exist for everyone; their mission is Changing Lives, One Job at a Time.
‘Utulivu’ is a Swahili word for ‘patience’. Utulivu work with women, senior citizens, children and young people with the support of men. Their main focus is to empower in order to integrate into the wider community through activities that promote health, education, wealth creation, healthy familiy relationships, sexual health and cultural awareness. They also provide […]
The Mustard Tree supports and empowers the marginalised or overlooked by enabling social action, creating and supporting projects which address unmet needs, and speaking up for the unheard. Their projects include Starting Point, Engage Befriending and Rahab.