Market garden project


 Brookfields School wanted to find a partner for their market garden project. Connect Reading linked them up with Visa and a long-term partnership was created!
As part of Visa’s global volunteering month in June 2021, Visa organised a virtual event with Brookfields School. They have also have donated £1,500 to Brookfield’s Market Garden project and committed to continued support of this project.

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Finding handwash a good home

14 charity members clean up

At the height of the pandemic, when antibacterial handwash was in high demand, Connect Reading leapt into action when Reading UK CIC got in touch to ask if we could help re-distribute 1,500 bottles of the stuff!
Thanks to the team from Network Rail and Interserve at Reading Railway Station, and multiple (very full) car journeys, we were able to re-distribute the soap to 14 of our charity members.

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Saving furniture from landfill


A Reading-based tech company did not compromise on their sustainability values in their office move. With a complete overhaul of their new office in process, the company found themselves with a lot of redundant furniture in need of a home. Enter Connect Reading and their network of local organisations. Armed with sticky labels and a room full of furniture, six Connect Reading non-profit members were given the opportunity to lay claim to items that would be beneficial to their organisation. Desks, tables, chairs and much more found residency in their new homes and the giving did not stop there. After a quick word with the landlord, the tech company defied the age-old idiom by donating everything, including the kitchen sink, which, alongside the rest of the kitchen went to a local charity! 

Local Hotel 
Team CHallenge


A Reading hotel embarked on an alternative style of challenge to help battle over 50s isolation. Having been provided with a shortlist of potential Team Challenge opportunities, the hotel decided upon a local community centre as a rewarding experience for their employees and the community. The community centre’s over 50’s Club provides a caring and compassionate environment for local older people who struggle with or are facing isolation in the community. Visitors can spend their lunch at the centre or engage in fun and sociable activities and gatherings. The hotel employees joined the club’s attendees for an afternoon of tea, biscuits and bingo. The team chatted with the visitors before presenting an industrial sized fish pie for lunch, which had amusing difficulties fitting in the club’s oven! After lunch, games were played and the bingo began. Competition was fierce as the visitors played for a meal for four, kindly donated by the hotel as a prize.

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