Web Designer and Developer, David Wickstead, set up Wicko Design in 2007. Initially based in Windsor; David moved the business to Kidmore End near Reading and Henley-on-Thames in the South East of England. Specialising in e-commerce, web design and maintenance, Wicko Design ensure your website functions fully, leading to a greater return on your investment. […]
The aim of Aspire2 is to deliver rich experiences to help children and young people in Whitley to realise their aspirations, improve self-esteem, develop self-awareness, resilience and have FUN. We work directly with schools and the community, and alongside many other organisations to enable children to take part in activities including outdoor education, cultural and […]
Acclaro supports organisations on their environmental, social, and governance journeys, and help them achieve zero carbon. They do this by helping their clients address their business operations, putting purpose over profit, their community impact, and their energy management.
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 […]
Claire helps frustrated, unfulfilled professionals to do work they really love through bespoke coaching, mentoring and online workshops. Claire is a qualified Life & Career Coach and Mentor for Coaches in Training. She is also an Associate Coach for Career Point and Genius Within CIC. Claire is a mum to two, a former Occupational Therapist […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 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!
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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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.
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A local school for the local community, The Wren School‘s main goal is not only to educate the children but to empower and inspire them to ensure they are equipped for the future.
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.
At the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, and through their Day Services in Newbury and Wokingham, the hospice look after people living with life-limiting conditions, and offers support for families too, providing expert care and support across Berkshire.
Stepping Forward work to protect and ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all people who have disabilities. They do this by: Supporting individuals and families affected by disability to access services, recreational activities, education, employment and all forms of learning; Promoting the involvement and participation of individuals and families […]
Smart Works Reading opened in October 2015 with a vision of bringing the dressing and interview coaching service to women within the Thames Valley. Over 1 in 2 of their clients in Reading go to succeed at their job interview.
Shift Youth & Community (SYC) base themselves in local communities and work with churches, schools and other agencies to provide the best opportunities for young people and communities to find their purpose and their voice.
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) exists to promote and support the individuals and groups who make up our diverse voluntary and community sector. They work to: Connect communities in Reading Improve the lives of young people and families Support the voluntary sector to grow and thrive Encourage volunteering and social action
Reading Rep Theatre are Reading’s resident professional theatre. The company combines high-class productions with ground-breaking education and community engagement to help transform Reading and the surrounding area’s cultural landscape. Reading Rep: Produces diverse new voices on the stage. Working with new directors, new playwrights and new practitioners, we present plays from classics to new writing, revivals […]
Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) help refugees and asulym seekers in Berkshire rebuild their lives through advice, education and integration support.
Reading Lions are a local group of volunteers who aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the Reading community by improving the local environment, helping individuals in times of need, supporting Reading based community groups and local charities.
Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) offer a programme of outreach activities, free training classes, workshops, a creche and social opportunities which are designed to build confidence, increase skills and reduce the social isolation of local BAME women.
Reading Association for the Blind (RAB) work to enable sight-impaired people to live full and active lives by providing the opportunity to take part in activities that they may otherwise not be able to.
Reading Advice Network (RAN) is an umbrella organisation that brings together and supports organisations providing the public with Information and Advice, in Reading (Berkshire, UK) and surrounding area. They promote excellence through ensuring their Members achieve quality standards and share their good practice. They signpost those who may need information and offer advice to Members. By working with their Members, as well […]
Progress Theatre are a self-governing, self-funding theatre group committed to promoting education in the performing arts as well as producing a programme of varied, interesting and challenging drama to the highest standard.
Parenting Special Children’s mission is to provide specialist parenting support to parents and carers of children and young people with Special Needs, so that they can create positive change in their lives.
PACT is dedicated to supporting our families through the lifetime of the adoption journey. They are one of the UK’s leading independent adoption charities, placing children with secure and loving families and supporting them with specialist therapeutic support. They also run community projects supporting vulnerable children and adults facing a range of issues including domestic […]
Nature Nurture is an award winning community organisation, enabling people to connect with wild spaces. They are constantly imagining new and playful ways to deliver on their mission, working across the arts, conservation, wellbeing, heritage, and education sectors to provide interventions for urban dwellers from all backgrounds. They are dedicated to inclusion and focus much […]
Me2 Club enables children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, aged 5-19, in the Wokingham and Reading Boroughs, to attend mainstream activities. They do this by recruiting, training and developing volunteers to provide 1:1 (2:1 when required) support to the young people at an activity of their choice, from uniformed groups such as […]
Make-A-Wish create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Whether it’s starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a bedroom makeover; wishes are varied, personal and life-changing. They go above and beyond to grant amazing wishes to very amazing children; their One True […]
Launchpad is Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, providing vital information and support for individuals, couples and families who don’t have a stable place to live or are at risk of losing their home.
With the help of local donations and long term funders such as the Big Lottery, Henry Smith, Reading CCGs and Children in Need, Home-Start Reading help prevent crisis within Reading based families, by offering free face-to-face long-term support.
Green Health Thames Valley provides support for clients with mental health difficulties through a tailored programme of horticulture-based programmes and activities – broadly described as horticultural therapy.
Geoffrey Field Infant School are a large infant school situated within a diverse community in the south of Reading. The school is set in extensive and attractive grounds, giving the pupils plenty of space to learn and play. Each year group benefits from its own dedicated outdoor teaching and learning area.
A community based project for local residents, Food4families aims to enable individuals to manage land in their own neighbourhoods for the sustainable growing of food.
The Elizabeth Fry Charity provide support to women, mostly on licence from prison, who have a range of complex needs. Through their work, they help women to begin to address the issues they face, to improve their lives and reduce the likelihood of further offending.
A charity with the main purpose to deliever life changing support to children under 5, who have additional needs and disabilities, as well as supporting their families. Dingley’s Promise do this through providing learning through play, advice and family support and training
A faith motivated charity, Communicare offer non-judgemental, free advice on a range of different topics including housing and benefits.
Chemogiftbags are a small charity covering the Thames Valley area. They exist to support ladies and gents undergoing chemotherapy for Breast Cancer by providing e provide a thoughtful little ‘something’ for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
CCA provide for those in need through recycling donations of furniture, clothing and household goods. In addition, they support those with social, mental health, addiction or other issues who are looking to get back into paid employment, through work placements.
Brookfields School is part of West Berkshire Local Authority offering a personalised education and support to pupils with learning difficulties and additional needs.
Berkshire Youth work with a range of partners, including Parish Councils, to ensure the most hard to reach young people are able to access support and services when they most need them. Their mission is: ‘To be the champion of young people in Berkshire, furthering their development and education and enriching their lives through leisure […]
Berkshire Vision provide vital practical and friendly support, sport and activities to visually impaired children and adults, and their families in Berkshire. Helping to develop confidence and live independent lives safely.
Berkshire Credit Union are a traditional community credit union, offering ethical savings and affordable loans to their members. They are a co-operative, social enterprise, owned, managed and run by members and volunteers.
A local charity working in the community to support older people, their families and carers, Age UK Reading offer services and activities such as advice, footcare, befriending & social clubs. They want everyone to be able to love later life.
Britannia Pharmaceuticals specialise in innovative products for chronic and serious medical conditions, and in particular, the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. For more than 30 years, they have invested in clinical trials, pioneering research and the development of patient-friendly therapy administration.
As the world transitions to a new normal, Wipro is empowering a more resilient future for customers and communities. From building more adaptive “business-anywhere” frameworks to advanced technologies that fuel the intelligent enterprise, Wipro helps businesses thrive in a world defined by disruption and fueled by transformative technology.
Active Workplace Solutions are a business with many years in the office interiors industry, their team has the skills and dedication to provide a business with the environment best suited to their needs. Whether an organisation need a new office design, an office fit out service, or help like to relocate and find a new […]
Unlock Your Wellbeing provide solutions for workplace wellbeing through creating productive work communities, education about mental health and providing organisations with great training.
Adviza are a charity that work to inspire young people and others to make better decisions during crucial times in their lives. Overall, helping people progress in their learning and work; through partnerships with local schools and creating resources and programmes for individuals.
ABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children to read) help to transform the lives of children who are struggling to read at primary schools across Berkshire. Their volunteer reading mentors work one-to-one with children, to build their confidence and reading skills.