EVENTS

EVENTS

The giving tree

Our Christmas campaign

Through The Giving Tree, our annual Christmas Campaign, our members and the general public help charities to give gifts to those they support.

Our 2020 campaign looked a little different and we took The Giving Tree online. Through online donations, support from local businesses we were able to give 1,500 gifts. To read more about our 2020 campaign,  click here.

Our 2021 campaign will be launching on 15th November 2021. Get in touch if you’d like to get involved or head to our Giving Page below for more info (or to be one of the first to donate!)

Each year we work with our partners who ask the children they support what they’d really like for Christmas. You then have the opportunity to give a gift you know the recipient actually  will really love!

As a charity member you can request gifts for the children and young people you work with. As a business member you can host a tree so your employees and visitors can take part. We also host two public trees in the Broad Street Mall and Oracle Shopping Centre and a donations page online so that the whole Reading community can join in!

For more info email: givingtree@connectreading.co.uk

Reading rescue

Environmental Clean-up

An opportunity to get out of the office and clean up our local environment together! Our Reading Rescue events happen twice a year and are sponsored by Thames Water.

Clean up teams are provided with litter pickers, gloves, bags and (crucially!) a scheduled rubbish collection to take-away what’s been found. You can read a previous RESCUE event here.

Our most recent event was 3rd – 9th May 2021. Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page for more info about future events.

If you’d like to start litter picking in your local area then check out Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS). 

WHY TAKE PART?

The Community Investment Co-ordinator at Thames Water says, ‘we’re always proud to sponsor and take part in Reading Rescue. It’s a great community event which really makes a difference to the town….ultimately making Reading a better place to live and work.’

Easter egg Appeal

Think tinder meets kinder surprise

An opportunity for our business members to gift Easter eggs to disadvantaged children, young people and people in need in Reading. A bit like a match-making service, our members let us know if they’d like to receive or donate Easter eggs or and we connect them with one another! 

Through our 2021 Easter Egg Appeal we were able to help  15 local businesses donate over 1,200 eggs to 18 charities!

What a great opportunity four our members to provide practical, fun support for a charity within our local community!

EVENTS FOR MEMBERS

Networking opportunities

Our events provide a networking opportunity for members, as well as the chance to hear from inspirational speakers and share best practice. The meetings are hosted online or in venues around Reading. Past themes have included The Challenge of Climate Change, Marketing to Millennials, and Connection, Care and Creativity in a Time of Crisis.

Dates for our monthly member networking for 2021 are:

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