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The Giving Tree 2017

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The Giving Tree Appeal 2017 has launched! This is a chance for the wonderful people of Reading to show their generosity and help local vulnerable, sick and disadvantaged children by buying them a gift this Christmas. or making a donation to the appeal via www.mydonate.bt.com/events/givingtree2017 For some children, a gift from the annual appeal (which is now in its 21st year) may be the only present they have to open on Christmas Day....

Reading Street Exhibition to mark World Homeless Day Tuesday 10th October 2017

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A group of Reading’s charities, community organisations and Council commissioned services are joining forces on the 10th October 2017 in a street campaign to mark World Homeless Day – a world annual event drawing attention to the needs of local homeless people and providing opportunities for communities to help them.  Reading’s charities, community organisations and Council commissioned services - with support from Connect...

Reading RESCUE - Friday 13th October 2017

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Come and join us for Reading RESCUE on Friday 13th October - we need you and your employees to come and help with the biggest clean-up event in Reading! We clean up parks, streets and open spaces in a weekend of transformation with volunteers from business and the community. In March this year, we were joined by over 100 volunteers from local businesses and collected 231 bags of rubbish!Let us know if you would like to take part - we...

Pride of Reading 2017 - Nomination for Active Facilities Management for 'Business in Action'

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One of Connect Reading's business members - Active Facilities Management - has just been nominated for a Business in Action Award for Pride of Reading 2017! Managing Director Adrian Powell said:  “I was surprised and shocked to receive the nomination from Home-Start. We want all our staff to feel proud of the company and its efforts to improve our community. But it makes you realise that a project - which we see as small, and one...

The Connect Reading ‘Eggscellent’ Easter Appeal 2017 - UPDATE

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With your help, Connect Reading cracked it this Easter! Reading came into its own again this Easter and showed their usual generosity. With the help of the you, the local community and 11 of their business members, Connect Reading and friends delivered over 1300 Easter eggs to 9 charities and organisations around Reading. Thames Water collected an Egg-straordinary 466 eggs, followed closely by Pepsico, Quintiles IMS and Kyocera Document...

Giving Tree

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                                                                                             UPDATED 15th Nov 2017 The Giving Tree Appeal 2017 has launched! This is a chance for the wonderful people of Reading to...

Tree sculpture gifted to local school

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Little Heath School are the lucky new owners of a 3 metre-high sculpture from UBS Asset Management. The sculpture created by Barbara Franc was previous hosted in the Imperium Building in South Reading and UBS Asset Management sought a new home and approached Connect Reading local business community partnership to help find a suitable partner to gift it to.  The sculpture now featured in the schools’ new art block is a tree with a...

Business leaders' talk about the future of Reading

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A group of business leaders met to discuss their thoughts on the future growth of Reading in July.    The meeting attended by Connect Reading patron Sir John Madejski, discussed important areas about Reading's sustainable economic growth.     Topics covered included our schools, college and the University, real estate development, Brexit, Reading Gaol, and political and business leadership in the town.   ...

Reading RESCUE

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Reading RESCUE is the biggest clean-up event in Reading. We clean up parks, streets and open spaces in a weekend of transformation with hundreds of volunteers from business and the community. Connect Reading has been organising Reading RESCUE since 2008, in partnership with Thames Water (and previously Reading Borough Council, and Oxford Road Community Garden). In March 2017, an army of more than 70 business volunteers helped clean up...

Skilled Volunteering Forum

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Skilled Volunteering was the topic of our last forum held in June which was hosted and sponsored by Holiday Inn Reading South.  The forum included presentations from two different partnerships which Connect Reading had created for the community and businesses involved to grow and work together, both now and in the future.    The forum gave the opportunity to our business members to network and gain a better understanding of how...
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