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What’s on in the community!

Support and opportunities from our partners in the Reading Area

Monday Club – Saint Laurence Church

Monday Club is a relaxed, friendly space for young people. Here you’ll find opportunities to build relationships with people of a similar age and stage and with their lovely adult team. There are plenty of things to get involved in, from PS4, pool and table tennis to board games and crafts or just a relaxed space to sit, chat and unwind after school! This is also a great place to hear about other activities you could be involved in and any trips or events during school holidays.

If you feel a bit nervous about just showing up do
feel free to ping Megan, youth worker, megan@stlreading.org, an email beforehand to introduce yourself and find out a bit more!

When: Every Monday in Term Time, 4-5:30 pm

Where: Saint Laurence Church, Friar Street, Reading, RG1 3EJ

Jelly

Jelly is an energetic charity championing the creative arts. They have played a strategic role in Reading’s cultural life since 1993 – enabling art to appear in unexpected places and creating opportunities for people to look on and join in.

Jelly offer various creative opportunities and monthly clubs you can take part in such as Family Art Clubs, Young Creatives Group, Social Sewing Sessions and more!

View all their current creative sessions and groups here

Creative Mindfulness for Teens

Join Libby from Magpie and the Mob to practice meditation and mindfulness in a different way. Perfect if you struggle with a particularly active brain, you will be guided through a series of practices to help you focus and relax.

Libby is a qualified secondary Art Teacher and has found that by combining meditation and drawing techniques, it can give you something to focus on and help you quiet those racing thoughts.

All abilities are welcome, whether you consider yourself creative or not, and whether you practice meditation or not.

Each week you will go through a series of practices to help:

  • Support good mental health
  • Stress management
  • Learn mindfulness techniques to support brain health
  • Relaxation

Age: 12-18

Where:

Sessions will take place at Newbury Library in the Carnegie Lounge (upstairs).

When:

From 3.45-4.45pm on Wednesdays:

February: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

March: 13th, 20th, 27th

April: 3rd

How to book:

Classes can be booked as one-off sessions or a series, they are delivered as individual classes rather than a course. Each session will be different though, so you can book onto as many as you wish.

A parent/guardian must complete & submit the registration form on the EduCafe website

The sessions are free but we welcome a suggested donation of £5 per teen, for those who feel able to contribute

 

Spring Wellness Workshops with Together UK Reading

This Spring, Together UK Reading, alongside local creative practitioners, are running a series of free creative workshops to help you support your mental health and wellbeing. View their flyer to find out more!

Age: 18+

When: 16th November – 25th April

Time: Thursday’s at 12-1:30 and 2:30-4:00

Where: Reading Library

How to book: Please email wintersupport@together-uk.org

 

Beam Wellbeing

Beam Wellbeing delivers 1:1 and group work Drawing and Talking sessions in many local primary schools in and around Caversham for young people aged 5+.

These gentle, child-led sessions enable children to explore their inner world using drawing, helping them to express emotions they cannot always access using words alone.

A safe space is created using the Beam Wellbeing value of consistency: ‘same time, same day, same place, same face’.

Details and free consultations bookable at:  www.beamwellbeing.com

 

Drumming for Wellbeing

Berkshire Wellness Circle run two weekly drumming for wellbeing groups for anyone aged 18+. The sessions free to attend with a voluntary payment suggestion of £5.

Find out more and book onto a session here!

 

Sport in Mind 

Sport in Mind delivers fun sport and physical activity programmes for Adults (17+) and Young People (9-16 years).
Their sessions are relaxed drop-in sessions, where you can take part for as little or as long as you like… and most importantly you don’t have to be super sporty or super fit!

Find out more and sign up below:

Summer Activity Sessions 
9-16 sessions
17+ sessions

Soulscape – The Lounge

Soulscape run safe spaces for young people in secondary schools in Wokingham and Reading. The safe space provides the opportunity for young people to process, reflect, be listened to and supported through tools and coping strategies.

The Emmbrook, Wokingham
Monday’s 1.25pm-1.55pm Year 7
Thursday’s 1.25pm-1.55pm Year 9
Friday’s 12.20pm-12.50pm Year 8

Bohunt Wokingham, Arborfield
Tuesday’s 1.05pm-1.40pm Years 7,8 and 9
Wednesday’s 1.05pm-1.40pm Years 10 and 11

St Crispins, Wokingham
Wednesday’s 12pm-12.45pm Year 7

Oakbank, Reading
Tuesday’s 1.20pm-2pm Year 7 and 8

 

 Hub – Starting Point

Starting Point run a weekly drop in session, called the Hub, run by their mentors and staff team, for young people aged 11-17 and 18-25.

The sessions are led by young people and include opportunities to play UNO, video games, and take part creative art activities. During the 18-25’s sessions, there will also be opportunities to take part in workshops to support young people who are NEET.

11-17: Tuesday’s at 4pm

18-25: Wednesday’s at 12pm

Location: 4 Sackville St, Reading RG1 1NT.

For more information, please email startingpoint@themustardtree.org

 

Grassrootz Youth Clubs

Grassrootz have 2 drop in Youth Clubs in the Reading area, one in Caversham and one in Coley:

  • Every Monday 6pm -7:15pm for ages 7-11 and 7:30-pm for ages 11-16 at Hexham Road Community Centre – free
  • Every Tuesday 7pm – 8:30pm for ages 11-16 at The Milestone Centre, Northbrook Road, Caversham Park Village, RG4 6PF – £3 entry
  • Every Friday 6pm – 7:30pm for ages 8-11 years and 8pm – 9:30pm for ages 11-16 years at The Coley Park Community Centre, 140 Wensley Road, Coley RG1 6DW – £2 entry

 

Brighter Futures for Children – Youth Clubs

Brighter Futures for Children run free youth clubs in various locations in Reading.

Click your nearest location below for more information:

Southcote Youth Club – Monday

Hexham Youth Club – Wednesday

Lyndhurst (Tilehurst) Youth Club – Thursday

 

The Gate Youth Group Sessions

Tilehurst, Wednesdays, 7 – 8:30pm, year 7 – 13 – for location and more information email youthprojects.gate@gmail.com
Sindlesham, Fridays, 7 – 8:30pm, year 7 – 11 – for location and more information email youthprojects.gate@gmail.com

Sync Youth Club – Grace Church Caversham

SYNC is an event for youth in secondary school years 7-11.

Cost: £2 (on entry)

SYNC was started in February 2017 to create a place for young people where they can connect to each other, connect to great role models and connect to the Christian faith.

It runs every other Friday during term time and it offers three different rooms catering to different young people.

Follow their Instagram to find out more!

 

BYTE (Big Youth Thursday Evenings)

A free youth group for secondary school aged young people (Yr 7-11), at Greyfriars Church in Reading every Thursday evening in term time. Doors open at 7pm, and finish at 9pm.
There is craft, music, games and a tuck shop – also a great chance to get to know other people in a fun environment. They are a Christian group and give space to allow young people to explore faith together through a short talk and songs. You do not need to be a Christian to join in though!There are also often other events – Over the summer we’ll be doing some local kayaking trips…For more information, please contact Dan (dan.bright@greyfriars.org.uk) or Abi (abi.ord@greyfriars.org.uk)Click here to go to their website for more details

Eleven Seventeen – South Hill Park 

A free youth club and arts workshop for creative young people aged 11-17, where you can learn a new skill, meet friends and have fun!
Eleven Seventeen runs twice a week at the below dates and times Click on your preferred location for full timetables and how to attend!
Friday 13th Jan – Fri 24th March – 7:00-8:30pm at South Hill Park
Saturday 14th Jan- Sat 25th March – 11:00am-12:30pm at Bracknell Library

Berkshire Youth

Youth clubs and activities, including youth workers in the community, in the Berkshire area! Covering Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Bracknell and Slough.

Launchpad

Launchpad can help support you with any housing issue’s at their free drop-in service!

New Meaning Berkshire

New Meaning provide further education in Berkshire for post sixteens as well as training and work experience for people with an EHCP. Their aim is to help young people to make progress with their learning and feel inspired about their future, becoming either work-ready or taking their learning journey onto the next step.

 

Job Club – Graft 

Graft have re-opened their job club which supports people with their applications online, and also give advice on CVs, interviews and more!
It runs every week in term time at 84 Queens Road, Reading, RG1 4BW are on the following days:
Tuesdays 10:30-12:30
Thursdays 1:30-3:30

 

First Days  

First Days support children, young people and their families by distributing school uniforms, travel items, toiletries, furniture, new baby essentials, toys, books and safety equipment.

Find out more

 

Roundabout UK

Roundabout UK aims to reduce loneliness and isolation in the LGBTQ+ community through its location-based app looking at showing friendly organisations. This includes any org that supports the LGBTQ+ community not just LGBTQ+ focused orgs like prides but many other services such as sports teams, artists, performers and much more.

 Berkshire Unicorns RFC

The Unicorns are a team that is open to all (who are 18+) regardless of experience level, including those that have never even held a rugby ball. We provide developmental training for new players, offering guidance and support on basic skills through to becoming game day ready. There is also no barrier to entry for those who do not wish to take part in contact rugby as we also run a mixed touch rugby team and offer fitness only sessions. We also have a group of dedicated supporters and importantly a full social calendar! More info here

Reachout Youth Club

Weekly youth club for all LGBTQ+ young people aged 13-18 in Reading. Wednesday’s at 6:30, email reachout@brighterfuturesforchildren.org for more info!

SupportU 

A Leading LGBT+ help and support service based in Reading, servicing the Thames Valley Area. They offer a counselling service, hate crime reporting, domestic and sexual abuse support and a helpline. Find out more here!

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