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We've reached and excedeed our target £1,500,000 of in-kind support! 

Here at Connect Reading we have been working hard with you to reach £1.5 million of in kind support!

We are pleased to announce that with your help through team challenges and donations of unwanted items we have exceded the £1,500,000 target. We would like to thank all of the businesses that have contributed over the years to this amazing acheivement. This figure represents the financial value of what has been given back to our Reading community, however we also know that there are so many heartfelt thank-you's from charities and community groups in our town that can't be quantified in numbers. The impact is truly amazing. Please continue to support us and spread the word to other businesses about Connect Reading and the imapct we can make together. 

Upcoming Events

11 March 2015
Our last forum was held on Wednesday 11 March 2015 sponsored by the Crowne Plaza.    We heard about important changes to public sector procurement with the introduction of the Social Value...

What our members say about us...

"Connect Reading has facilitated what we have done in regards to supporting local charities and it has helped us think in that way. It has given us the roots to doing what we are doing now. Our engagement with Connect Reading has meant that we can do this furniture re-use scheme which has put us in touch with local charities that will benefit. If we did not have that root network then we would not necessarily be doing that. So I think it has definitely made us think slightly different. It is more than just a certificate on the wall; it has got more meaning and depth."

Adrian Powell, Director of Active FM 


“Partnering with Connect Reading helps us deliver our community engagement strategy in an efficient way with maximum local impact.” 

Tracey Rawling Church, Head of CSR, KYOCERA


"Connect Reading is a fantastic resource linking the public sector, the private sector and charities together. I think that they are a fantastic organisation, they are so easy to contact, so supportive and they offer a fabulous service."

Ian Caren, CEO Launchpad


"It has been a real help to use Connect Reading as the eyes of the community and to tell us what the needs of the community are so that we know we are providing our services in the right place." 

Jessica Woodall, HR Officer at Hilton Reading


"I would absolutely recommend Connect Reading; the organisation from start to finish was again extremely good. Our relationship manager, Holly was superb all the way out liaising between us and the project volunteers and also in organising the photo opportunity and press release afterwards. It ran completely smoothly from start to finish so we are looking forward to doing the next one." 

Simon Rowland, Relationship Director, Santander


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