22nd March 2016
We are a registered charity and membership organisation that operates in the Greater Reading area, creating, facilitating and brokering business engagement and support to benefit the local community. We make it easy for businesses to engage in CSR and community investment projects to ensure local support for local need.
Since our launch in 2003 we have brokered over £1,797,000 cash equivalent value into the community. This has consisted of team challenges and group volunteering, skilled individual volunteering, redundant resource donations, in-kind use of business resources and sponsorship of local projects.
Our members include multinational corporations such as BG Group, Oracle Corporation and Thames Water as well as SMEs and sole traders such as Article 10 Design and CBS.
“Partnering with Connect Reading helps us deliver our community engagement strategy in an efficient way with maximum local impact.”
"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."
"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."
"I would absolutely recommend Connect Reading; the organisation from start to finish was again extremely good....It ran completely smoothly from start to finish so we are looking forward to doing the next one."
We aim to make the Greater Reading area a better place for everyone. We work closely with the voluntary, community and public sectors to understand the needs of the community and create innovative ways that business and their employees can get involved in. This relates to social, economic and environmental issues.