What’s on?

Alana House Reading is a holistic hub where women can access support from different agencies in a friendly, safe, trauma-informed environment. Agencies we work closely with include Change, Grow, Live drug and alcohol service, CommuniCare, which provides welfare rights advice, and Reading Borough Council which runs parenting classes.

The Alana House team work with a variety of other partnership agencies to provide a diverse programme of activities, which are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Due to the frequent changes in restrictions, we may need to adapt the way we deliver some of our activities depending on government guidelines at the time. There will be specific processes in place to ensure groups stay Covid-secure.

All groups listed below are now taking place in person at Alana House unless stated otherwise. To find out more or book onto any of these groups, call Alana House at 0118 921 7640, email alana.house@pactcharity.org or contact your support worker.

 

What's On - October 2021

Baking group

Learn to bake with Javairia as she teaches you new recipes and shares cooking tips. Women need to complete L1 Food Hygiene to attend.

Mondays 10am-12pm

Job Skills

A six-week course to improve your skills and get back to work.

Mondays 10am-12pm from 1st November to 6th December

Money Matters

Facilitated by the Samaritans. Information and skills to help you manage your money, reducing a major cause of stress.

Mondays 1pm-2.30pm on 1st, 8th and 15th November

Sewing with Jan

Learn to sew with Jan - all abilities are welcome.

Tuesdays 10am-12pm from 14th September to 19th October

Walking Group

Join us for a weekly group walk, always starting at Alana House - all are welcome!

Tuesdays 11am-12pm

English with Jan

Improve your English vocabulary and grammar with our experienced volunteer Jan.

Tuesdays 12.30pm-2.30pm from 14th September to 19th October

Community Café

Come and attend the café, or take the opportunity to train in barista skills, customer service skills and food hygiene. Find out more about the café here. Please contact Alana House or speak to your support worker to book, or follow our Facebook page for updates. Please do not come to the café without a booking as we cannot safely let you in due to limited numbers.

Tuesdays 12.30pm-2.30pm

Parenting

Will explore positively building on our childhood experiences. Facilitated by Brighter Futures for Children.

Wednesdays 10am-12pm from 6th October to 15th December (excluding 27th October)

Healing Trauma

A six-week course focusing on recovering from trauma and adverse experiences, learning new strategies and techniques to help you feel grounded and safe. Please contact the Alana House team for more information.

Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.30pm starting 3rd November for six weeks

Pilates with Sarah

Build flexibility, muscle tone and core strength in a relaxed environment.

Wednesdays 1pm-2pm from 1st September to 20th October

Futsal

Nicole’s Futsal Finesse training sessions include activities like walking futsal and fun games with music. You do not need to be a sports player to join; all abilities, personalities and people are welcome. Taking place at The Warehouse (Cemetery Junction) - please let a support worker know if you would like to attend but need support getting to the venue.

Thursdays 10am-11am at The Warehouse (Cemetery Junction) from 2nd September to 7th October

Community Café

Come and attend the café, or take the opportunity to train in barista skills, customer service skills and food hygiene. Find out more about the café here. Please contact Alana House or speak to your support worker to book, or follow our Facebook page for updates. Please do not come to the café without a booking as we cannot safely let you in due to limited numbers.

Thursdays 10am-12pm

Reading Reps Workshop

Facilitated by local theatre Reading Reps. Through exploring creative writing, drama and other artistic means, you will have the opportunity to display what you have worked on. Includes a trip to see the play DORIAN, a contemporary telling of Oscar Wilde’s ‘A Picture of Dorian Grey’.

Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm from 7th October to 28th October

Change Grow Live Women’s Alcohol and Drug Support Group

A women-only drug and alcohol support group run by CGL.

Thursdays 12.30pm-2pm

Moving Onto Independent Living

Develop the skills and confidence to live independently, with topics such as community connections, housing and budgeting.

Fridays 12.30pm-2.30pm starting 15th October

More information

Crèche available for under 5s

Available on Wednesdays. Places are limited. Please call 01189 217640 to book a place in advance. More information below.

Healthy eating workshop

We will be offering healthy eating workshops, focusing on cooking healthy meals on a budget with our volunteer Debby. This will run in October and November

Service user representatives

We would like to train more service users to become service user representatives. This is a role where you can support staff to help other women feel welcome at Alana House and engage with the service. You will receive training for this and be able to develop new skills. If this is something you are interested please contact the Alana House team.

 

See more:

→ Alana House online exhibition

→ Job skills programme

→ Alana House Community Cafe

→ Love Me Love Life

 

 

Crèche

In normal circumstances, Alana House Reading also provides a crèche facility, accommodating children up to the age of five years. The crèche is currently available on Wednesdays, dependant on needs. For more information please call the team on 0118 921 7640 or email alana.house@pactcharity.org 

The crèche provides children with somewhere stimulating and safe to play and be cared for whilst their mother utilises the other facilities at Alana House. It is staffed by qualified NVQ early years practitioners who work with each child on an individual basis. The crèche is free of charge for women registered with Alana House. Please call in advance to check opening hours and availability.