Developing our service to the people of Reading
In October 2014 Reading Central Salvation Army appointed its first Community Development Manager. September 2016 saw the appointment of Matthew Stone to this position. Since taking on role, Matthew has been exploring the different ways in which we might be able to develop and extend our community programme and outreach, whilst also taking responsibility for the centre management.
Our current programme includes a number of regular, weekly activities held on site, as well as special events and appeals throughout the year. Weekly activities can be found in the "What′s on" section of this website and includes groups for parents and toddlers, children and young people as well as older people. We are keen to develop a programme of activities so that everyone has the opportunity to belong and get involved so please get in touch for more information about what′s available for you.
Throughout the year we move beyond our centre for different events such as the Reading Festival − where we have been involved for over 40 years − or you may have seen our brass band in Broad Street or the Oracle. At Christmas, all the money raised by the general public who kindly put a penny or two in our collecting boxes is used to fund our Christmas Hamper Appeal. In 2016, this appeal provided more than 800 hampers which provided enough food for just under 4000 local people who find Christmas difficult for whatever reason. The hamper includes everything you need for your Christmas Day lunch plus all the extra sweets, biscuits and cakes to get you through the rest of the day! However, we are not content to stop there! For more information about our expanding community outreach please pop-in and see us or send us an email, (link to email)
The third part of Matthew′s role is managing our church and community centre which includes hall hire. We currently enjoy working in partnership with various organisations that use our building for a variety of activities. The list of support provided on site through different hall users is growing! For more information about the spaces available on site please see the "Room Hire" part of our website.
Matthew′s role is all about cultivating an environment in which the people of Reading, in all their different situations and walks−of−life, can find a space where they belong. If you have any suggestions on how we can continue or improve our service, Matthew will be pleased to hear from you!