Earley CResCent Resource Centre

Earley CResCent Community Association

User Groups

The encouragement and practical support we received from the CResCent Centre management, staff and volunteers was invaluable in helping us to launch a weekly drop in service here. We were given help and support in publicising our service in the press and through local connections, including the MICe Bus. The Centre itself offers exactly the right environment for such a service as ours. We look forward to continuing our relationship with CResCent, its users, staff and volunteers. It offers excellent facilities and innovative approaches to community engagement, which is clear to see through the diversity of groups using the Centre.

Cliff Haines – Victim Support


ACE really appreciate all the support and help they receive from the CResCent staff and volunteers. We feel very much part of the centre and are aware that there might not have been an ACE, if it hadn’t been for everyone’s help there.

John Adams – ACE (Activity Centre Earley)

We are very grateful to be able to hire facilities at Earley CResCent Resource Centre for the delivery of our X-PERT Diabetes Education courses. The Centre staff have been most welcoming and accommodating, providing a perfect setting for participants to settle in. This is important as it encourages people to complete the courses.

The facilities are excellent and, in particular, accessibility is very easy both inside and outside the building. The location is ideal and our courses fill up quickly. We look forward to continuing this arrangement in the coming year.

 Sharon Kavanagh – X-PERT Diabetes Education


A variety of different organisations have made CResCent their home.

Here are some of our regular user groups….


optalisOptalis – Earley Learning Disability Day Service

The CResCent Resource Centre is home to our Earley Learning Disability Day Service. It runs 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am – 4.00pm on Fridays.

The Day Service offers the opportunity for adults with a learning disability to access a safe environment, where they can meet friends and join in a wide variety of activities, both within the centre and out in the local community.

Our customers enjoy activities such as cooking skills, line dancing, horse riding, IT4U computer sessions, and arts & crafts – just to name a few.

We also integrate with other services across Berkshire, through attending annual events such as; cross country running, football tournaments and a sports day. Our sessions are planned so that each individual can contribute by working at their own level. We also promote independence, making choices, and we welcome input from customers by always listening to their ideas.

If you would like any further information, please contact either Bradleigh Bond, Service Manager at: bradleigh.bond@optalis.org, or Marianne Burgisser, Operational Lead, on 0118 987 2020 or by email: marianne.burgisser@optalis.org




A small, independently registered charity based at the centre. We operate a single 14 seat minibus for the benefit of the local community, and have been in existence since being founded in 1992. All our personnel are unpaid volunteers.

We offer cheap door to door travel to any UK destination of the hirer’s choice, such as local shopping trips, outings to the theatre, places of interest, or the seaside, mainly for the elderly or disabled who are unable to make use of regular methods of transport, or suitable transport does not exist. Also for other members of the community. 76% of our passengers are elderly or disabled.

To find out more, call: 0118 975 7320, email: enquiries@earleybus.org.uk or visit our website: www.earleybus.moonfruit.com 



Crescent Quilters

We are a small, friendly group of quilters who meet here every Monday (9.30am – 12.30pm) to help and encourage one another. There is no tutor.

At present we have a small waiting list, which you are welcome to join.

Contact Ann Marcham on 0118 931 3552 for more information.




‘Activity Centre Earley’ is a social club for people with disabilities that meets at the centre every Tuesday between 1.00pm – 3.00pm. For further details contact Cindy Thompson on 07825 330 171 or by email: aceclub@clutha43.plus.com


NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. Its remit includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England and North Wales. It is also the organ donor organisation for the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs.

NHSBT collects 1.8 million units of blood each year from over 23,000 blood donation sessions in more than 3,000 venues  Hospitals in England and North Wales need around 7,000 units of blood every day to treat patients with a range of health issues.

Only four per cent of the eligible population are active blood donors. In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood.

If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating. For more information or to book an appointment visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.


ZUMBA with Dance Concepts

Zumba is a fun way to combine dance with exercise. Join me to combine the fantastic rhythms of Latin American & international music and dance with a lively, varied and invigorating take on a workout!! Shimmy, shake, wiggle and feel the buzz that Zumba brings!

The course runs at the centre every Monday between 6.00pm – 6.45pm For more information or to book a place, please call Morgan Hemphill on 07934 179 042 or by email: morgannoelle@hotmail.com


Yoga with Francesca Melluzzi.

Classes are held here every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Flow Yoga (6.45pm – 7.45pm). Classes are suited to all ages and abilities, from complete beginners to those who enjoy the gentler and quiet side to the practice.

Ashtanga Yoga (8:00pm – 9:30pm) This class is aimed at those who enjoy a dynamic flowing class, those with an existing practice and motivated beginners.

For more information on either class, please visit www.yogainreading.co.uk or call Francesca on 07813 010 348


Steps ‘n’ Stetsons

We are a friendly club offering Line Dancing classes for beginners, improvers and intermediate dancers during the day (Tuesday) and evening (Wednesday). We also offer weekends away, socials and afternoon tea dances, as well as a Christmas lunch for the daytime classes.

Every year, our members choose a charity to benefit from all our fundraising over the year. With the help of the CResCent Centre, we also recycle a number of items, with the money going to our charity of the year.

We are very lucky to have such a lovely venue with helpful, accomodating staff and volunteers who support our classes and fundraising. Many of the daytime dancers stay on for a coffee and chat in the CResCent Café.

See our website for more info: www.stepsnstetsons.co.uk or alternatively, feel free to call Julie on 0118 961 8450.



Bracknell & Wokingham College (Yoga)

This hatha yoga course is suitable for adults of all ages, abilities and levels of experience, including beginners. The weekly 2-hour sessions include a variety of lying, seated and standing yoga postures and sequences; breathing techniques and relaxation to help you develop strength and flexibility and balance of body and mind. The sessions are taught by an experienced and fully qualified British Wheel of Yoga instructor.

If you would like to try out a session before committing to a 10-week course, please call Chris Robson on 0118 969 5301 or email: chris.robson@bracknell.ac.uk. For more information please visit: www.bracknell.ac.uk/inspirations. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Jonathan Newey (Art Classes and Workshops)

Jonathan Newey is a professional artist who runs art courses and workshops at the centre for beginners and students with some experience in a variety of mediums and subjects.

For more information, please visit: www.jonathannewey.com or call Jonathan on 07947 237 505.


Berkshire Well-Being Programme

The Berkshire Well-Being Programme is available across Berkshire and is funded by Macmillan Cancer Support in conjunction with Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Berkshire NHS Trust.

The Programme is a step-by-step approach to living with and beyond cancer, preparing you and your carer with a range of tools and opportunities that can enhance your recovery and improve your ability to “tackle tomorrow”. We offer a range of tools including; physical activity, health and well-being programmes, psychological support and social support.

For more information, please contact the Well-Being Team on 07799 891 409 or email: hwp-tr.MacmillanWell-Being@nhs.net 

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Berkshire Tai Chi

Berkshire Tai Chi was formed in 1996 by Philip Larsson and Trevor Priest and is now based at the CResCent on a Thursday evening. The School offers regular weekly Tai Chi Chuan classes in Chen Style and Yang Style, with outreach centres in Sonning, Earley, Purley-on-Thames, Theale, Dee Park (West Reading) and Yateley (Hampshire).  It aims to provide a practical balance between health and fitness programmes, and those that place more emphasis on self-defence. 

Since 1999, Philip has been training under the personal guidance of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, 19th generation head of Chen family Tai Chi, and all our instruction is directly influenced by his teachings. In 2002, Philip also began to train under Master Chen Yingjun, one of the so-called “Seven Dragons”, who will take Chen Family Tai Chi forward into the next generation. Berkshire Tai Chi now co-hosts Master Chen on his visits to Berkshire. In 2005, Philip trained in Chenjiagou, the birthplace of Tai Chi, with Grandmaster Chen.

In addition to our weekly classes, we also design and deliver in-company training; special needs programmes, specialist workshops and Tai Chi retreats. Private lessons can also be arranged on request.

For more information or to book a place, contact Philip Larsson on 0118 966 3104 or 07814 969 540. Alternatively, email: info@berkshiretaichi.co.uk or visit our website: www.berkshiretaichi.co.uk.



Reading Meditation Group

The Wrekin Forum, an educational charity established in the 1970’s, is a community network of contemporary spirituality in action. As part of that network, the local Reading Wrekin offer monthly meditation evenings, where a different member of the group leads a group discussion before the meditation.

The guided format includes words from ancient esoteric teachings and is used by many groups worldwide to bring down the energies of Love and Light into the world at the time of the full moon, when the energies are particularly strong. This act of service takes place as near to the full moon as possible.

We are not connected with any specific religion and hold dear the underlying truths fundamental to all spiritual exploration. Anyone is welcome to join us.

For more details and meeting dates, please contact Shirley Barefield on 0118 941 4793.

Alternatively, use these links for more information: www.wrekinforum.org / www.facebook.com/WrekinForumReading


ARC Counselling

This is a Wokingham based charity, which provides a free and confidential counselling service at the centre.

For more information, please visit our website: www.arcweb.org.uk or contact us by phone on 0118 977 6710. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Reading Church of Christ

We are an ordinary group of individuals made up of families, children, youth, couples, elderly and singletons. We are all from different cultures and backgrounds, but with one common belief that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, through and in all (Ephesians 4:4–6).

We believe that the church is an assembly of Christians; that is, people who follow Christ. We study the Bible to learn God’s will for us in all matters. The Bible teaches us how to become a Christian, how to worship Him, how to talk with Him in prayer, how to behave in a way to serve God, and how to treat those around us. The Bible teaches us everything we need to know in order to live a godly life.

The group meets here every Sunday. For more information, please contact Derek Stevenson on 07748 778 322 or visit our website: www.readingchurchofchrist.org.uk


British Wheel of Yoga 

Tutored by Margaret Manning, British Wheel of Yoga Dip. Traditional Yoga Association Dip. Birthlight – Level 3.

Hatha Yoga Group (Monday Evenings)

Yoga helps students in many ways. Some come for physical exercise, some to reduce stress levels, some find it helpful to reduce or give up a bad habit. Classes end with a period of relaxation and the benefits of all those things have an impact on students’ lives.

Pregnancy Yoga Group (Saturday Mornings)

Classes are specific for enabling a student to dispel fear and anxiety during pregnancy, whilst at the same time keeping the physical body in good health.    

To enquire further about our classes, please call Margaret on 0118 987 2368 or visit the website: margaretmanningyoga.co.uk


Reading Bowel Cancer Support Group

The group provides support to patients and their family and friends going through treatment for bowel cancer. We meet at the centre on the third Tuesday of every month between 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

We also promote the NHS bowel cancer bi-annual screening programme for 60 -70 year olds by providing stalls at local events and giving talks to other groups.

For more information, contact Chairman, Ted Wingrove on 0118 961 8297 or email: ted.wingrove@ntlworld.comOur Treasurer Alan Fennell can also be contacted via email: alanne.fennell@btinternet.com.



Value Learning

Value Learning provides extra tuition to help primary school pupils improve in Maths & English. Our booster classes for years 4 to 6 are designed to complement the National curriculum by first “filling in the gaps” and assisting pupils in developing confidence.

Many of our pupils have make excellent progress and achieve higher than their targets in school as a result of attending Value Learning tuition classes. In addition, we offer FREE homework support to school children in the community.

Value Learning also provides

  • 11+ preparation courses in the Reading area to help pupils prepare for Grammar school.
  • Key Stage 2 SATS examinations in English and Maths
  • Key Stage 3 and GCSE Maths

Our overall aim is to inspire children to reach their full potential.

For more information, please call Temi Joseph on 0118 931 1186 / 07534 683 605 or via email: info@valuelearning.co.uk

Alternatively, please visit our website: www.valuelearning.co.uk



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