Reading Roadrunners' Charity of The Year 2018
No5 Counselling

Charity Coordinator, Kerry Eastwood:
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Who we are
No5 has been supporting children and young people in Reading and the surrounding area since 1971. We are a community- based organisation with all counselling sessions provided by fully trained volunteer counsellors. There are currently 28 counsellors offering over 80 sessions, five days a week. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds but all share a commitment to supporting children and young people.

Formally No5 is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission (No. 1171313).

Our Purpose, Vision, Outcomes and Values have all been developed in consultation with young people

What we do
To provide early intervention services to prevent the development of more serious problems caused by mental or physical ill health or other challenging circumstances, by providing support and advice (in particular, but not exclusively, by providing professional counselling services), to children and young people and their families regardless of difference, background or identity who live, work or study in Reading and the surrounding area.

No5 offers confidential listening to support children and young people and those around them, through our free counselling service for those aged 10-25 in the Reading area.  Also a paid adult counselling service by donation.

We also run an outreach program which includes counselling sessions in local schools, and our Young Ambassador scheme through which we support and train young people to deliver talks, workshops and events directly to their peers.

Calendar of Fundraising & Charity Events updated 14/3/2018

For further details please contact Kerry

  • April - Sweepstake of Hannah’s Inaugural Marathon Finish Time.
    The Spring Do.
  • May - Peter Higg’s Naked Naturist Foundation 5k Run.
    Shinfield 10k & Junior events.
    6th Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield.
  • June - Kerry & Trisha’s Mad 100km Cotswold Way Challenge.
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • July- Sev’s Super London 100 cycle
    Dinton Relays
    BBQ & Guess the Weight of the Cake
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • August - Dragon Boat Racing & Games
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • September - Mortimer 10k
    Car Boot Fair A33 Swallowfield TBC
  • October
  • November - Halloween Party TBC (possible Jolly Anglers)
  • December - Christmas Do
  • January
  • February - Bramley 20/10

It all began back in 1989 when a Club member needed the services of a baby incubator at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The Club responded by raising cash for an additional incubator. Over the years we have collected for a variety of causes, such as Macmillan Cancer Care, The National Autistic Society, The National Society for Epilepsy and more recently the Stroke Association. Twenty years later - in 2009 – we passed the £400K mark, a record of which we are justly proud.

How do we do it?
Simple: We never let slip a chance to raise a few quid! The sources of income are diverse. Prospect Park car boot sales alone have brought in many, many, many thousands of pounds over the years.  Races organised by the Club – Mortimer, Shinfield and Bramley – are also major earners. Since the Club is non-profit making it donates any surplus it makes.

Individual sponsorships account for a sizable chunk of the total. Carrying buckets round races, in particular the Reading Half, and organising refreshments is likewise lucrative, accounting for several grand.

However, as they say, every little helps, and often an impromptu quiz or game of skittles will bring in some extra cash...

As said, it all adds up! In Charity History you can find a snapshot of the past 20+ years fund raising, as well as – coming soon! – a detailed breakdown of this year’s accounts