Events

Here you'll find a list of our upcoming group meetings (free), workshops & social events. No registration required for monthly sessions. Each session covers a different subject, chosen by you but participation is completely optional.

** Please note our new group meetings will take place at Fairview Community Centre from June 2022 onwards. **

Our monthly group meets take place at Fairview Community Centre, Great Knollys Street, Reading, RG1 7HL. There is free parking directly outside the building for 2 hours and is 10 minutes walk from Reading Train Station or the town centre.

The facilities have ample space for pushchairs, wheelchair access, toilets & baby change facilities and we offer free tea, coffee & cake for all of our attendees. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that severe allergies can be catered for as we do not own the building and other meeting rooms may be occupied. All of our cakes contain milk/nuts/wheat/eggs. Vegan cakes can be provided on request. Please bring your own food for babies/children.

We can offer a travel subsidy, so if this is something you require, please email us at [email protected] for more information. All communications are confidential.

Masks and hand sanitiser are provided for those who feel more comfortable. Masks not required to be worn.

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2021


CREATIVE MOTHERHOOD * FULLY BOOKED

06/10/21 - 17/11/22 (6 WEEK COURSE)

Creative journaling helps restore balance & encourage reflection around challenges we

might experience, both physically and emotionally, through pregnancy, birth and new parenthood.

Online workshop only, materials provided.

Please email for more details.

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2022

CREATIVE MOTHERHOOD * FULLY BOOKED

11/01/22 - 15/02/22 (6 WEEK COURSE)

Using simple, creative sewing techniques to explore motherhood. With reclaimed fabrics,

mending, conversation and memories, we will share our stories & identities in a friendly

and supportive group.

Please email for more details.

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MOTHERS ARE QUEENS

SATURDAY 4TH JUNE (11-5)

Across three sessions at local schools in May and then at @readingcouncil Water Fest on Sat 4th June in Forbury Gardens, we will create a huge, beautiful quilt made up of the fabrics and hard work of mothers from all across our town. Come along to Water Fest (Saturday 4th June, 11-5), bring along a scrap of fabric, an old muslin, or something that's important to you and your motherhood journey, to contribute to the quilt, share your stories and experiences of motherhood.

But more importantly, it is through our connection, our shared experience, our love and our grief, our stories and our journeys that we can mend together and understand that we all share something - even if it’s small and cultures apart, our love. And how it drives us to learn and to listen and to understand.

As mothers, we need a village and whilst we, at Becoming Mums directly support mothers, we see the others too. The strains in family, the separations of families, the step-parents and children, the families grieving and uniting, the friends who support at 2am, the partners who listen, the in-laws that do the school-run. We see you all. We strive to support all those nuances and relationships too because it is through those connections that relationships are unified and strengthened.

We hope that our conversations in our sessions encourage conversations in your worlds.

We hope to see as many of us as would like to join us at Water Fest on 4th June. Bring your fabrics and we’ll help each other mend. Please email us for more details.

With thanks to @readingcouncil, @kate_powell_textiles & @thejellyreading.

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BECOMING MUMS SUPPORT GROUP (2022)


THURSDAY 10TH MARCH, 10-12 PM : Welcome

Welcome back! After a two year Covid break, we are resuming monthly meetings. New and existing members welcome, no registration required.


THURSDAY 7TH APRIL, 10-12 PM : Sex

It's the topic that keeps coming...so to speak!

We're often asked about this one - the change in libido, the loss of, the desire to & the desire not to, how to manage it alongside sleep deprivation, couple strains, work and everything else.

How has it changed for you? Or has it stayed the same? Has it changed the dynamics in your relationships - brought you closer or created a distance? Is what you wanted then the same as what you want now?

This week we'll chat about everything sex related - but don't worry, don't feel the need to chime in if you don't want to! This space is for you to listen and contribute with what you are comfortable with. As usual there will be cake and refreshments, an area for the little ones and plenty of discussion.


THURSDAY 5TH MAY, 10-12 PM, Identity : Who am I?

This month we're talking about you, and us! Who we were, who we are now, who we want to be. Becoming a parent changes so much, and it's easy to lose yourself and your sense of self in amongst the nappies and baby groups and sleep schedules. Let's talk about how we find ourselves, how we get to know the new us, how to keep hold of the parts of ourselves that are important and what all this means for how we connect to others.

As usual, these sessions are open to everyone no matter what your stage in the parent journey. Your children are welcome if they are with you, but you are welcome to come without them too!

Coffee, tea and cake on tap, toys for babies. There is no parking at RISC, the closest car parks are Queens Rd and the Oracle car parks, or metered parking on the street.

The venue is fully accessible, but if you have any specific access requirements, or need help with transport please get in touch, we can help!


** CHANGE OF VENUE ** PLEASE SEE ABOVE FOR NEW LOCATION AT FAIRVIEW COMMUNITY CENTRE, READING

THURSDAY 9TH JUNE, 10-12 PM, Birth

It started with birth - or did it? What were you pre-conceptions going into birth, did you have a birth plan, did it go as expected, how do you feel now? Birth is deeply personal, it can be everything you wanted and it can cause anxiety and PTSD - where do you find yourself and how it affected you and your baby? Come together to talk about all of it, the good, the bad the ugly.

As usual, these sessions are open to everyone no matter what your stage in the parent journey. Your children are welcome if they are with you, but you are welcome to come without them too!

Coffee, tea and cake on tap, toys for babies. Please see above for change of location, there is now parking available for free for 2 hours outside of the venue. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to drop us a message.

The venue is fully accessible, but if you have any specific access requirements, or need help with transport please get in touch, we can help!


BECOMING MUMS SUPPORT GROUP

THURSDAY 7TH JULY, 10-12 PM


BECOMING MUMS SUPPORT GROUP

THURSDAY 4TH AUGUST, 10-12 PM


BECOMING MUMS SUPPORT GROUP

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 10-12 PM


BECOMING MUMS SUPPORT GROUP

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6TH, 10-12 PM


BECOMING MUMS SUPPORT GROUP

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3RD, 10-12 PM

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