Helping the local Community  

READING LIONS CLUB is a local group of volunteers who aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the Reading community by improving the local environment,  helping individuals in times of need,  supporting Reading based community groups and local charities. Every penny raised goes into our community projects. Our aim is to serve the people of Reading and make a difference.

Prostate Cancer Awareness:  We are gaining a reputation for our annual Prostate Cancer Awareness programme. With one man every hour dying from prostate cancer and 40,000 new cases every year the Lions Club of Reading and Circle Reading Hospital aim to provide an awareness event and free PSA blood test to as many men over 45 as possible who chose to take the test. More...

Message in a Bottle scheme:  We are well known for our distribution of Message in a Bottle bottles. A simple scheme to assist people living alone or those that are vulnerable to keep vital medical information in a safe place. More...  

Helping Individuals in need:  We answer calls for assistance from individuals and families in genuine need. It could be something simple like needing a few food vouchers at a difficult time or involve complex needs such as specialist medical and support equipment.  

Supporting local small community groups:  We hosted our first community grant scheme event. Our aim was to reach out to small local Reading community groups and small local Reading charities and award grants for local community projects. We distributed 6,000 in total grants. More...

We collect and recycle unwanted spectacles: Each year we collect and recycle thousands of unwanted spectacles. Working with local Reading opticians. More ...

Our International Efforts: Lions Clubs are also members of an international network of men and women who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities across the world. Visit Lions Clubs International for more detail. 

Our Club has also assisted a Reading based charity with a local primary school in Swaziland. More...

Lions have been carrying out community service in a very wide range of areas since their formation in 1917. This community service is carried out mainly at local level but also at wider national and international levels.

If you know of a local community service project that may need our help then please contact us, or email

The following are just some of the local groups and individuals we have helped:

We also answer calls for assistance from private local families / individuals.

We have adopted a local green space in the centre of Reading at County Lock. 

Helping to prepare and serve Christmas lunch to Southcote pensioners. 

Providing food vouchers to local needy families for Christmas.

Provision of a storage shed for the Reading Dingley Family School.  

We supported a young person on a trip of a lifetime to India. He learned about the differences between our two cultures and helped refurbish a school in the hills. We recieved a great letter of thanks, with pictures of his adventure.

We provided the car park marshalling at the Girl Guides Centenary Celebration held at Englefield Park.

We donated 580 to the 'Robbie the Robot' appeal for the Royal Berkshire hospital. 

Assisting the Reading Association for the Blind to provide a talking microwave and talking scales to a visually impaired person.  Follow the link to the thank you note. This is what makes it all so worthwhile. It has been a real pleasure to help make this person's life a little easier.     

Support for the Reading Bikers Toy Run in December - delivering toys to Banardos. 

Supporting a young local couple with funds towards a replacement wheelchair.

Supported the Reading Kickz Project.  

Provision on a Urine testing machine for the Duchess of Kent House Charity.

Helping out at the kit tent and water stations at the annual Reading Half Marathon in March. 

We donated funds to a local special needs school (Phoenix School) for young boys with emotional, behavioural and social disorders. 

Providing funds in support of new school benches at Whitley Park School, Reading.

Funding a short respite break for a single parent and his disabled child.

Supporting 107fm and the Easter Egg Run

Helping to fund specialist equipment at Brookfields Special School in Tilehurst. 

We also answer calls for assistance from private local families / individuals.







 Registered Charity no: 1126848