Welcome to our calendar of events where you can find out what’s going on in our centres as well as nationally. Click on an event for more details and to book your place if required.

 

Oct
31
Sat
International Forum @ Garden Villa B&B
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 6 @ 9:00 am

 

This year we are looking forward to gathering again as IF in Pogradec, where the Albanian team will be hosting us in their lovely Garden Villa Cafe and Bed&Breakfast!

Once again we have a two step booking process:

Step One: Please complete the Registration Form below as soon as possible.

Step Two: Once your flights are booked please return and complete the Arrival and Departure Information Form below.

This whole process will help ILT and the Albanian team care for everyone to the best of our ability; see you in October!

International Forum 2020

Venue: click here to see more: Garden Villa B&B, Pogradec, Albania

IF fees of E120 cover you from Sunday evening to Saturday morning. If you are arriving before or staying on after the end of IF, you will need to budget for extra accommodation and food costs.

And now for the money stuff!

There are two basic options for paying IF fees:

  1. You can use the PayPal button below. This option also enables you to easily pay for up to three delegates at any one time. There is a small Paypal charge.

IF registration fees

      2. You can withdraw cash (Albanian Lekk) from an ATM when you reach Pogradec, Albania. Check the exchange rate, but to give you an idea 100 Euros is about 12,300 ALL.

(please ensure your bank card works overseas (most mastercard or visa cards work) and there is enough money in your account to make the withdrawal!).

3. A final option is that you could bring the cash with you to Albania. You can use Euros to pay your IF fees, but you will need Albanian Lek for any private purchases in Pogradec – they don’t take Euros in the shops.

Airport Information: 

Please aim to arrive in Pogradec by 6pm on Saturday 30th October, and not to leave Pogradec before the morning of Friday 6th Nov.

The cost for travel from the airport to Pogradec varies with the airport:

the cheapest is Ohrid, Macedonia (E40 return) – allow about 90 minutes to travel from the airport to Pogradec.

then Tirana, Albania ( 2000 to 7000 ALL return depending on what kind of taxi you use) – allow about 3-4 hours to travel to Pogradec – try to arrive in Tirana by midday on Saturday 30th..

and finally Thessaloniki (E100 return) – allow about 4 hours to travel to Pogradec – try to arrive in Thessaloniki by midday on Sunday 27th.

Visa Information: 

The most urgent need is obtaining visas for entry into Albania. It is the responsibility of each member of F2F International Forum to organize their own visa. We encourage you to work with your support group. If you need further help, please let ILT know.

The text below is taken from the website:

“Visitors to Albania must obtain a visa from one of the Albanian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or are qualified for visa-free entry.

All the other foreigners must be issued with a visa, before entering the Republic of Albania at the missions of the Republic of Albania that cover the country of residence. These missions can also provide them with the necessary information about Albania.”

The following links have helpful information about your visa requirements and  the location of the diplomatic mission that handles your country’s applications as well as the application fee.

Albanian Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs website – visa regimen page and PDF summary 

Albania Tourism.Info this is appears to be a non government site with lots of helpful information.

Our latest information is that only those amongst us with the following passports do not require a visa to enter Albania:

British, Greek, Polish and Australian. However, you MUST check for yourself to be sure.

Nov
27
Fri
ROC Youth Conversation @ Zoom Webinar
Nov 27 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Register to Attend

Capturing the Voice of Reading’s Young People in a Conversation about our community and the effects of violent crime.

The Reading ROC conversation has been commissioned by the Home Office as part of a nationwide initiative to address the causes of violent crime and mobilise local communities to deliver relevant responses within their unique context.

Young people are especially impacted by and vulnerable to violent crime and its related issues. A conversation in Reading that didn’t include the voices of our young people would be woefully inadequate; therefore we are making sure that this doesn’t happen.

Young People in Conversation about their Community and the Effects of Violent Crime.

The Aims of this Webinar:

  • To create platforms and opportunities through which young people can have their say.
  • To listen and take on board what the young people share, and faithfully representing it in the ongoing conversations with other sections of the community.
  • To facilitate creative action by young people and others in the community, that will address issues raised by the young people.

Our panelists are a mixture of young people and people who work with young people.

Register to Attend

Register your space to participate in the conversation via chat and Q&A, registrations are on a first come first served basis, we can have up to 100 individuals, groups or classes participating in each conversation in this way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apr
28
Wed
ROC Conversation Reading (afternoon session) @ Online Event
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Register to Attend

If you haven’t already signed up – it would be amazing if you could be part of it! A conversation like this is only as good as the sum of those who take part. So come and join in, have your voice heard!

Everything you need to know you will find below.

 

Do you live, work, socialise or have an interest in Reading?  If so, read on…

On Wednesday 28th April 2021, ROC are coming to Reading and you are invited to join the ROC conversation, which will be taking place virtually online via Zoom. There will be two identical events, one at 2pm and the second at 7pm.

 

Who are ROC?

Redeeming Our Communities is a national charity founded in 2004 with over 150 projects throughout the UK. The charity’s main aim is to bring about localised community transformation by creating sustainable and strategic partnerships, which open up opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion.

This partnership approach has seen crime and anti-social behaviour fall and fresh hope brought to some of the most deprived and challenging areas of the UK, urban and rural alike.

ROC brings together community groups, charities, multi-faith organisations, statutory partners such as education, social care, youth services, police, fire service, local authorities and voluntary agencies to encourage them to work together in positive partnerships for practical ‘on the ground’ change.

As a result, statutory agencies have improved access to the support available through the network of the local community, charitable and multi-faith support groups.   Thousands of volunteers are enabled to better serve the needs of their community. This idea is proving to be even more valuable in the light of the current economic climate and the Big Society.

It aims to bring the strategic partnerships and third sector groups together cohesively in order to enable those in need support can receive it at the right time in the right place with a holistic approach to their needs.

What is a ROC Conversation?

A ROC Conversation is a structured community engagement event that brings together local people to celebrate all the good things happening in the community and explore practical ways of doing more.  A ROC Conversation is a 2 hour structured community engagement event that invites members of the community to gather and discuss the specific needs of their community, and explore practical ways of meeting those needs. We invite:

  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • School and Youth representatives
  • Volunteer groups
  • Police & Fire Services
  • Faith groups
  • Councillors and MPs

Safer, Kinder Communities
ROC’s mission is to support and build upon community resilience by inspiring and supporting groups to work together.

A ROC Conversation achieves this by:

  • Connecting local community members, volunteers & statutory agencies
  • Celebrating all the good things taking place in your community
  • Raising awareness of the current needs of your community
  • Exploring potential solutions and resources required to meet current needs
  • Creating a network of people passionate about improving your community
  • Identifying & utilising existing skillsets and resources in your community
  • Kick-starting new projects in your community

Who can attend?

The simple answer to this is ANYONE can attend.

ROC works with many difference agencies including public services, statutory authorities, schools, businesses, community organisations and churches. People who agree that communities are important and that we can all play our part. People from different backgrounds, with different beliefs and different cultural influences who all share a common vision: to make their community stronger.  The common vision enables them to look beyond their differences and pool their energies and resources.

If you have already booked your free place, we look forward to welcoming you to the ROC Conversation.

If you would like to register for your free place, please click on the button below:

Register to Attend

ROC Conversation aims to bring the strategic partnerships and third sector groups together cohesively in order to enable those in need support can receive it at the right time in the right place with a holistic approach to their needs.

Please consider joining in – we can only achieve substantial results if people attend and have their say. If you’re personally unable to come, how about sending a representative?

We’re hoping to see you then!

ROC Conversation Reading (evening session) @ Online Event
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Register to Attend

If you haven’t already signed up – it would be amazing if you could be part of it! A conversation like this is only as good as the sum of those who take part. So come and join in, have your voice heard!

Everything you need to know you will find below.

 

Do you live, work, socialise or have an interest in Reading?  If so, read on…

On Wednesday 28th April 2021, ROC are coming to Reading and you are invited to join the ROC conversation, which will be taking place virtually online via Zoom. There will be two identical events, one at 2pm and the second at 7pm.

 

Who are ROC?

Redeeming Our Communities is a national charity founded in 2004 with over 150 projects throughout the UK. The charity’s main aim is to bring about localised community transformation by creating sustainable and strategic partnerships, which open up opportunities for crime and disorder reduction and improved community cohesion.

This partnership approach has seen crime and anti-social behaviour fall and fresh hope brought to some of the most deprived and challenging areas of the UK, urban and rural alike.

ROC brings together community groups, charities, multi-faith organisations, statutory partners such as education, social care, youth services, police, fire service, local authorities and voluntary agencies to encourage them to work together in positive partnerships for practical ‘on the ground’ change.

As a result, statutory agencies have improved access to the support available through the network of the local community, charitable and multi-faith support groups.   Thousands of volunteers are enabled to better serve the needs of their community. This idea is proving to be even more valuable in the light of the current economic climate and the Big Society.

It aims to bring the strategic partnerships and third sector groups together cohesively in order to enable those in need support can receive it at the right time in the right place with a holistic approach to their needs.

What is a ROC Conversation?

A ROC Conversation is a structured community engagement event that brings together local people to celebrate all the good things happening in the community and explore practical ways of doing more.  A ROC Conversation is a 2 hour structured community engagement event that invites members of the community to gather and discuss the specific needs of their community, and explore practical ways of meeting those needs. We invite:

  • Residents
  • Businesses
  • School and Youth representatives
  • Volunteer groups
  • Police & Fire Services
  • Faith groups
  • Councillors and MPs

Safer, Kinder Communities
ROC’s mission is to support and build upon community resilience by inspiring and supporting groups to work together.

A ROC Conversation achieves this by:

  • Connecting local community members, volunteers & statutory agencies
  • Celebrating all the good things taking place in your community
  • Raising awareness of the current needs of your community
  • Exploring potential solutions and resources required to meet current needs
  • Creating a network of people passionate about improving your community
  • Identifying & utilising existing skillsets and resources in your community
  • Kick-starting new projects in your community

Who can attend?

The simple answer to this is ANYONE can attend.

ROC works with many difference agencies including public services, statutory authorities, schools, businesses, community organisations and churches. People who agree that communities are important and that we can all play our part. People from different backgrounds, with different beliefs and different cultural influences who all share a common vision: to make their community stronger.  The common vision enables them to look beyond their differences and pool their energies and resources.

If you have already booked your free place, we look forward to welcoming you to the ROC Conversation.

If you would like to register for your free place, please click on the button below:

Register to Attend

ROC Conversation aims to bring the strategic partnerships and third sector groups together cohesively in order to enable those in need support can receive it at the right time in the right place with a holistic approach to their needs.

Please consider joining in – we can only achieve substantial results if people attend and have their say. If you’re personally unable to come, how about sending a representative?

We’re hoping to see you then!