Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is a Development Education Centre close to the heart of Reading's town centre. We work with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action for sustainability, human rights and social justice.
RISC's areas of work can be generalised into the following areas:
Arts Promoting Global Citizenship through arts and activism.
Events Various events take place in RISC on a wide range of subjects and formats, all with the aim to raise awareness and understanding of development education issues.
Volunteers RISC provides many work opportunities to volunteers coming from a wide background. Volunteers are at the foundation of RISC, without their work we simply could not function as we do.
Education RISC has an education team who work with teachers and schools to promote Global Citizenship in the curriculum. Their work ranges from training courses to RISC's own publications and more.
Room Hire RISC houses several function rooms including a large conference hall, available for the public to hire.
RISC is home to one of the UK's largest Fair Trade shops. A member of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops), it raises awareness of fair trade through the products it sells as well as encouraging the use of eco friendly household products. A large section of the shop is devoted to a resource centre selling teaching packs on global citizenship, and non-fiction on various global issues, as well as fiction from majority world authors, and a large selection of children's books further promoting global citizenship at an early age.
Gardens RISC also works on various other projects with a focus on sustainable development and food security. This work begins on our edible roof garden and continues with projects that work with local community groups and schools.
Global Cafe The Global Cafe is a fully licensed venue providing daytime and evening drinks to Reading using fairly traded and local products where possible. Live music and events often take place in the cafe. The cafe is also home to Tutu's Ethiopian Table who provides food in the cafe from lunchtime through to the evening.
What is Development Education?
Development education promotes understanding of the links between individuals and communities and the wider world around them. It encourages critical examination of global issues, such as international development and climate change, and awareness of the impact that individuals can have on these.
It deals with a range of environmental and social justice issues, locally and globally, including peace and conflict, sustainability, interdependence, human rights and diversity.