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 education team works with teachers, local authorities and ITE institutions to promote Global Citizenship across the curriculum. Our work includes running a CPD programme, training for whole school staff, ITE and more. We write and publish our own teaching resources, with a wide range of other publications available in our Resource Centre and to buy online. From teaching packs on Global Citizenship and non-fiction on a range of global issues to fiction from majority world authors, we also have a large selection of children’s books promoting Global Citizenship for all age groups.
To raise awareness and understanding of development education, RISC runs an events programme addressing a wide range of issues. We provide work opportunities to over 60 volunteers from a wide background, without whom we could not function as we do. RISC also works on projects with a focus on sustainable development and food security; initially inspired by our edible roof garden, this work continues with projects involving local community groups and schools.
Our centre includes the World Shop and Global Cafe, along with meeting and conference facilities.