New: FREE Funding Workshop in West Berkshire. Book your place now!

In order to better support the sector two respected charities,  Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB) have teamed up to provide a comprehensive Voluntary Sector Training Partnership. We are excited to work together  to provide  training opportunities that are right for the voluntary and community sector here in West Berkshire. 

Garry Poulson and Tim Parry

Are you a community group, charity or voluntary organisation looking for funding in 2020?

CCB is facilitating a FREE Funding Workshop providing information, useful tips and advice on available funding streams in West Berkshire. The training is aimed at charities, community groups, parish councils and voluntary organisations who are looking for a range of funding streams to improve their community buildings, village, neighbourhood or parish.


Date: Thursday 19th March, 10am – 12pm, Calcot Centre, RG31 4XD

We have excellent speakers currently lined up they are:

Elisha Russell, Community Liaison Officer from Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF). Berkshire Community Foundation gives charitable organisations in Berkshire the opportunity to apply for life-changing grants. Elisha will be giving an overview of current and future funding opportunities available through BCF and tips on how to improve your chances of success. She will also look at available funding from BCF that particularly focuses on overcoming loneliness and isolation.

Julian May, Head of Business Development from the Good Exchange. Julian will be explaining the criteria for the Good Exchange, a fundraising platform which allows you to access multiple funders, donors and fundraisers with a single application, how groups can register and guiding you through the process of how to get the most out of your application. He will be able to give useful examples of local fundraising successes and also give information on additional training that may support your organisation/group/event promote yourselves thus improving your fundraising ability.

Rachel Peters, Community Development Officer from Sovereign Community Funding. Sovereign is one of the largest housing associations in the country, providing 58,000 quality, affordable homes across the south of England, for people priced out of the housing market. But the organisation’s work doesn’t stop at the front door, as £3m a year is invested in its communities, helping people – and their neighbourhoods – to flourish.

Sara Hanson, Volunteer Sector Support Officer at Volunteer Centre West Berkshire. VCWB provides free impartial information advice and guidance about volunteering in West Berkshire. Sara is an experienced bid writer, evaluator and trainer. Sara will be covering general useful hints and tips to consider when preparing funding forms & applications.

Kate Meads, Community Buildings Advisor at Connecting Communities in Berkshire. Kate will provide information on funding opportunities available to those that may be responsible for managing community buildings and assets – village hall, places of worship, community pubs & shops, scout huts etc.

With more TBC!

This workshop is free to attend but places are limited and booked on a first come, first served basis. This training is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning. TO BOOK YOUR PLACE PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK : https://ccberks.wufoo.com/forms/funding-workshop-providing-training-support/

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