NEW TRAINING EVENT: Emergency First Aid & Defibrillator Training

defibWHEN: Thursday 19th July from 19.00 – 21.30

WHERE: Woolhampton Village Hall

Does your community have a defibrillator? Would you know how to use it in an emergency? If you don’t have one in your village, have you considered having one – either by fundraising as a community to buy one or obtaining a grant from the British Heart Foundation?

All these questions will be answered at the Community Council for Berkshire (CCB) training event. The training will be run by Heartstart Thatcham and will include emergency first aid training and a practical demonstration of how to use defibrillators.

This training is FREE to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Access to rural areas can be time consuming for community first responders and emergency services, particularly if the weather is bad, so the knowledge of local people could save a life! The meeting is being funded by Adult Community Learning West Berkshire Council and SSE Resilient Communities Fund.

Places must be booked and are available on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to book you place please complete this booking form:

Interactive & Engaging: Community Organising Training Workshop

groups-work.jpgOn the 22nd June 2018 CCB organised an all day training session in Beech Hill memorial hall, West Berkshire facilitated by Community Organisers.

The training was partly funded by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning and looked to provide an introduction to community organising as a process which can reach out and bring people together to form stronger relationships.

Floor work

The course was led by Jose Barco Founder of Community CoLab and provided learners with an understanding of what community organising is, how to ask powerful questions, the importance of listening, power in communities and why it matter and how to motivate people and next steps.

Learners attended from local community groups, town councils, local authorities and the Thames Valley Police. They really enjoyed the engaging and interactive course.

Learners comments included:

“It gave me a fresh look and perspective at getting communities together. if I am empowered then I can empower others.”

“I loved the vivid visual aids on the floor to keep reminding me how the learning is connected.”

“It was a safe and welcoming environment. Good material and participation exercises gave me a fresh perspective.”

If you would like to register your interest in this type of course to be run in the future in Berkshire please contact us at


Funding Update – June 2018

RunningLeeds Building Society Community Reward Scheme

Leeds Building Society know that parkrun plays a huge role in helping people engage with their local communities throughout the UK. Because of that, they want to help improve your local parkrun community through their Community Reward Scheme.

The scheme provides funding and volunteer support to projects that help and improve local parkrun communities. From May 2018, and for the following 12 months, they will provide up to £25,000 to be shared across successful projects. If you’re a UK parkrunner, you can apply for the chance to make a difference to your local parkrun community.

Find out about Leeds Building Society Community Reward Scheme

Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants scheme has been designed to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Our vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard.

Preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation. In particular, those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.

They are mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

They welcome applications of up to £50k, though the majority of grants we make are likely to be in the region of £5k to £20k. Applications will be considered for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years.

Find out about the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Scheme

Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity

Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches their 2018 Vital Signs survey. BCF are asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. They can then nominate a charity in Berkshire of their choice to win one of the prizes.

Now in its fifth year, the Vital Signs survey is used to uncover the hidden areas of deprivation within Berkshire. This enables BCF to produce a ‘health-check’ report prioritizing need and the areas for action.

This year the focus is on a safe home, good health and secure employment as the foundations of wellbeing. The results drive BCFs fundraising.

Last year Mental Health was identified as the major issue. £250,000 was raised to fund vital projects improving the mental health of adults and children.

Gerry Lejeune, Chief Executive of BCF said “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people, with local knowledge to influence our fundraising for the next year.”

Please take the survey and help those in need in Berkshire.

Buttle UK

Buttle UK provides Chances for Children grants of up to £2000 to help children and young people in crisis. They can be used to improve a child or young persons emotional, social or educational wellbeing and to help set up home. The grants could be for children in kinship care arrangements, in families that are fleeing domestic abuse, or in cases where a young person has a clear educational goal but are estranged from their family, or a variety of other situations and support needs.
Read more about Chances for Children Grants

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement.

The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period.   Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.

Grants of £500 – £5,000 are available for UK registered charities.

Read more about D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Magic Little Grants Fund

In association with Postcode Community Trust, Localgiving is delighted to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of £500.

The Magic Little Grants Fund ​provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.

The aim of the fund is supporting the work of organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in some form of physical activity to help improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Both Postcode Community Trust and Localgiving recognise the role that sports and physical activity can play in bringing communities together, as well as promoting holistic wellbeing amongst groups and individuals.

To benefit from funding, projects need to meet either of the following themes:

● Overcoming barriers to participation in physical activities in creative ways
● Increasing social cohesion through developing access to sports and other recreational activities

Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. For example, this could include: facilities hire, kit & equipment, coaching qualifications, other volunteer expenses etc.

Applications which will predominantly cover the costs of one-off events or trips must provide details of how they intend to deliver a longer-term impact.

Read more about the Magic Little Grants Fund
The Rayne Foundation

The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK tackling a variety of social issues. We are especially interested in the arts, health and education.

They will consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues. Our focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:

  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people

They will consider funding salaries and project costs (including a reasonable contribution to overheads or on-costs) for up to three years.

Their grants typically fall in the range of £10,000 – £20,000 per annum, for up to three years. They prefer to fund alongside others.

Read more about The Rayne Foundation 

The Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for registered health charities, hospices and medical organisations which are in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training.

For more information please click here.

The Peoples Health Trust Active Communities

The Peoples Health Trust Active Communities programme supports local neighbourhood-based projects and communities of interest.


You can only apply for funding from the Active Communities programme if:

  • Your organisation supports people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better
  • You are a not for profit organisation or group (for a full list of eligible organisations, click here)
  • Your income is less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years
  • You have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) after you have deducted the grant you wish to request from us
  • Your organisation has been constituted for at least three months

What For?

Projects need to:

  • Be designed and led by local people
  • Support their neighbourhood or community to come together to address an issue that is important to them
  • Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year)
  • Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country
  • Be either:
    • small and local, for example, involving residents living in a few streets, an estate, a small village and working in one or more of our ‘fundable neighbourhoods’, or
    • a community of interest – a group of people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area

Deadline: 1pm on 11th July 2018 For further information please click here

National Churches Trust

Community Grants programme offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £25,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities (kitchens and accessible toilets) to enable increased community use of places of worship.  

The next deadline is 2nd July 2018 for a decision in November 2018.

Read more about the National Churches Trust 

With thanks to Bruce Wright Funding Matters and Slough CVS E-bulletin for news articles.

New Interactive Workshop for Community Building Trustees

Village Hall CollageWhen: Thursday 12th July

Where: Arborfield Village Hall, RG2 9PQ

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm (registration and drinks from 9am – refreshment break at 11am)

Cost: FREE to Community Building Advice Service members, £10 for non-members

Well run Village Hall? Legal, practical & forward thinking

  • Re-focus on your Charitable Aims & Objectives
  • Know you are meeting legal obligations
  • Work towards managing issues of non-compliance
  • Plan for the future
  • Sustainability and succession planning
  • Feel motivated, refreshed

Book your place:


CCB’s Annual Review 2017-18

Welcome from Tim Parry, Chief Operating Officer

Welcome to the 2017-18 edition of our Annual Review – here you can read all about our work supporting communities in Berkshire during the last financial year: April 2017 to March 2018.

In common with many charities in Berkshire and beyond, we have seen an increase in demand for our support from the communities we work with. Statistics from a recent report published by Local Giving show that nearly 80% of charities saw increased demand during the last year, but only 14% feel sufficiently resourced to meet this need. Income generation continues to be a priority for us and many others.

Increased competition for funding is having an impact on our budgets, and even where we can demonstrate the vital importance of our projects to our beneficiaries, funding to continue our work is difficult to find. We start each year with a deficit budget and over the last 5 years, we have been able to address the deficit and slowly add to our financial reserves. However, we ended this last year without achieving this, and join the 47% of charities that dipped into reserves to maintain delivery.

Ganesh SelvarajahWe end the year with mixed emotions. In April 2018 we learned of the sad and sudden death of Ganesh Selvarajah, whose interest and involvement with CCB spanned more than 10 years, including 6 years as a Trustee. His sage advice and smiling face will be greatly missed by us all.

In June 2017, Lawrence Spillar resigned as Hon.Treasurer. David Coppinger, former CCB Chairman, also stood down as a Trustee at our AGM in October 2017. David joined CCB in 2009 and was Chairman for 6 years.

At the Board meeting in March 2018, Grenville Annetts stood down. Grenville had been CCB’s Chairman since 2016 and Trustee since 2010. All of our Trustees make a vital and significant contribution to ensuring exemplary governance within the charity and we will miss the support these fine gentlemen have given us over many years.

At the end of March 2018, Wendy Dacey took a very well-deserved retirement from CCB. We paid tribute to Wendy in the April edition ofAction for All and thanked her for her 20 years’ service. During her time as Community Buildings Advisor Wendy resolved 1,984 enquiries and helped 597 people to develop their skills.

We may have lost a number of good people from our team over the year, but we have also welcomed many in. Kate Meads joined us in February as our new Community Buildings Advisor and has already met many of the hall volunteers that she will be supporting in this role.

We have also conducted our most successful trustee recruitment campaign ever! During the year, we co-opted Martina Platts, Ralph Godbold, Peter Thorn, Bob Lyon and Raghavendra Vaishampayan onto the Board. Raghavendra joins us as Honorary Treasurer. In addition, we look forward to welcoming Sue Davison and Katie Aston during the coming year. We furthermore welcomed a new President to our team, The Right Honourable Richard Benyon MP, who gave a rousing speech at our 2017 AGM regarding loneliness and how the public sector needs to work with the voluntary sector to tackle the issue.

I would like to thank every member of the CCB team, both staff and trustees, for their hard work, support, advice and enthusiasm during what was at times a tricky year. We know to expect more of the same during the coming year, but have already identified some new opportunities to pursue. We continue to develop ideas on how to reduce the impact of loneliness and isolation in the more rural parts of Berkshire and hope to reinvigorate our work supporting the development of affordable housing in partnership with colleagues in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone that has engaged with us during the last year. CCB exists to support communities right across Berkshire and the door is always open to anyone that wants to discuss an issue or develop an idea of how to make living in Berkshire even more rewarding.

Best wishes to you all for the year ahead, Tim

To read a full copy of our 2017-18 Annual Review please click here.