Local projects supporting women and girls receive share of £3.4 million national funding

Five Berkshire projects working with some of society’s most vulnerable women and girls have received a much-needed funding boost from the Berkshire Community Foundation.

Local charities and community groups have received grants of £5,000 to £10,000 from the Tampon Tax Community Fund to work with women of all ages, focussing on preventative services for those at risk of crisis.

Projects receiving funding will help women and girls get into or back work, build skills and confidence and improve health and wellbeing. Examples of some of the projects being funded are:

  • Smart Works in Reading who will use the funding the get vulnerable women back into work.
  • Reading Community Learning Centre will use the grant to provide Targeted outreach activities, learning programmes and advice and guidance to its increasing members.
  • Berkshire Women’s Aid will run various sessions to support women who have been affected by abuse.
  • The Dash Charity will use the grant to fund its Domestic Abuse Helpline, a vital service at risk of closure without this type of funding.
  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) will use funding to meet the increasing demand for its Rapid response and crisis service at Alana House in Reading.

This funding is a result of UK Community Foundations, one of the UK’s largest grant-giving organisations, being asked by government to distribute the largest share of the funding raised through the levy on sanitary products in 2017/18 to small, local projects, working with its network of Community Foundations across the country.

UKCF Director of Programmes and Development Vicki Papworth said:

“Community Foundations work with grassroots groups who are running vital services on a shoestring and supporting some of the most marginalised people in our society. This funding will enable them to run some amazing projects that make difference on the ground to the women and girls who need it most.”

Community Foundations across the country were oversubscribed for the Tampon Tax Community Fund. Only a quarter of the 1,500 applications for vital women and girls projects could be supported from this stream of funding.

Community Foundations are independent charities that make grants to support grassroots groups. They work with local businesses, funders and government to create tailored programmes of grant-making that respond to the needs and assets of communities. They also distribute funding secured through national programmes, including the Tampon Tax Community Fund.


FREE GDPR Webinar on a practical approach to handling data breaches & subject access requests

Time: 12noon – 1pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

Our friends at Databasix are running a FREE webinar on Tuesday 15th January at 12pm.

They will be covering how to take a practical approach to handling data breaches and subject access requests.  The session will be an 1hr, with time for questions. Having run some training events with Kellie Peters in the past on Essential GDPR for community and small organisations CCB can confirm that Kellie is a Data expert and knows her stuff!

For booking details please click here: https://kelliepeters.clickmeeting.com/gdpr-handling-breaches-and-sars/register.

Description: Are you uncertain as to how you and your staff would handle either a subject access request or a personal data breach?  Do you want to know what practical steps you need to take in order to be prepared to handle such events?  Databasix webinar aims to discuss real-life breaches and SARs, what can be learned from these events and what processes you need to have in place.  There will also be an opportunity for questions near the end of the webinar.


Funding Update January 2019

Information courtesy of Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Slough CVS, Involve, Reading Voluntary Action

Vital for Berkshire funding – open until 25 January 2019

The second Vital for Berkshire funding round is now open for applications, with grants of up to £10,000 available

Vital for Berkshire aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment.

Vital for Berkshire goes beyond the statistics to uncover areas where pockets of deprivation can be found, and where local communities are struggling. A key message from Berkshire’s Vital Signs 2018 is that a safe home, good health and secure employment are interdependent and underpin wellbeing. Vital for Berkshire will raise awareness and funds, to support community groups that are helping people towards having a safe home, good health and secure employment.

Further information Charities, community groups and social enterprises seeking funding for activities and projects in these areas can complete Berkshire Community Foundation’s online eligibility checker and eligible groups will be sent a link to the application form. The deadline for completed applications is 9am on 25 January 2019.


Woodward Charitable Trust – Small Grants Application Deadline: 31 January 2019

Grants are available to small-scale, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion among minority groups. Further details: http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/

National Churches Trust – Foundation Grants Programme 2019-2023
Application Deadline: 24 January 2019

Grants are available for listed and unlisted Christian places of worship of any denomination in the UK to support urgent maintenance work and small investigative works. Maximum Value: £ 3,000. Minimum Value: £ 500. Further details here: https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/foundationgrants

Pocket Parks Plus
Application Deadline: 25 January 2019

One-off grants are available for community groups working with local authorities to establish new pocket parks, creating safe and usable green spaces, and for helping to restore and renovate existing parks which have fallen into disrepair, bringing them back into public use. Further details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pocket-parks-plus-supporting-parks-and-public-spaces

Big Lottery Fund — Reaching Communities
Reaching Communities make grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.
The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.
Find out more about the Big Lottery Fund — Reaching Communities

Funding available for youth violence intervention The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley was recently successful in a bid for the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund (EIYF).

Having identified key elements of delivery from our bid, we are now seeking providers for very specific interventions and this is advanced notice of our intention to request quotes for this work.

There is a criticality to the speed of this work and, therefore, the request for quotes will only be open until 29th January at noon.  Invitations to quote are requested only from organisations who completely fit the request criteria and who can deliver across the Thames Valley force area, within a budget envelope and within the given timescale. Please read the below and if you are interested in providing a quote please email partnerships@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk for more information.

The bid for Thames Valley included a number of tiers of intervention, some of which are being delivered by existing providers of, for example, youth services.  The interventions that are open for quotes include:

  • Awareness raising theatre production (or similar) on youth violence for every secondary school across the Thames Valley.
  • 24 full days of training for between 700 and 1,000 professionals / practitioners / teachers / youth workers on County Lines, gangs, exploitation, etc (24 days for approx. 40 attendees per day)
  • Knife crime awareness sessions for young people in key hot spot areas across the Thames Valley, reaching at least 1,200 participants.
  • Intensive work (group or 1:1) with young people already involved in crime / gangs / exploitation to reduce their chances of further criminalisation through a targeted programme of work in at least 6 hot spot areas across the Thames Valley (6 programmes)

For more information about the EIYF: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-intervention-youth-fund

Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019

The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is now open for applications from not-for-profit organisations with annual turnovers below £300,000. They are more likely to award grants – of up to £2,000 – to organisations who have a Greggs shop in their area.

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities or respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting the community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate improvements against at least one of the following ‘key performance targets’:

  • Beneficiaries have decreased social isolation.
  • Beneficiaries report improved health and wellbeing.
  • Beneficiaries report improved resilience/coping mechanisms.
  • Beneficiaries have improved life skills.
  • Beneficiaries have improved opportunities.

Further information

Find more information and guidance on how to apply on the Greggs Foundation website.



Charity Volunteer Recruitment Fair in Wokingham – 19th January 2019

The Wokingham Volunteer Centre is getting the New Year off to a great start with their Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 19th January, 10am – 1pm, at Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham RG40 1AS!

They will be hosting a variety of fantastic local charities, community groups and public sector partners that work with children, young people and families, the elderly, education and literacy, dementia support, charity shops, local hospices, suicide prevention, environment and conservation, learning disability, community events and fundraising, and sports, leisure and exercise.  Their representatives will be on hand for the duration of the event to talk about their work and the wide range of voluntary roles available locally.