Would you like to work with a charity to help empower rural communities in Berkshire?

Local charity Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB) is seeking new Trustees and a Chair to help us continue our work of enhancing, empowering and strengthening communities in Berkshire.

We have over 45 years’ experience in community development work and are an active member of the Action with Communities Rural Network (ACRE). Our core mission is to enable communities in Berkshire to thrive by using our knowledge, skills and enterprise. Our vision is to strengthen, promote and empower communities.

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals that have an interest in working to improve community life in Berkshire to join our Board of Trustees. This is a non-remunerated post however out of pocket expenses are payable. We are particularly interested to hear from people that have skills and/or experience in marketing, PR, public speaking, fundraising or campaigning.

Your skills and experience will be put to use to making a lasting difference in your local communities. If you are retired or due to other circumstances have more time to dedicate then this could be the perfect role for you as we are a small team and do rely on volunteer support to help complete key task and finish jobs.

Alternatively if you have a busy working life then there are only a handful of, mostly evening, meetings to attend a year in which you could attend sharing expertise and provide guidance on important decisions.

Please e-mail admin@ccberks.org.uk or to find out more about us and our current projects please visit our website: www.ccberks.org.uk. To make an appointment for an informal conversation with our Chief Officer Tim please call on the 01189612000.

Information & Advice About Going Car Free

GoingCarFree.com is a travel awareness campaign delivered by Wessex DriveAbility, with funding from the Department for Transport. It seeks to give information and advice to people who are giving up driving for any reason to help them get around more easily, using a range of different travel choices and options.

It’s a useful one stop shop that helps people think positively about some of the worries they have if they can no longer drive. It looks at the practical stuff around planning journeys using public transport and what help is available if people are disabled, on using the internet and support to get on-line.

Stopping driving also doesn’t mean people have to lose their independence but it can mean that how people socialise and connect with others may change. Our website helps people find out what’s going on in their local community and how to deal with any concerns they may have about becoming isolated or lonely as a result of stopping driving.

We can help over the phone, by email or in person at our offices as well as online & we work with people who live in Berkshire. Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Wiltshire. Please send an email to hello@goingcarfree.com if you have any questions.

Funding Opportunities September 2019

Some information courtesy of Sough CVS, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire & Wokingham Involve

Active Mums Community Fund

Grants of up to £750 are available this year only (2019) from Active slough, Slough Borough Council27 September at 5pm. This fund aims to get mums with babies physically active after birth.

Find out more about this fund

The Dream Fund

The Dream Fund is now open for applications. The application form is available to access at the below link and will be open until 15 October at 5:30pm.

The Dream Fund gives organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. They ask charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project.

Find out more about The Dream Fund

Tampon Tax Fund

The Tampon Tax Community Fund aims​ ​to​ ​support​ ​women​ ​who​ ​are​ ​most​ ​marginalised​ ​to​ ​overcome​ ​barriers that​ ​prevent​ ​them​ ​from​ ​fulfilling​ ​their​ ​potential. ​ The​ ​women​ ​that​ ​will​ ​benefit​ ​from​ ​this​ ​initiative​ ​will​ ​have​ ​had little/no​ ​access​ ​to​ ​support​ ​or​ ​previous​ ​investment​ ​in​ ​their​ ​personal​ ​or​ ​educational development, and/or their social networks.

​This ​programme aims to fund small​-scale interventions, ​​which​ ​will​ ​make​ ​a​ ​considerable difference to the lives and happiness of women and girls by raising the aspirations of girls and young women and combating the influences that affect their confidence.

How much can I apply for?

  • Between £5,000 and £10,000
  • For a duration of up to 12 months
  • Meet one or more of the Tampon Tax Community Fund objectives

They will fund:

  • Volunteer expenses: Budget for training, travel, telephone calls, travel and meals.
  • Activity costs: Budget for resources to facilitate a project/activity; costs that fall outside capital, volunteer or staffing costs, e.g. catering, insurance.
  • Temporary/sessional staff costs: Budget for external consultants and sessional staff that are employed for the specific project/activity that is being funded.

Find out more about The Tampon Tax Community Fund

National Churches Trust – Foundation Grants Programme 2019-2023

Deadline: 26th September, 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.

Cash4 Clubs

Deadline: 27th September, 2019
Awards are available for sports clubs throughout the UK to improve facilities, buy new kit and equipment, and increase sporting opportunities.

Ernest Cook Trust

Deadline: 27th September, 2019
Grants are available to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations in the UK wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside and the environment.

Power to Change – Community Business Fund

Grants are available to help locally based and community-led businesses in England to increase their social impact and make them more viable in the long term. For further information please click here.

The Beatrice Laing Trust

The Beatrice Laing Trust is one of the Laing Family Trusts that are administered jointly, with this Trust supporting projects that are in the areas of relief of poverty or advancement of the Christian faith.

The joint administration means that an application to the Beatrice Laing Trust is considered as an application to all Laing Trusts, with administrators and trustees deciding which Trust is most suitable for any grant offered.

The Beatrice Laing Trust state that they welcome applications from:
• Organisations, in particularly Christian organisations, offering practical action to help those in need, offering direct support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.
• Charities providing practical services to people with physical, mental and learning difficulties and their families/carers.
• Organisations providing opportunities for training and development to young people, in particular those who are disadvantaged or ‘at risk’.
• Small-scale overseas development projects aiming to build the capacity of local partners to develop long-term sustainable solutions to local problems in countries in the developing world.

Please click here for more info

Facilitation Fund 2019: Countryside Stewardship

The Facilitation Fund is now open until the 4th October. The funding aims to help groups of farmers, foresters and land managers improve the natural environment.

Find out more by reading their manual on how to apply:

Berkshire Community Foundation

Grants awarded support a variety of community groups across Berkshire working to support a wide range of causes; tackling disadvantage, supporting victims of crime, poverty, homelessness, health and wellbeing, isolation and loneliness, education and skills and strengthening the community in general. http://www.berkshirecf.org/

Charity Technology Trust


Co-operative Community Fund


Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation makes a large volume of grants every year to community projects, many of which rely on the time and goodwill of volunteers.

Greggs Foundation

Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need

We are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. 


Henry Smith Charity

The Strengthening Communities grant programme is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level

Heritage Lottery

Wide ranging support for all kinds of projects as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.


Lloyds TSB Foundation

Every year we make grants to hundreds of small and local charities, investing in their work helping people overcome complex social issues across England and Wales


Pocket Parks Plus

We are inviting applications from community groups interested establishing a new pocket park or refurbishing an existing park


Shanly Foundation

Lending a hand where needed in the community. The Shanly Foundation primarily supports good causes predominantly within Berkshire and other home counties.


Sport England Small Grants £300 – £10,000


Trusthouse Charitable Trust

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas

Tudor Trust

Tudor makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. We particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities


Veolia Environmental Trust

Support community and environmental causes


You are invited to attend CCB’s Annual General Meeting (and grab some brekkie too!)

This year we will be holding our AGM at the lovely Beech Hill Memorial Hall on Thursday 7th November. The AGM will commence at 9.30am and there will be the opportunity to much on a croissant and enjoy a hot cuppa whilst networking and hearing more about out work.

After the AGM we are excited to announce that there will be an Environmental Impact Conference taking place. The conference will be a brand new subject matter for us and more news will be available on this very soon.

If you are able to attend the AGM part of the day we are thrilled but please do drop Gemma a line to let her know of your attendance: Gemma.Pearce@ccberks.org.uk

CCB’s Annual Review 2019

Please click here to download our 2019 Annual Review, a look at our project outcomes and successes in the financial year of 2018-19. All of these projects continue in 2019-20 with gusto and we hope dear reader, that you can spare a couple of minutes to take a look and get back to us with any support you may need or questions you might have. Please call 0118 9612000 or e-mail admin@ccberks.org.uk.

A bit more about us

Connecting Communities in Berkshire (CCB) is an independent charity that has been operating across Berkshire for over 45 years. We are a registered charity (1056367) and one of 38 Rural Community Councils in England, a member of national network Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). We exist to support people who are interested in bringing about a better quality of life for the residents of Berkshire. Typically, we work with people that have a passion for their community and serve on parish councils, help to run their village hall, and volunteer with groups and clubs that bring people together whilst making a positive difference to society. To read our 2019 Annual Review please click here.

Village Halls Week 2020 – Join the celebration

Village Halls Week is a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers and the services they offer their communities. This year Village Halls Week 2019 gained substantial attention for village halls including being featured across 16 BBC stations.

Next year, Village Halls Week 2020 will run from Monday 20 January – Sunday 26 January 2020. If you would like to put the spotlight on your hall see our tips below on how to get involved. 

Share Your History

Thursday 23 January 2020

Share your hall’s history on social media using the hashtag #tbt and

#villagehallsweek. You could put up old pictures or past flyers, detail significant guests, share an old film or write an article on your history.

National Open Day

Saturday 25 January 2020

Next year there will be halls holding open days across all of England. This is a great opportunity to get new trustees, new user groups, boost community

engagement and get a visit from your local MP. 

Connecting Communities in Berkshire (your local ACRE Network member) will soon be able to provide you with a marketing pack. Make sure you register your interest using this link