Surviving Winter appeal from Berkshire Community Foundation

Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) are running their Surviving Winter appeal – asking people who are able to make a donation to the Surviving Winter Fund, to help local vulnerable people living in fuel poverty. Click this link to donate :

CCB has run projects with funding from this crucial funding stream that directly benefits those struggling to pay energy bills in Berkshire. Read more about that here:

NEW: Training opportunity for Parent & Carers in Wokingham to learn life saving skills

Would you know what to do if your child was ill or had an accident?

Parents and carers in Wokingham have the opportunity to book on this informative and interactive two hour workshop, facilitated by local charity Connecting Communities in Berkshire, supported by the Wokingham BC Adult Community Learning team.

Babies and children cannot be wrapped in cotton wool but you can have the skills to help them if they need it. In just 2 hours, learn what to do in the vital minutes whilst you are waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

The Tutor is Rachel and she is a qualified first aid teacher from Ladybird First Aid. Places MUST be booked.

Dates & Venue

Saturday 15th February, 9.30 – 11.30am at Finchampstead Childrens Centre. Places MUST be booked and paid for (Cost £12 per person incl VAT):

Tuesday 24th March, 9.30 – 11.30am at Brambles Children’s Centre.

These necessary skills could save your baby or child’s life.

The class covers baby and child first aid from birth to puberty (+/- 11 years old) and includes the following:

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Recovery Position
Burns and Scalds
Febrile Convulsions
Bumps & Head Injuries
plus lots more…
All attendees of the 2 hour class receive a certificate of attendance. Babes in arms (under 1) are welcome on classes.

Funding Opportunities in December

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust grants

The Trust was established to encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled.

The Trustees will consider grant applications related to the provision of leisure activities for the disabled but favour particularly applications whereby the potential beneficiaries meet one or all of the following criteria:

  • The potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users
  • Improved access for wheelchair users is proposed
  • A sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed

Applications meeting the above criteria will be considered from charitable organisations. Applications on behalf of individuals will only be accepted through a charitable organisation or equivalent recognised body
All applications should be submitted together with appropriate financial information. 

Find out more about the Bruce Wake Charitable Trust grants

BBC Children in Need main grants

BBC Children in Need has made changes to the main grants programme to make it quicker, simpler and clearer.

Not-for-profit organisations that work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 and under in the UK can apply. Organisations must have been active for at least three years and have an income under £2million. 

Grants over £10,000 per year are available to support projects for up to three years.  Capital or building projects are not eligible for funding.

The deadline is 13 January 2020.

Find out more about BBC Children in Need main grants

YOR4Good Fund

Funding to support local voluntary and community organisations undertaking small scale projects which will benefit local communities within the area covered by the YORhub Frameworks. For more information please click here.

Climate Action Fund
Deadline: 18th December, 2019
Grants are available for community-led partnerships in the UK to make changes in their community that they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

Greggs Foundation Community Grants – open until 23 February 2020

Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2000.

Who should apply?

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/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 your community. They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work. Further details can be found by clicking here.

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Hospice Grants

Widening Access
Grants of up to £35,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months. The grants will seek to address inequality and widen access to hospice care for people experiencing homelessness (or who are vulnerably housed) and people with learning disabilities.
Deadline: 27 January 2020. See link for guidance and how to apply:

The Nineveh Charitable Trust: Countryside & Environment
Schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding for projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Grants are normally less than £5000 per year for 1 to 3 years.  To apply see to apply.

The Wakeham Trust
Support for small volunteer organisations that meet the needs or benefit the community.  The trust helps projects that are too new to get support through established funding channels, or which are threatened by national or local policy changes. It generally provides an initial £125 to £2,500 where it can make a real difference. Organisations be registered charities or work with or be supported by a charity who would initially provide a holding account.

Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available for registered charities to support community based projects that relieve suffering, hardship or poverty. They are usually for items of capital expenditure which will directly help those in need.

The deadline is 10 February 2020.

Find out more about Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation

National Garden Scheme – Community Gardens Award
Deadline: 31st December, 2019
Grants are available to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project with horticultural focus for the benefit of their local community.

GEM Road Safety Charity Grants
Deadline: 31st December, 2019
Grants are available to support road safety projects which help to improve the safety of all road users throughout the UK through research, education, engineering or enforcement.

Pocket Parks 2019/2020
Deadline: 31st December, 2019
One-off grants are available for community-led organisations working in partnership with their local authority to create new pocket parks or bringing existing green spaces up to a safe, usable and inviting standard.

Information courtesy of Wokingham & Bracknell Involve, Slough CVS, West Berkshire Volunteer Centre and Reading Voluntary Action. Thank you!

Winter Pressures Pilot in Wokingham

Involve Wokingham has secured some short term funding to trial an expansion of the Community Navigation scheme. Community Navigation is all about signposting. They can provide information to people (professionals and the public) about services, charities, groups etc. that may have information, advice, activities that can help them.

The Winter Pressures pilot is a short term project that will attempt to take Community Navigation a step further. Taking a more proactive approach, this pilot aims to keep Wokingham Borough residents safe and well over winter in their own homes. We can undertake Community Navigation and go further with a range of areas, such as heating, food, health issues and social isolation and link the client up to relevant help and support, encouraging them to be as independent as possible.

Winter can be a challenging time and we hope that by providing regular phone and face to face support, we can help reduce the stress on other statutory services.

If you know someone or are working with someone who would benefit from an additional helping hand over the winter period or to find out more about the Winter Pressures Pilot please contact:
Hannah Ellis: 01344 304404 or (08:30—16:30 – Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri

Sound advice on staying warm this winter.

Cold Weather Public Health Messages

Keep the warmth in by :
Fitting draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors

Making sure you have loft insulation. And if you have cavity walls, make sure they are insulated too

Insulating your hot water cylinder and pipes

Drawing your curtains at dusk to help keep heat generated inside your rooms

Making sure your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains

Heating your home to at least 18°C in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing

Keeping your home well ventilated to help prevent condensation and damp

Ensuring you use your electric blanket as instructed but don’t use a hot water bottle with it

Making sure you do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home; there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

Making sure you have a supply of heating oil or LPG or sold fuel if you are not on mains gas or electricity

Cold Weather Plan – Public Health England
Cold weather messages for carers of young children
Cold Weather Public Health Messages
Age UK – Keeping Warm this Winter