NEW: Fire Safety & Risk Assessment Training for Community Buildings

Don’t miss this fantastic training opportunity and networking event for volunteers and groups that run community buildings and village halls in Berkshire.

With funding cuts and a huge squeeze on resources we know we are very fortunate to have secured the offer of Fire Safety training / Fire Risk assessment advice from the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service on Thursday 8th November at The Barn, Purley on Thames from 10am.

This may be a ‘one off’ opportunity to update the safeguarding of your premises and those who use it. So please book your place and don’t miss out! To book a place please click here.

The training will cover:
 Practical session on Risk Assessing your community building
 National guidance in Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Small and Medium Places of Assembly.
 Using community buildings as Emergency Rest Centres
 Emergency Rest Centre – case study – what happened when our facility was used during an emergency

 Focus on maximum occupancy
 Opportunity to put Q & A’s to the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue

This training is vital for anyone that is involved involved with running a building – Village Hall, Community building/centre, Church Hall, Scout Hall etc.

This training is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning.

Help Families on Low Incomes stay warm this winter – Vote for Us!

The Community Council for Berkshire’s (CCB) is hoping to bag a cash boost to help families on low incomes stay warm this winter.

CCB’s has been shortlisted by the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to help tackle fuel poverty in low income families, by giving essential advice, guidance, and support to reduce their gas and electricity bills.

CCB’s Family Home Energy Advice Project tackles fuel poverty in low income families, giving them the skills and confidence they need to reduce their gas and electricity bills, through a variety of measures, enabling them to cut costs.

The funding from Tesco’s Bags for Help will enable CCB to deliver 1:1 drop-in advice sessions, targeting low-income families, at groups for families and children at Children’s Centres and other venues in West Berkshire and Slough.

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Mother & Baby Group at The Curve Library in Slough

On evaluation, 72% of families say they will go on to compare costs and switch after a 1:1 consultation with Helen Dean, who co-ordinates this project.

Energyhelpline, a switching website, stated in December 2017 that during 2017 customers switching supplier saved an average of £217. Helen is also able to inform low-income families with young children of the Warm Home Discount of £140 they can claim. Advice is also given on grants for insulation and boiler repairs for low income families, and ways families can reduce the electricity they use at home.

Feedback from families after receiving a 1:1 advice session include:

“Great information for families” 

“Really useful advice and encouraged me to check my current deal”

“Money is tight as I am on maternity leave. I never thought I could save money by switching. I will be looking into comparing costs for my gas and electricity this evening.”

“These kind of sessions are so helpful – we don’t often get a chance to stop and think”

Along with the Family Home Energy Advice Project, two other local projects have been shortlisted by Tesco.

The winning project will receive £4,000, the runner-up £2,000 and third-placed scheme will receive £1,000.

From 1st September customers at the Newbury Tesco Extra, on Pinchington Lane and customers and in Slough at Tesco Extra Slough, Farnham Common express, Iver Heath Express and Wexham Road Express will be able to collect tokens when they pay for their shopping, and vote in store.

Tesco head of community Alec Brown said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community.

“There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Hurst Morris People are inviting everyone to their free and friendly taster sessions.

Hurst Morris People are inviting everyone to their free and friendly taster sessions.

Squire (leader) Karen Ricketts said: “Reasons to come include: lots of fun, easy to learn dances, great live music and exercise that beats the gym.

“Then there’s a home-made cake break and a pub visit afterwards.

“Men and women, dancers and musicians are welcome. No experience of morris is needed.

We’re from all backgrounds and age groups.”

The tasters are on Thursdays September 20 and 27 from 8-10pm at Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst. RG10 0DR.

New dancer Mel, said: “When I went to the taster sessions last year I simply thought it would be a novel way to spend an evening.

“Little did I realise that several months later I would be dressed in full kit, dancing in front of the public!

“For the first two or three months of practice I kept doubting my ability. The enthusiastic, patient and friendly welcome I received each week kept me going back.

“If you are s even lightly intrigued about Morris dancing, I would encourage you to come to a taster session. It’s good fun, sociable and a great way of keeping fit!

E-mail Karen at: or or phone Sue: 0776 1222 390.

More details are at and www.

Grants of up to £10k up for grabs!

Grants up to £10k are available to support Berkshire. Charities and groups are being invited to apply for funds by local granting charity Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF).

Seven funds are now receiving applications which cover a huge scoop of issues and projects in Berkshire. The money will support people of all ages struggling with disadvantage.

The BCF campaign fund Vital for Berkshire is one of those included. This fund is raising money to support those with issues that prevent them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment.

Another, Give a Child a Chance, funds children living in Berkshire facing disadvantage and those living with disabilities.

Applications are open now until October to apply go to

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Training from Wokingham Volunteer Centre: Volunteer Management Workshop

Volunteer Management Workshop

Date: Wednesday 17th October 2018

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm

Location: Wokingham Volunteer Centre, 10, Denton Road, Wokingham RG40 2DX

Cost: £20, including light lunch and course materials; £25 for groups outside Wokingham Borough

Groups that depend on volunteers can maximise their effectiveness by paying attention to every aspect of volunteer management!

Join this workshop to learn more about good practice in recruitment, induction, development of roles and policies, valuing volunteers, volunteers and the law, volunteering on benefits and dealing with problems – all designed to help your group find and keep good volunteers for longer.

Course materials will include specimen documents and templates that can be used to generate your own.

Please register direct with Christine or Helena at the Volunteer Centre

Tel. 0118 977 0749 or email