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Welcome to Connecting Communities in Berkshire monthly e-bulletin full of community training opportunities, funding and Berkshire based news.

We hope you are all staying well and safe during these times. Best wishes Gemma, Tim, Helen & Kate

Due to recent events we have had to change the way we deliver our adult community learning training programme as it is no longer possible to do this face-to-face in the current environment. Please see below to read more about a couple of Funding related webinars that we are delivering soon in partnership with Volunteer Centre West Berkshire.

We also have plans to deliver online training support to Village Hall and Community Building Trustees that wish to apply for the Quality Standard Hallmark. We will also be bringing you an online training opportunity in May for anyone interested in learning more about Community Led Housing. Community-led housing is housing built on a not-for-profit basis by a community to meet its own needs. There are a number of different approaches to community-led housing, all resulting in homes built for the community but with different processes and levels of involvement.  This short online course will enable participants to understand the differences between the various models of community-led housing. It is aimed at anyone from both rural and urban communities interested in exploring the options for providing affordable housing for people with a connection to their community. If you are interested in this or have ideas for other community based courses that you wish to see delivered online please get in touch with
FREE funding webinars – access online training opportunites from the comfort of your own home.

CCB and VCWB are pleased to be able to bring you two bite size funding webinars that you can access from the comfort of your own desk. Please find details below to register please click on the relevant link, if you would like to attend both you will need to complete a registration form for both.

Thursday 30th April, 11am – 11.45am. Hints and Tip to Improve Funding Bids
Please join us online for this bite size Funding webinar and for the opportunity to learn some useful hints and tips to improve your future funding bids. This sessions is support by Adult Community Learning West Berkshire.

Sara Hanson, Volunteer Sector Support Officer at Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is presenting. VCWB provides free impartial information advice and guidance about volunteering in West Berkshire. Sara is an experienced bid writer, evaluatior and trainer. Sara will be covering general useful hints and tips to consider when preparing funding forms and applications. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and the training session will also on touch on where to find other funding resources.

To book please complete this form:

Thursday 7th May, 11am – 11.45am. Funding for Community Buildings
This funding webinar run by Kate Meads, Community Buildings Advisor at CCB, will cover funding opportunities available to Community Buildings and Village Halls
This session with cover;
• UPDATE on Government support for Village Halls, Community Buildings and Small Community Businesses (Covid 19)
• Funding opportunities for Community Buildings & Village Halls
• Community owned businesses
• Playing fields
• Q & A’s
All you need to access this webinar is access to the internet and a computer/laptop or tablet.
To attend please book your place by completing this booking form:
For anyone that finds they have some unexpected free time on your hands due to the current pandemic please click on the links below to learn from Wokingham Adult Community Learning to help you learn some new skills!

Wokingham Borough Council Adult Education
BBC Bite size
BBC Learning English website
Open University
Good things Foundation
British Council Teens
British Council
UFI Charity
Cambridge resources
Energy suppliers help for those on pre-pay meters who need to self-isolate, or who are struggling to pay bills.

Regulator Ofgem has written to all energy suppliers, saying it expects them to “take proactive measures to support prepayment meter customers, including customers in vulnerable circumstances.” Also, the Government is working with suppliers and the Citizens Advice charity to develop guidelines for energy companies, covering topping up prepayment meters, as well as options for those who could struggle to pay their bills if income reduces.

Here’s a link to a great article by Money Saving Expert that explains the help available, and gives phone numbers and details for suppliers:

They stated ‘Providers told us they will look at issues related to coronavirus on a case-by-case basis, but many told us they’d consider pushing back bill due dates, offer alternative payment arrangements and remove debt charges for late payment. So if you are having issues, make sure you contact your supplier as soon as possible.’

Energy Saving Tips when you are stuck at home:

For further funding news that came out over Easter:
Community Building Advice

Statement from Allied Westminster
Coronavirus and Village Halls:
  • Loss of revenue cover comes into force only after damage to property caused by an insured peril. It is designed to cover loss of income when the hall is closed for a period of time in order for repairs to be carried out. Unfortunately, if the hall has to be closed due to a breakout of the virus, no property damage has occurred so there is no business interruption cover in place. 
  • Property insurers would not cover closure due to pandemic.
Protecting Your Village/Community Hall at this time:
  • Halls may become unoccupied or operate on a significantly reduced level, and this increases the risk of losses. 
  • If your hall is running on a significantly reduced basis, and especially unoccupied due to the pandemic, letting your insurers know, and keeping them informed of any developments, is essential. 
  • It is essential that you let your insurer or policy administrator have a second and ideally third contact in the event of an insurable loss, allowing them to process the claim with an authorised and recognised person (GDPR!) 
  • This will help speed along any claims and avoid hold-ups. This is especially important right now when key contacts may suffer as a result of the illness.
  • There are some considerations that should be kept in mind to protect their assets and people: 
  • Risk assessments must be carried out on the changing risk/lack of supervision in place
  •  Heating left ‘ticking-over’ but other critical services powered down if not required, unless to support protection or detection systems
  •  All external areas must be clear of waste and combustible materials
  •  Consider waste build-up and the controls needed if waste collection services are affected
  •  All fire protection, detection, and security systems to remain active and monitored remotely where possible
  •  Maintenance on all protection and/or detection systems (where in place) must be a priority to protect the property
  •  All physical security and locking devices are working and in place
  •  There are no leaking fluids or spills
How do we support people who are lonely and isolated during COVID-19?
The impacts of coronavirus mean that people who are already lonely and isolated are even more vulnerable during the outbreak, while others who need to self isolate may be experiencing loneliness for the first time, however temporary it may be.

It’s important to recognise what support these people need, and how it can be delivered to them. We are working closely with community groups, charities, local authorities and the health and social care sector to provide as much information as possible on how best to reach people experiencing loneliness at this time.

Looking after each other
Making a positive response to coronavirus as a community and as individuals is vital.

The British Red Cross has launched a campaign, setting out simple ways we can all be kind to our neighbours – and ourselves – including connecting with each other and staying in touch.

The BBC ran a story (18 March) about how to help the rural elderly who are even more isolated at this time as they are often far from their families. It’s a wonderful example of how a community is working together to help each other through a difficult situation.

Read the blog from Campaign to End Loneliness which gives a moving insight into the impact that isolation during the outbreak could have on the nation’s older people, and suggests ways in which people can keep connected.

If you’re working from home, the Loneliness Lab has put together a great piece on loneliness and home working.
Courtesy of Community First Yorkshire

Family life during lockdown

The current Coronavirus pandemic is placing new and unexpected pressures on us all – not least the sudden changes it’s brought to everyday family life.

Research from a range of agencies show that the stay-at-home and social isolation guidelines are putting huge pressures on family life. Parents and carers are struggling with concerns around jobs, budgets, health and the welfare of family members whilst children are finding the constraints of suddenly being confined to the house, away from school and friends, a real challenge. A document has been produced through a partnership with the local NHS, local authorities and the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership and it features the best and most reliable sources of support and information from national agencies and more local organisations. Click here to download.
Volunteering during Cornoavirus

We are really pleased to see so many communities across the county coming together in their village, town or parishes hour of need to organise shopping, prescription delivery and support for the elderly and vulnerable. Many of these have been organised organically and on a local level but if you are interested in getting involved with offering others support and don't know where to turn to may we suggest that you get in touch with you local excellent Council for Voluntary Services. Please find links below depending on where in the county you live.
Coronavirus: 300% surge in rural fly-tipping incidents

Rural fly-tipping incidents have soared following the closure of council tips due to coronavirus, with more people dumping waste on farmland and country lanes.

The Countryside Alliance said incidents had surged by 300% in some areas – with an unacceptable impact on rural communities and the countryside.

Fly-tipping was not a victimless crime, it added – costing private landowners upwards of £47m a year to clear up waste. To read more on this article from Farmers Weekly please click here.
Funding Opportunities in April 2020 - please click on title for further information.

The Shanly Foundation
The Shanly Foundation has set up a Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund of £150,000 to help organisations who are working directly against the Covid-19 pandemic. 

England and Wales Cricket Board funding
Cricket clubs and leagues can now apply to two funding schemes designed to help them through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Morrisons’ Foundation COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund
The Foundation has pledged £500,000 towards the Homeless Support Fund.  The fund is designed to support registered charities caring for the homeless during the coronavirus emergency and ensure help gets to those who need it most. 

Support Adoption for Pets
They support charities and not-for-profit organisations whose main activity is either the rescue and rehoming of UK pets or the provision of temporary support to ensure pets can remain with their owners. They give grants up to £10,000.

Schroder Charity Trust
Grants up to £5,000 are available for UK charities supporting education, communities, the environment, health, arts and culture, international development, heritage, and the armed forces.

Alpkit Foundation
Grants up to £500 are available for individuals or organisations serving those affected by the Covid 19 emergency.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has launched its Coronavirus Response Fund to support smaller charities during the Covid-19 outbreak. The £100,000 fund will make donations of £250 to £2,000 to charities that are helping UK communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tesco Bags of Help
Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.
Grants of up to £10,000 to help young people support each other during bereavement. Express an interest before 12pm (noon) on 31 July 2020.

The Yapp Charitable Trust – core funding for small charities
The Yapp Charitable Trust has invited small UK charities affected by the impact of Covid-19 to apply for grants of up to £3,000.

BCF Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Funding – applications open
Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) have launched their Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Funding to support groups in Berkshire who are working with those most affected by the impact of coronavirus. You can find more information on the BCF website. The funding is open for applications from 31 March 2020.

Arts Council England creates £160m emergency fund
Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the Covid-19 crisis.

Persimmon Community Champions Support Organisations Working with the over 70’s
Each of the Persimmons 31 businesses and head office are giving up to £2000 each every month. From 1st April for the foreseeable future, donations will focus on organisationsPersimmon has a Thames Valley office with an operating area which covers Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and West Sussex.  Persimmon has current developments at Winnersh, Bracknell and Thatcham and has built retirement homes in Wokingham and Maidenhead.      

Co-op Community Dividend Fund
Deadline: 24th April, 2020
Grants are available to support local causes and make a positive difference across the central region of England.

Souter Charitable Trust
Deadline: 24th April, 2020
Grants are available to registered charities for projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in the UK or overseas, particularly those with a Christian emphasis and ethos.

A B Charitable Trust
Deadline: 26th April, 2020
Grants are available for small to medium-sized charities registered and working in the UK that defend human rights and promote respect for vulnerable individuals in the UK.

AHF Transforming Places Through Heritage Programme – Project Development Grants
Deadline: 27th April, 2020
Grants are available for charities and social enterprises in England to help fund development costs of projects that will create alternative uses for redundant or underused, community-owned historic buildings in town centres.

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) – Project Development Grants
Deadline: 27th April, 2020
Grants are available for not-for-profit organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to cover some of the costs of developing and coordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

Awards for Young Musicians
Deadline: 27th April, 2020
Grants are available for the UK’s most talented young instrumentalists in any genre, aged five to 17 years of age who, because of financial need, may be prevented from fulfilling their creative potential.

Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust – Early Years’ Preventative Work
Deadline: 28th April, 2020
Grants are available for registered charities to support work that will improve the life chances of some of the most disadvantaged children (aged 0-3 years) in England and Wales by investing in early intervention and preventative work.

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If you haven’t signed up to support us yet, it’s easy and completely FREE. These donations really help us, so it would be great if you could take a moment to get started!

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Thank you!
Post Office makes access to cash products available faster to help self-isolating individuals during coronavirus pandemic

Post Office makes access to cash products available faster
‘Payout Now’ – a voucher based product sent by SMS text, email or post to self-isolating customer who can share it with a trusted individual to withdraw cash on their behalf
‘Fast PACE’ – a service that allows a customer to arrange for a trusted individual to collect the cheque from them, cash it at Post Office, and return with the cash.
Customers of UKs banks, building societies, credit unions need access to cash simply and speedily during this national emergency more here, and here;
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