Action for All Monthly E-bulletin

2020-21 Annual Review

Welcome to the July edition of our e-bulletin. We do hope you find it relevant and interesting.

Please take a look at our annual review which highlights our work as a charity and impact during the last year – we really hope you find it enlightening and would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our funders, trustees and team.

Much of our work and project delivery continues with gusto into 2021-22 so if there is anything of particular interest to you please do not hesitate to contact us on 0118 912000 or

Community Training Opportunities

Setting up a Community Land Trust

On Thursday 15th July 2021 at 1pm we are facilitating a free workshop, to be delivered by Collaborative Housing, on Community Land Trusts. The workshop will take place via Zoom, and registration is essential as places are limited:

Many communities are seeing their young people and essential workers priced out of local homes. Even where there is housing development it often doesn’t meet the needs of local people.

Some communities are taking back control and developing their own housing to meet the needs of their own communities, which will be protected as affordable housing for future generations.

This online workshop will provide a hands-on guide to starting up as a Community Land Trust and demonstrate how you might go about developing a project, hearing from successful local schemes. It will take you through the 5 key stages of forming a group, finding land, getting planning permission, building out the scheme and letting and managing the homes.

You can find out more about the support offered by Collaborative Housing by following this link.

A Walk from Every Hall: Walking for Health in West Berkshire

On Tuesday 20th July at 10.30am we are facilitating a workshop, to be delivered by Paul Graham, West Berkshire Walking for Health Coordinator. The workshop will take place via Zoom and registration is essential. Click on this link to register your interest.: This event is free to attend.

Join in with this event to learn about Health Walks, how you can set one up in your local area and the support available from your local Walking for Health coordinator.

Walking for Health walks have been happening in West Berkshire since the early 2000’s, with hundreds of local residents enjoying the benefits of regular physical activity and building friendships and community in their local area.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges for many people as well as showing us the powerful impact of communities coming together to support each other in testing times. Setting up a health walk can be a simple but effective way to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of your local community now and in the future.

The session will cover:

· An introduction to the role of Walking for Health coordinator in West Berkshire

· What Walking for Health is, and what Health Walks are

· What makes a good walk leader and how to become one

· The process of setting up a new walk

· Ongoing support available to walk leaders

· Case study: Mortimer Walking for Health group.

· Why you should consider setting up a health walk in your community

You can find out more about Walking for Health by following this link.

First Aid Training for Volunteers in Wokingham

Emergency First Aid Training for Volunteers - 1 SPACE left!

Mon, 12 July 2021. 09:30 – 16:30, Cost: £45 St James Church, Church Lane Finchampstead, RG40 4LU

This course is for anyone in Wokingham who volunteers and may need to have emergency first aid skills in the event of an incident.

About this event

This face-to-face course is for anyone who resides (or volunteers) in Wokingham Borough, volunteers and may need emergency first aid skills for their role or those who work in the voluntary/charity/public sector. For example volunteers at school activities, brownies, scout leaders, church leaders, village hall care takers, parish/town councils that run community events and community groups.

The 'Emergency First Aid at Work' course is delivered by a qualified tutor over 6 hours and is valid for 3 years. It covers treatments designed to provide basic life support until the Emergency Services arrive.

You will gain a Level 3 Certificate. Further details and a booking link can be found here:

Get Berkshire Active: Ever Active Programme

Ever Active sessions More sessions now GBA Ever Active programme expands the list of its sessions, both virtual and face-to-face.

FREE virtual online classes:

Mondays at 10am Chair Yoga with Sami –

Mondays at 11am Gentle Chair exercise with Debbie and Mandy from Mindset Massage –

Wednesdays at 11am Gentle Chair exercise with Kate –

Thursdays at 11am Gentle Chair exercise with Kate (This class will discontinue in July). Date TBC.

Fridays at 11.15am Gentle Chair exercise with Hayley –

If you know anyone who needs help accessing or booking the above online classes please contact our Ever Active Ageing Officer Kate KATE.WIGGINS@GETBERKSHIREACTIVE.ORG

GDPR Update Training

Tuesday 13 July at 10am to 10.45am Online

Is your charity fully compliant with GDPR? This training arrange by Volunteer Centre West Berkshire invites you to join charity law specialists Emma Ladd and Penny Wright of Gardner Leader solicitors, who will be giving an update on data protection laws affecting charities, and how things have changed post-Brexit.

For further information and booking information please click on this link:

CCB’s Energy Advice Project

Top tip from our Project Co-ordinator and Energy Advice Expert Helen Dean; “The Priority Services Register is the best number to call for low-income families (with young children), who need to contact their electricity, gas or water supplier to sort out any issues around billing or debt. These dedicated call centres have staff who are used to dealing with vulnerable customers. I’ve given many of the families I’ve advised this number for their supplier, to sort out issues”

Priority Services Register

Please contact Helen at if you have a family to refer for telephone advice.

Community Buildings; Local success story of Cookham Deans Village Hall

June marked the 1st Anniversary of Cookham Deans Village Hall Metre Market initiative

Started during the pandemic, it was a way of opening the Hall as it provided local essential food services. The Metre Market hosts a variety of mainly food stalls from local suppliers.

The market enabled the Village Hall to hire out its space whilst offering great local food to local people during a very challenging year. Another benefit of the market is that it supports local businesses and self-employed people. The market has even supported several new startups. Meter Market is now extending its reach and opening at Holyport Memorial Hall. METRE MARKET @ HOLYPORT A weekly Local Produce Market promoting local fresh produce metres from your door. After a successful eight-week trial the market will now continue to run every Saturday morning from 9.00am to 1.00pm.

What a great initiative!

For more information visit;

Digitally Connected Communities

One of the many aspects of our lives that has changed over the last 18 months or so is our use of digital services and technology. The pace of change has been accelerated through necessity, with home-working, shielding and self-isolation bringing about changes in the way that we connect with other people, both professionally and socially. Some of these changes may be temporary, allowing us to revert to pre-pandemic ways of connecting with each other over the coming weeks and months, but others will be permanent, leading to these new habits and the use of digital tools becoming the norm.

CCB are really interested in learning about how easy it is to get access to affordable and reliable:

· Digital services (internet and mobile connectivity)

· Digital skills (helping people learn about technologies new to them, such as video-conferencing)

· Digital devices (smart phones, tablets and laptops)

We are keen to hear about community initiatives that help people that don’t have access to the internet to get online, such as Wi-Fi in public spaces, and projects that help people develop new digital skills and confidence in safely using digital tools and devices.

For people involved with running community buildings, Kate Meads has created a very short questionnaire, which can be found here:

We understand that digital connectivity in rural communities is more difficult than in urban areas, and that people living in rural areas face greater challenges in accessing and using digital services. However, we are making it our mission to understand what a fully digitally-connected rural community looks like and the role that CCB can play in helping rural communities achieve that vision.

If you would like to share with us what already takes place in your community, or tell us of your ambitions for creating a new digital hub, or if there is a need to help local people learn new skills, please contact Tim Parry at

Funding News

Funding Opportunities for Community Groups & Voluntary Organisations in July

Please find useful and relevant funding opportunities available this month - thanks goes to Berkshire’s CVS’s for information contained in this article; Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, Bracknell and Wokingham InVOLve and Slough CVS. Please click on headings for further information about each funding stream.

Bringing Communities Back Together

The ‘Bringing Communities Back Together’ grant will provide financial aid to local groups in two phases. Phase 1 July – September and phase 2 October – December; either through a celebration event (following social distancing guidelines) or by getting their activities and services back on track. Groups who cannot physically be back together, but whose activities are still open and available to the community, may also be included in this award. Groups may apply for one grant only to the maximum value of £1,000 and minimum of £250 per grant.

New Fund: Magic Little Grants

The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charities and community groups that are either in their first year of operation or have an annual income under £250k the opportunity to apply for a £500 grant.

The aim of the Magic Little Grants Fund is to support organisations to access a grant by completing a short application form. Organisations also receive access to the Localgiving online fundraising platform and benefit from online fundraising training and support from our team.

Next Deadline: 31st October 2021

Local Connections Fund

Small grassroots charities and community groups (below £50,000 income) can apply for grants of £300 – £2,500 to tackle loneliness from this National Lotteries Community Fund scheme.

Let’s Get Active Fund

West Berkshire Council have partnered with Greenham Trust to offer the Let’s Get Active Fund (LGAF) to improve access to physicalactivities in West Berkshire. Applications are now open as part of the district’s recovery from Covid-19.

Support for Education, Employability, Homelessness, Health, Wellbeing, The Environment & Sustainability

The DWF Foundation provides funds, resources and support to help communities achieve their full potential. They support charities workingwithin the topics of education, employability, homelessness, health, wellbeing, the environment and sustainability.

Funding for the Restoration of Historic Buildings

Not-for-profit organisations, such as charitable incorporated organisations, community interest companies and parish and town councils can apply for grants of up to £350,000 towards the capital costs of restoring redundant or underused historic buildings in Town Centres for the benefit of the local community. The funding is being made available through the Transformational Project Grants scheme which is administered by the Architectural Heritage Fund.

National Heritage Memorial Fund – COVID-19 Response Fund

Grants are available to community and public sector organisations in the UK for projects to protect nationally important heritage assets that are at risk due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Prince’s Countryside Fund – Barclays 100x100UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund

Funding for farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience.

Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good Fund

Grants are available for local community groups, charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises in the UK for projects that have a positive impact on communities, people, or the environment.

Postcode Society Trust – South of England

Grants are available for smaller charities and good causes in the south of England.

£500k available for ‘CIL’ Community Group Bids

West Berkshire Council; Second round of CiL bid process

West Berkshire District Council (WBDC) is now accepting bids for Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. Up to £500,000 has been set aside to be used to “ensure sustainable services through innovation and partnerships” by allocating funding for community groups to bid to support the Adopted Local Plan and Infrastructure Delivery Plan Implications and Impact Assessment. This allocation will come from the 10% strategic CIL pot allocated for ‘Other Services.’

Berkshire News

Slough Borough: Council Pauses Non-Essential Spending Following Section 114 Notice On 2nd July Slough Borough Council has announced it will be pausing non-essential spending, in response to a report by the Director of Finance into the state of the council’s finances, known as a Section 114 Notice.

In addition, the council has formally notified the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) of the Section 114 Notice and will be seeking financial support from the Ministry.

The move follows months of action by the council to gain a full understanding of, and begin to tackle, the financial challenges it is facing, and detailed discussions on moves to match council resources with demand for services. For the rest of this article please click here.

Bracknell Forest: Volunteer Pool Mail-Outs Scheduled for July & August. Have you been thinking about getting involved more in your community this summer? Why not try swapping one of your scheduled lazy weekends with a few hoursof fun and productive community action?! The Bracknell Forest Volunteer Pool is still up and running and we've been sending out lots of great events and opportunities for people to get involved with! Sign up to receive our emails to discover any future volunteering tasks or events! Or check out some of the previous campaigns that we've sent out to get inspired!

West Berkshire: Have your say about a new Community Cafe On 30 June 2021, permission was granted at West Berkshire Council’s Western Area Planning Committee for Newbury Town Council’s (NTC) plans for a new Community Café in Victoria Park. The community café is intended to operate all the year round making it a community hub and focal point in the Park.

The café is estimated to cost from £400,000 to £450,000, of which £150,000 will be provided from NTC’s reserves and accumulated community infrastructure levies. NTC is considering borrowing up to £300,000 towards the cost of the café. To read the rest of this article from Penny Post please click here.

Wokingham Borough: Relaunching Mindful Health & Wellbeing Programme
Wokingham Public Health have just relaunched their Mindful Health and Wellbeing programme, aiming to combat mental health struggles through sport and physical activity. With a vast range of activities on offer, the Mindful Health and Wellbeing programme is run in a relaxed environment and designed to suit all needs and abilities. You can follow the classes at your own pace or join in a fun challenge, competing with other players and teams alike. Choose from Pilates, badminton, Zumba, open gym, circuits, stretch and relax activities or table tennis. You do need a referral from your GP or mental health professional to join the scheme. Find out more by clicking here.

Reading: Citizens Advice Reading and ReadiFood campaign to highlight food poverty – #EatFor20. Take part in #EatFor20 from 17 to 23 July 2021

A new joint campaign from Citizens Advice Reading and ReadiFood is asking people to live on £20 for a week this summer, in order to highlight the need for continuing the £20 Covid-related uplift to Universal Credit (UC).

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the £20 a week benefit boost until the end of September, in a bid to help UC claimants who may be struggling financially during the pandemic. However, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey recently signalled that the extra money may be stopped before the winter.

Now Citizens Advice Reading and ReadiFood’s combined drive is asking people to live on £20 for a week – the sum someone living on UC might have to survive on, after paying rent and bills. This £20 needs to cover all living costs, for example all travel, as well as food cost. To read the rest of this article please click here.

RURAL: Without affordable housing, rural communities are at risk of becoming lifeless, dormitory settlements

This week has been #RuralHousing Week and in this article Phillip Vincent, ACRE’s (Action with Communities in Rural England) Communications Manager, provides a view on the need for the government to get behind communities and deliver affordable homes in the countryside.

Recently, there has been growing alarm about Covid-related urban flight to the countryside, where housing stock is hoovered up by home workers or purchased as holiday lets or second homes.

Rightly, critics point to consequences such as the upward pressure on house prices, the inability of local residents to compete with this, the loss of younger generations, and the possibility of some villages in more attractive areas becoming empty during the week which in turn impacts on the viability of local shops and services.

It is too simplistic however, to put the blame on wealthier individuals desiring a better life in the sticks or to say the solution is to put an end to second homes or limit the available housing stock to people who have a connection to the local area. The issue runs much deeper and one which is about to be magnified as part of the government’s proposal to up-end the planning system.

The truth is, there has been a longstanding under-supply of new homes in the countryside, particularly those that are affordable to local residents. Successive governments have failed to address this, either through planning reforms or subsidy. In 2019, just 5,558 new affordable homes were built in villages with a population less than 3,000, whilst 80% of completions were private sector dwellings.

It is unsurprising then that the situation appears to be coming to a head at a time when people are spending more time at home and cannot travel overseas. England’s rural areas have many attractions for those seeking more space. To read the rest of this article from Phillip please click here.

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