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

Health and Wellbeing is the biggest issue facing communities in Berkshire, according to our ongoing survey into what matters most to people (please see below if you have yet to complete it!). We asked CCB's Chair Sarah Morland to reflect on this.  

"I don't know about you but I'm finding Lockdown2 a bit harder than the first lockdown. For me it's important to be active and enjoy the beautiful countryside in West Berkshire. I can walk in the woods and have a chat with other dog walkers. I notice the lovely autumn colours, and get some exercise all at the same time. Connection, Noticing and Being Active are 3 of the 5 ways to wellbeing. My local village has regular health walks (although not at the moment). There is a telephone befriending service and neighbours help each other out by shopping, chatting on doorsteps and checking how people are. There are lots of people already acting as local Community Organisers; local people who spend time listening to others can make a difference in their villages and on their street. I hope that Community Organisers Berkshire will give the opportunity for local people to share what they are doing to make a difference in their communities."

If you'd like to know more about Community Organisers Berkshire or get involved, please contact Tim Parry at tim.parry@ccberks.org.uk 

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by the New Economics Foundation in 2008. Since then, many organisations have used them to illustrate how easy it is for us all to spend a little time improving our mental health and supporting others. For more information, see below or visit the New Economics Foundation website. (https://neweconomics.org/2020/03/five-ways-to-wellbeing-at-a-time-of-social-distancing

Connect…

With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be active…
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. 

Take notice…
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning…
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

Give…
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
How to cope with loneliness.

If you're facing feelings of loneliness during Lockdown 2 or indeed on a regular or irregular basis you may find the article below from @GoodThinking useful.

Two in five adults in the UK felt lonely during the first coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, according to research by the British Red Cross. Limited social contact has increased feelings of loneliness and many people worry this could get worse in the future.

The UK Government is helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak through its #LetsTalkLoneliness initiative. It includes tips such as:
  • Keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours
  • Ask for help if you need shopping, medicine or are feeling lonely
  • Set a routine with online activities, regular tasks or volunteering
As Deborah Alsina MBE, Chief Executive of Independent Age and Chair of the Campaign to End Loneliness, says, “Even before COVID-19, millions of people in the UK were experiencing loneliness. The lockdown, while necessary, has exacerbated this problem, particularly for older people, who are more likely to live alone, and less likely to be internet users.”

There are lots of charities and other organisations available to help if you feel lonely. This blog by the Campaign to End Loneliness provides useful guidance for older people on what to do if you’re feeling lonely during self-isolation. The Mix and YoungMinds offer advice for young people who are experiencing loneliness.

To access other useful telephone numbers and website resources please click here.
 
Help low income families save money on their energy bills this winter

A reminder to book your place on Connecting Communities in Berkshire’s FREE online webinar on Energy Advice & Awareness Training taking place on Tuesday 24th November from 10am – 12pm. The training will be run by CCB’s Energy Expert Helen Dean and full details including how to book can be found below.

As we are in second lockdown, head towards winter and we are sadly facing increased risk of further redundancies/unemployment more people will find themselves at home using their energy. This course aims to help the people that support low income families and individuals improve their knowledge on what can be done to cut home energy bills and the support/grants that are available.

About this Event
This course aims to provide training, advice and useful information to practitioners and volunteers that work with low income and vulnerable individuals, including families, those with long term health conditions and the elderly.

The sessions will ensure learners know and understand;

* The definition of fuel poverty, and how to advise and support the clients you work with
* How to compare costs and switch supplier to get the best deal;
* The discounts available to those on low incomes
* Funding for insulation and boiler improvements for low income households from 3 sources
* How to reduce costs by reducing energy usage
* Information on the Priority Services Register
* How best to deal with debt and support available
* Useful sources of further information

Places are booked on a first come, first served basis. To book your place please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-advice-awareness-webinar-tickets-125020753439
Hallmark Level 1 Training Webinar - 9th December, 10.30am - 12.30pm - for trustees of village halls and community buildings

Hallmark Levels 1 – 3 are quality standard marks for Village Halls & Community Buildings

They demonstrate to your Community and stakeholders (e.g. Insurance Companies, banks & funders) that your building meets the basic standards (L1) through to exceptional standards (L3) of quality provision.

They also act as an internal audit to reassure Trustees/Management Committees that they are meeting legal obligations and serving the community as directed by their constitution.

Come along to HALLMARK 1 training to achieve your Level 1 Certificate.

The aim of Hallmark is to:

• Establish good practice

• Encourage improvement in established customs and procedures

• Gain recognition for obtaining good standards in management of the hall

Hallmark 1 focuses on the management and administration of the charity. To book your place on this free online training please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hallmark-level-1-training-tickets-128996105825

Mental Health Awareness Course
This FREE course is funded by Health Education England and is aimed at staff and volunteers supporting people through financial difficulty across Berkshire (West Berks, Bracknell, Reading, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham).
The course will be delivered online via zoom on Wed 9th Dec & Thu 10th Dec from 10:30am-1pm. Through an interactive instructor-led live session, you will learn:
- What mental health is & how to challenge stigma 
- An introduction to some common mental health issues
- confidence to support someone who may be experiencing mental ill health
- ways to look after your own mental health and support wellbeing
Deadline to book a place is Friday 27/11/2020. For more info & to book, contact Shaheen Kausar on 07923 138 730 or rclcshaheen@gmail.com 
THANK YOU – A nod of thanks to the wonderful people that have already completed our 2 second community survey and a reminder that there’s still a chance to respond!

A BIG thank you to the 200 people that have responded to our social media campaign to engage with communities throughout Berkshire and ask them one important question ‘What’s important to your community?’ This simple, two second survey is really important to help us shape our project delivery in 2021 so if you haven’t already please answer our question by clicking here: https://ccberks.wufoo.com/forms/m10yg88q0ekex9y/

So far the top five issues as important to communities in Berkshire have been identified as Health & Wellbeing, Planning & Land Use, Access to Community Facilities, Affordable Housing and Climate Change. Already this is helping us to shape the community training opportunites that we are able to organise and provide this winter so thank you once again and please share this survey as far and county-wide as possible!
 
Funding Opportunities in November 2020
Please click on title links for further information.
Co-op Food Fund
Grants are available for local charities and community organisations across the UK for local programmes that provide access to food and sustainable solutions to food poverty.

Sport England Return to Play – Community Asset Fund
Capital grants to help local sports clubs and community groups adapt and open important places and spaces so that sport and physical activity can happen during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Sport England Return to Play – Small Grants Programme
Grants are available to not-for-profit community organisations for projects addressing the challenges coronavirus/COVID-19 has posed to people taking part in sport and physical activity in England.

Gamesys Foundation
Variety Club – Youth Clubs Grant
Grants for equipment is available to youth clubs in the UK that provide opportunities for improving social skills, team spirit and self esteem for young people aged from 8 to 18 years.

Beatrice Laing Trust
Grants are available for UK registered charities undertaking projects for the relief of poverty and distress in the UK and overseas.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Grants are available to smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations in the UK to fund community and family support projects in areas of extreme urban deprivation or deprived rural areas.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Grants to support registered charities and good causes in local communities across the UK to alleviate poverty, improve health and save lives.

Isla Foundation – Tipping Point Grants
Grants are available for voluntary and community organisations, schools and PTAs, clubs and societies, and entrepreneurial individuals in the UK for small-scale, short-term projects that create a positive change in people’s lives and in their communities.

Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund launches
Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations can now apply for transformation grants of £10,000 -£100,000 to provide single room and COVID-19 secure accommodation for people experiencing homelessness this winter
• The deadline for panel 2 is 1pm, Wednesday 2 December 2020, for Grants Panel on 17 December.

The Yapp Foundation
The Yapp Foundation offers grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000. Grants of up to £3000 / year are available for running costs for charities working in one of the priority areas. 

Support Adoption For Pets
Support Adoption For Pets funds charities and not-for-profit organisations which have a direct impact on animal welfare and whose main activity is either:

Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants – Rolling applications until end of December 2020
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of £1,000 to support projects focused on local children and young people.

The Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust
PGCT distributes approximately £225,000 per year to charities in Berkshire. 

Englefield Charitable Trust Fund
The Trust has supported a range of charities & good causes in & around Berkshire.

Thriving Communities Funding For Partnerships
Grants of £25,000 to £50,000 will be made available through a new £1.4 million Thriving Communities Fund to develop local social prescribing activities across the country.

 
The Berkshire shared public health team is currently working to understand how they can communicate key COVID-19 messages in an engaging, motivating and mobilising way with people living in Berkshire, and they need your help to do it please.

Their Insights survey has been designed to understand people’s views and attitudes towards COVID-19, current guidelines and existing communications and messaging, and they are offering a chance to win a £50 shopping voucher as a thank you for taking part. There’s also a link on the page for people to use if they want help with translation but they are counting on your great support to assist residents whose first language is not English to ensure they can complete this important survey.
All of the answers will be stored securely and kept confidential, meaning nobody will be identified at any point.

Please follow this link to complete the survey: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PHBerkshireCOVID-19/
Be quick, it's only open until Sunday 22 November.
CCB’s successful online AGM and Village Hall Safeguarding Training

We would just like to say a big THANK YOU to our 40 members that joined us online on the first day of Lockdown 2 (5th Nov.) for our very first Zoom Annual General Meeting. This year was a bit different to our face-to-face event and we missed having informal chats with our members but it proved to be a very efficient way of running an AGM with voting being cast effectively using online polls. Our new Chair Sarah Morland warmly welcomed everyone and voiced her enthusiasm for Chairing the charity with her main focus being on how CCB can work more closely to engage with Berkshire communities to ensure that we are meeting their needs in this ever-changing environment.

Tim Parry, Chief Officer, presented our Annual Review and highlighted how we had adpated delivery of our projects during the pandemic. Tim said “The whole CCB Team has shown great creativity and tenacity in adapting to a new way of working during a difficult period for us all. I am very grateful for the support of staff and Trustees alike”

Our AGM was immediately followed by a free training webinar focused on supporting our members that run Village Halls on Safeguarding requirements and how to approach them in a straighforward and structured way. Our national body Action with Communities in Rural England provided some of the training material and the session was delivered by Kate Meads, Community Buildings Advisor. Kate said “I was delighted to have so many trustees join the short webinar. My key message was to ensure that everyone understands they have a part to play in Safeguarding. Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business. Safeguarding needs to be a part of the conversation and considered by the charity. Village Halls objectives are to provide facilities and activities that positively impact on local communities, so it makes perfect sense to consider the Safeguarding of Children and Adults at Risk.  I hope to provide more training in the new year to help Trustees meet their obligations in a simple, effective and understandable way”.

Delegates that attended the training session were very positive about their learning experience with one learner commenting on their feedback form; “An excellent introduction to Safeguarding for Village Hall committees. We have more or less ignored the subject in the past because, wherever you look up about it, it’s always seemed so huge and daunting, especially for a small hall with just a few volunteers running it. To understand that it’s actually going to be straightforward to do is most reassuring. We look forward to the resources you are developing that we will be able to use to create our own policy and procedure in due course. Thank you.”

This week we ware providing more help and support regarding Safeguarding in Village Halls on our social media platforms as part of ACRE’s Safeguarding Week so please do follow us to find out more Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CCBerkshire and Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCBerkshire

For any village halls and community building Trustees in Wokingham please book in on our more indepth Safeguarding training webinar taking place on 21st January at 10.30am: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/128999634379
 
Help support our Charity when doing your online Christmas Shopping (It doesn’t involve you spending anymore!)

In the run up to Christmas and with a lot of us having to shop online due to lockdown and restrictions we thought it might be worth sending out a quick reminder regarding ways you can support CCB, or another charity, to raise some additional core funding without spending any additional money.

AMAZON SMILE

If you shop on Amazon, please use the Amazon Smile platform instead, to register your support for CCB please click on this link; https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1056367-0

Marketing details: If you shop Amazon Black Friday Week deals 20th – 30th November, you can do more than discover great deals: Simply shop at Amazon Smile or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile donates to Connecting Communities In Berkshire at no extra cost.

We also registered with Easy Fundraising which gives commission from a variety of online shops, you just need to add it to your browser and it will remind you to enter through the Easy Fundraising platform to earn commission for the charity on any purchases, again there is no extra cost to you. Details can be found below.

EASYFUNDRAISING

Please remember to use easyfundraising when you do your online Christmas shopping this year: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ccberks/

Over 4,300 shops and sites will donate to Connecting Communities in Berkshire for FREE when you use easyfundraising to shop with them. This means you can raise donations for us when you buy anything from decorations and festive food shopping to gifts like toys, jewellery, tech, experiences and more!

These donations really help us and all you have to do is use easyfundraising when you’re ordering the things you’ll be buying anyway.
Initiative for adults aged over 18 living in Berkshire with a personality disorder

The SUN (Service User Network) is an initiative aimed at improving services for people with personality disorders. It provides community-based, open access, peer support groups to those who may have found it difficult to engage with other services. It aims to help people better manage the difficulties associated with having a personality disorder.

This service is for adults aged 18 and over who live in, and whose GP is located in Berkshire.

The service is being set up to support Service Users in SUN groups to manage their ongoing difficulties through attendance at groups, and to enable them to develop Crisis and Safety Plans to manage risk and safeguarding concerns.

SUN groups take place across the six Berkshire local authorities in community venues. The group programme will comprise support groups, running weekly across Bracknell, Newbury, Wokingham, Slough and Reading, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead (WAM).

You can join by calling 0300 365 8000 (9-5 Mon-Fri excluding bank holidays).

Read more
 
Over 60% of community groups have closed or decreased services during COVID-19
New research by Groundwork has examined the worrying impact that COVID-19 had on community groups during the last six months and what this might mean as we enter a second lockdown. The report found that over 60% of groups have been forced to close or decrease their services, despite 67% saying there is more need in their communities. The charity is urging that more be done to enable community groups to provide well-funded, tailored support to their local community as part of plans to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and prepare for the recovery. Click here to view the report. 
A campaign encouraging businesses to donate the money they would have spent on their Christmas parties has already raised £500,000 in its first week.

With Covid-19 causing most businesses to cancel this year’s Christmas parties, Xmas Party Heroes encourages companies to donate any unused funds to a charity of their choice.

The campaign’s aim is to encourage businesses to donate the unused cost of the Xmas party and entertainment they can’t have due to Covid this year to a charity of their choice.

Charities do not need to register, and there are no fees. The campaign is designed to amplify the message about giving to charities.

Visit www.xmaspartyheroes.co.uk to find out more and help spread the word using #XmasPartyHeroes on social media.
Virtual Village Hall
The Royal Voluntary Service have launched a virtual village hall to help people feel connected at home.

The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you.  

For activities and further details please click here.
News from Get Berkshire Active – Berkshire School Games – Remember, Remember your 60 minutes in November!

Remember, Remember your 60 minutes in November

In order to help children continue to remain ‘Fit and Active’, Get Berkshire Active has worked together with the County’s School Games Organisers to compile Remember, Remember your 60 minutes in November. 6 FREE opportunities that young people can use to complete 60 minutes of daily Physical Activity recommended by Chief Medical Officers. Details of the varied opportunities are on the link above. They can be utilised in school or children can be signposted to them and used to stay active at home.
 
Community Support Available in Berkshire – help available to get you through Lockdown 2.

We've compiled a handy list and links of all the fantastic work that is happening county-wide to offer support and help for people and communities from across the 6 unitary authorities of Berkshire - Wokingham, West berkshire, reading, Slough, Bracknell and the Royal Borough. Please click on this link to read more.
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