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Get Berkshire Active are the local arm of Sport England. Our aim is to encourage more people to be more physically active.
Please note that the Met Office has recently issued a level 3 Heatwave Alert (attached) – it is expected that this will continue through to Thursday, after which we should expect cooler conditions. Public Health and Wellbeing has activated its Heatwave Plan.
The West Berkshire Disability Alliance has been around for more that 20 years and has served as a practical conduit for various organisations that represent people with disabilities. This representational work can only ever be as good as the people around the table. The small voluntary group has assisted Newbury and West Berkshire to be a more accessible place by securing accessible buildings, footways, pavements and the like and has also been able to challenge the local council on issues arou
This summer, on 17 & 18 June, we’re organising what we hope will be the biggest street party since the Diamond Jubilee.
January, like September, is one of the two 'renewal' months in the year. At these times we decide to turn over a new leaf, seek a new job, get fit, make plans, and have a desire to make changes to our lives in some way.
South East England is now on a Level 2 Cold Weather Alert.
South East England is now on a Level 2 Cold Weather Alert.
West Berkshire Public Health and Well-being Team and key partners are about to commence promotion of the 2016/17 Stay Well This Winter and Flu Vaccination Campaign and we are asking for your support to help spread the word! Why?
An appeal for information on behalf of West Berkshire Local Safeguarding Children Board (WB LSCB) has been launched today (12 September 2016) as part of a Serious Case Review (SCR) into sexual offences committed by those responsible for the care of children and young people in Thatcham.
Ageing Well Website 24 November
A new website which looks at 'what works' in promoting resilience among older people.
SEAP are currently recruiting for a Healthwatch Manager, Development Officers and Admin and Information Officer
WBC are seeking your views on proposed savings in the Integrated Youth Support Service WBC have to identify further savings in 2015/16 in addition to those that have been previously agreed.
Your voice counts! If you live in West Berkshire and have accessed Adult Mental Health services then we need your help! We would appreciate it if you could take the time to fill in this short survey and make your voice heard. As a direct result of public feedback gathered by Healthwatch West Berkshire, one of the priority areas highlighted was Mental Health Services.
The biggest survey of charities and voluntary organisations of the year has been launched by a coalition of charities to find out more about the help charities need. The survey's findings will be used to lobby key decision makers and funders about the support charities and voluntary organisations need.
James McMahon YMCA's new Youth worker would like to hear from you and find out more about what your organisation is doing for Children and Young people locally..could you help?
James McMahon YMCA's new Youth worker would like to hear from you and find out more about what your organisation is doing for Children and Young people locally..could you help?
James McMahon YMCA's new Youth worker would like to hear from you and find out more about what your organisation is doing for Children and Young people locally..could you help?
Latest round of PDF announced applications due in by 31st October
Stand Up and Be Counted!
North Wessex Downs LEADER Programme and Consultation
Please hold the date Friday 16th May 2014 9.30-2.30 Oxford Hotel, Godstow Road, OX2 8AL,
The baby-boom generation should be encouraged to become charity workers as they approach retirement, according to one of the most senior figures in the voluntary sector. Lynne Berry, who chairs a lottery-funded commission on the third sector and ageing, which will report this week, told the Observer that charities should not just assume that people would offer their time and treat the volunteers that turn up as a "reserve army of little old ladies".
We are a pack away setting looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual who is dedicated in providing high quality care to children aged 2 years to 5 years. You will be required to assist in providing a happy and stimulating environment for children. You will be a key-worker to a group of children, assessing and planning activities to promote their development. You will need to communicate with other staff, families and carers. You may also be required to cover sickness at short notic
Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centres is a registered Charity who provide a place where children, from birth to five years, with additional needs and disabilities, come to develop skills through play. They have two job vacancies at their West Berkshire Early Years Centre.
Wonderful launch event - we are now open for business. Come along and visit a wealth of organisation who are on hand to give advice and information and book your free NHS Healthcheck available in store. Open every Thursday and Saturday.
20 minutes that could change your life. NHS HEALTH CHECKS - helping you avoid heart disease, stoke, diabetes and kidney disease.
THE local NHS service is asking people in West Berkshire to join its Winter Friends campaign. Last winter, about 31,000 people in England died as a result of cold weather, most of them over 75 and many of these deaths could have been avoided.
We are currently recruiting for: Part time voluntary Admin Asst.
Help Community Christmas reduce the number of elderly people who are alone this Christmas
uCheck process over 125,000 Disclosures per annum and are accredited with ISO 27001 status
Consultation is currently open in relation to all areas of WBC proposed savings - Why are we consulting: We now operate within tough financial constraints. It is the national government's priority to reduce the national debt - and it is only right that the Council should play its part. Local government is being asked to make a contribution to this and for West Berkshire Council this has to date meant finding around £17m worth of savings over the last 2 years.
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire currently have a vancancy for a part Handy Bus Coordinator
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire currently have a vancancy for a part Handy Bus Coordinator
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire currently have a vacancy for a part-time Handy Bus Coordinator
Find out all the latest news, information and important dates for your diary.
As it has before, the Woodland Trust is offering community groups, youth groups and schools the chance to apply for packs of free trees for delivery in March 2014.
HMRC is reminding charities that from 1 October they must make Gift Aid repayment claims using the Charities Online service.
The LEP is seeking to recruit a Community Sector Representative to its Forum. This role provides a real opportunity to actively contribute to the strategic direction and purpose of the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP. The job description is available by clicking here.
Parent2Parent is a free, independent and impartial service which supports the parents of children and young people with pecial/additional needs
September newsletter
When you choose a database, think about what kind of analysis you want it to provide – and how much you're willing to pay
Urgent deadline - Expressions of interest by 23rd August 2013
The 2018/19 Partnership Development Fund programme is now open for applications from Tuesday 12 September 2017 for six weeks. The closing date for applications will be 5pm on Monday 23 October 2017.
The Berkshire West Cancer Framework has been jointly developed with stakeholders from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups, Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust, Public Health, Thames Valley Strategic Cancer Network, Macmillan and Cancer Research UK to improve the outcomes for people affected by cancer.
Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) announces the appointment of Chris Dodson OBE DL as Chairman, succeeding Chris Barrett who has retired after 10 years loyal service.
It gives great pleasure to announce that West Berkshire Therapy Centre has today been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, just three years after first starting its service.
Berkshire Community Foundation are looking for two volunteers to join their busy team
For the fourth year running, BCF has opened its Vital Signs Survey for people that live, work or go to school in Berkshire. In just 10 minutes or less, you can tell BCF which causes need support in Berkshire by 'giving' your virtual donations. By completing the survey, you could win one of three £1,000 grants to a cause of your choice.
Following on the success of their first two community grants awards last year, a local care at home provider will be giving away a new Community Grant – a sum of money that could benefit one local group in West Berkshire working with older people.
Grants are available for organisations based in several of the UK’s most deprived areas to support projects which use sport and physical activity as a catalyst for change.
The NHS supplies millions of prescriptions for medicines to patients every year. Along with NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country the four CCGs in Berkshire West have reviewed what medicines are available on prescription and are proposing to make some changes. Dr Abid Irfan, GP Chair of the Berkshire West Federation said: “If implemented, these changes could save the up to £1.8 million a year, which could be spent on other NHS services to benefit more patients.
Sport England has announced that the second round of its £3 million Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund will open for applications in mid April 2017.
The WEA is seeking to recruit a Project Coordinator for the BBO Building Family Bridges project.
This project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme funded jointly by The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. This is a proactive and supportive project to improve the prospects for families with complex needs, by working with various grass roots community organisations to remove the barriers that prevent people from engaging in learning and other pathways towards employment.
This project is part of the Building Better Opportunities programme funded jointly by The Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. This is a proactive and supportive project to improve the prospects for families with complex needs, by working with various grass roots community organisations to remove the barriers that prevent people from engaging in learning and other pathways towards employment.
In 2016 The Trustees of Volunteer Centre West Berkshire resolved to achieve the tough new accreditation process for volunteer centre’s up and down the country. In light of our many and varied responsibilities to the public and to the support we provide for the voluntary sector, it was felt that our processes should be independently scrutinised. Over the past few months we have been working towards improving processes and providing the evidence that our work met the rigorous standards required.
The Office for Civil Society and Nesta have announced a new grant fund of £1 million to help grow the reach and impact of existing volunteer-led initiatives that supports parents of 0-4-year-olds achieve their developmental milestones.
Nominations are invited from members of the public for the Thatcham Town Council Civic Awards 2017. The Awards are given to individuals or groups in recognition of the work they do for the benefit of the community of Thatcham.
Comic Relief is seeking proposals from organisations working in partnership in the UK that are using the power of sport to empower women and girls to reach their full potential.
Dingley’s Promise is a small charity that is passionate about ensuring every child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) gets the best start. Our Centres are places where children who have special social, education and health needs attend learning through play sessions. They are places where children and their families can make friends and learn. We run three centres in Wokingham, Newbury and Reading. We have a small central office in Gillette Way in Reading.
Cold Weather Alert 11 January
Level 2 - Alert and Readiness for Cold Weather
Attention community groups with a particular interest in older people
A fresh impact study has been carried out into the difference our Power-assisted Exercise service makes to disabled people
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are launching an exciting opportunity to enhance the delivery of services to meet the needs and aspirations of disabled people and those with a health condition in partnership with the third sector. The Community Partners initiative forms part of the Personal Support Package, announced in the Government’s Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives green paper.
The West Berkshire Energy Switch is part of the Big Community Switch scheme, which negotiates competitive prices with energy companies on behalf of local residents. Residents register their interest, before energy suppliers bid against each other to offer the best deal for the group. Those who have registered are then given a personalised, no obligation offer showing how much they could save by switching
The government has this morning published a major overhaul of the anti-lobbying clause, the implementation of which was paused in April.
Care UK has withdrawn from the Thames Valley NHS 111 procurement process after identifying issues with their bid following contract award. On 3 November 2016, the 10 Thames Valley Clinical Commissioning Groups received a letter from the managing director of Care UK giving formal notification of their withdrawal from the process.
Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course: This course qualifies you to become a Cruse Bereavement Support Volunteer which has an NVQ II national accreditation.
Is your organisation currently seeking volunteers in West Berkshire ? If so are your opportunities registered with us ? Every year the Volunteer Centre recruits around 400 volunteers for other organisations by providing good quality impartial information advice and guidance about volunteering opportunities to the public. The Volunteer Centre interviews people and helps them to make choices based on their individual skills, time available, location and their preferred area of benefit.
Dingley’s Promise are looking to recruit a Family Support Worker to work across our Reading and Wokingham Centres, with the possibility to work in our West Berkshire (Newbury) centre going forward.
Older people set to benefit from new Community Grant. Following on the success of their first community grant award in the summer, a local care at home provider will be giving away a second Community Grant – a sum of money that could benefit one local group in West Berkshire working with older people.
Following a successful recruitment process in the summer term, a number of trainee Volunteer Peer Supporters are looking forward to starting their training later this month. After a comprehensive training programme, they'll be joining our Diagnosis Support Service to help other parents/carers who are going through the diagnosis/assessment process, perhaps for the very first time.
The aim of “Drugs County Lines – Need to know sessions” is to raise awareness of the emerging problem of the effects on West Berkshire by organized crime groups from London. To provide current information of who is targeting vulnerable children and adults, what tactics are being used and who is potentially most at risk. The purpose is to safeguard children and adults, to increase reporting, sharing information and prevent them from being targeted and getting hurt.
We are getting in touch to see if you are interested in the opportunity to provide your group some free support around living a healthy and active lifestyle. In partnership with West Berkshire Community Education Team, Solutions 4 Health will be delivering Healthy Lifestyle Workshops to groups in West Berkshire.
Berkshire charity ABC to Read has released its annual statistics for 2015/2016, reporting an impressive 96% boost in self-confidence in the primary school children it works with, thanks to one-to-one reading mentoring.
WANTED West Berkshire Community Champion Who Would Be Yours? Do you know someone who lives within the West Berkshire District and deserves an award for their work in the community?
The four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund to enhance their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2017/18 Partnership Development Fund programme will be open for applications from Wednesday 1st September 2016 for six weeks
A2 Dominion Vacancy 6 September
Are you a dedicated individual passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable people living in supported accommodation? We are looking for a confident, flexible and motivated individual to work with and provide support to families at risk of and fleeing domestic abuse.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have today opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund.
CQC talked to people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes aged between 18 and 65 about their experiences as well as with commissioners, providers and staff across the country about how community diabetes care is delivered.
CHRA run and manage the Riverside Community Centre on behalf of WBDC, local communities and organisations within the area. We are currently looking for funding to replace the existing lights in the sports hall to a LED lighting system.
As the new school term quickly approaches, ABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children) needs everyone to play their part if we're to succeed in our mission to make sure every child is reading well by age 11.
Get Berkshire Active (the County Sport and Physical Activity Partnership) are seeking Volunteer Community Exercise Leaders to deliver Oomph sessions in Reading and West Berkshire as part of the Ever Active programme which targets Older Adults and aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
This document is designed to support professionals working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse to signpost their clients to appropriate services, within West Berkshire and beyond
Youth Worker & Fusion Team Lead -We are looking for a fantastic candidate to lead our community youth work programmes in Bracknell including our Fusion programme funded by Bracknell Forest Homes.
Citizens Advice West Berkshire is looking for an experienced part-time Specialist Caseworker for our Carers Advice Service Which assists people with disabilities, long term health conditions and their carers
Grants are available for voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory organisations to hold one-off events or activities which celebrate their local community.
Vacancy for a SUPERVISOR Monday mornings term time only from September 2016
Charities have continued to see a increase in demand for their services over the past year, according to the latest Managing in the New Normal report.
Small charities risk a crisis because they are too afraid to apply for core costs, the director of funder the Garfield Weston Foundation said today.
Due to the success of sight loss support groups in Marlborough and Swindon, a new support group is being launched in Newbury to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular degeneration sight loss.
The Wildlife Trusts, including your local Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, are launching this year’s 30 Days Wild campaign – all our lives are better when we’re connected to nature!
Home-Start West Berkshire is a charity committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under the age of 5. Volunteers provide regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown.
West Berks LSCB are undertaking a multi agency review to ensure our children and young people are effectively safeguarded. All statutory agencies and voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations are being asked to complete the audit. For more details and to complete the audit please click here
Welcome to the first issue of the West Berkshire Local Safeguarding Children Board (WB LSCB) key messages e-bulletin.
The charity sector saw a 5.8% rise in overall income in 2013/14, but while Britain’s biggest charities saw their income rise in 2013/14, smaller charities saw a decrease in real terms, according to NVCO statistics.
Autism Berkshire is looking for stories of people's lives with autism in recent times and the past as part of a project launched last year to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity, which was founded as the Berkshire Autistic Society.
Waterside Youth Cafe is a new venue for young people of the Newbury area. Starts 14th April
Community groups across Berkshire with projects that improve their local area for both people and wildlife have the chance to win grants to help them succeed with their vision. The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust is calling on all local community and environmental groups to apply for the Dorothy Morley Conservation Award 2016. Applicants will have the chance to win the award with £1000 grant to go towards the winning project. One runner up will also receive a grant of £500.
The first meeting of the West Berkshire VCS Forum took place on 23rd February please read on to find out about what we were discussing, why not get involved in our next meeting....
CRÈCHE WORKER 3/5 hours Mondays only between 9.15 – 3.45
Stroke Care Vacancy 29 February
STROKE CARE NEWBURY require a STROKE FAMILY SUPPORT ORGANISER
I am delighted to let you know that the new Dogs Trust Newbury Charity Shop will be opening on Friday 19th February at 10:30am. The shop is at 47 Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1DT - next door to Chancellors estate agents and directly opposite The Monument Pub.
Community Youth Project is a small charity working at Bishops Green and Greenham in Newbury. We work in partnership with local residents, especially young people, to bring improvements to their community.
The Cabinet Office, supported by the Big Lottery Fund is launching an online tool aimed at helping voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations improve their performance and sustainability.
Among these are one that would require the goverment to review how many trustees would be affected by the Charity Commission's proposed trustee disqualification powers
What you need to know and what you need to do.....
The Organic Research Centre is looking to appoint a Major Donor Officer to support the development of its fundraising programme. This part-time (50-60% FTE negotiable) position, initially for 12 months with the possibility of extension, will be based mainly at ORC’s Elm Farm site near Newbury in Berkshire. Proposals for the delivery of equivalent services as a business package are also welcome.
The role of the Family Support worker is to liaise with local hospitals in order to contact our clients to give them the help, support and signposting that they need in order to be able to lead an independent life.
Nesta, the innovation charity, is working with NCVO to explore how the community and voluntary sector can make the most of crowdfunding. They are beginning by conducting a short survey.
Just like London buses, the woes suffered by the charity sector over the summer all arrived at pretty much the same time. Widespread allegations of inappropriate fundraising methods and accusations of data protection breaches were topped by revelations of financial mismanagement at the Kid’s Company and its subsequent closure.
Fundraisers have until June to comply with the Institute of Fundraising’s code changes on opt-in and opt-out statements, it has announced.
Following a call in today's Telegraph to make the National Citizen Service compulsory for 16-year-olds, NCVO's executive director of volunteering and development, Justin Davis Smith, commented:
Get Berkshire Active have launched its second round of 'This Girl Can Festival Funding', with the hope to provide more This Girl Can friendly activities for the ladies of Berkshire.
Property Act Fund 8 December
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have today (4/12) opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund.
Come and join West Berkshire Parent Voice on Monday 30th November 7.30pm – 9.00pm at The Parish Room, St John’s Church, Newbury
Online payment processing platform Charity Checkout has launched a fully customisable payments system that allows charities to brand their donation process and customise the payment pages to fit their needs.
A new charity-focused search engine has launched with the aim of helping charities generate more funds.
The second round of the IRF will make grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 available
This guide supports commissioners, local health authorities and providers to think broadly, but practically, about building sustainable, resilient communities that have the potential, over time, to reduce mental ill health
SPENDING REVIEW 2015 – WHAT WE HEARD FROM THE CHANCELLOR
Community Christmas believes that no elderly person in the UK should be on their own on Christmas Day unless they want to be. Their website is becoming the main portal where anyone can find out about events in their area. Last year there were 10,000 hits to the website and 500 enquiries - this year we expect to be busier than ever.
The Care Quality Commission launched a new campaign on the 9th November aimed at encouraging people with invisible long term health conditions to share their experiences of health and social care with them.
WBC are proposing to remove all of the funding it currently provides to EWB to deliver support services to West Berkshire's VCS. EWB is the only organisation in West Berkshire providing this service.
Call to Action! Have your say on the WBC's latest proposed budget cuts.
The South Reading, North West Reading, Newbury and Wokingham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have a clear purpose; to work collaboratively with partners and service providers to improve the health of the local population and reduce health inequalities.
Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and the three clinical commissioning groups serving the Reading and West Berkshire area are re-commissioning services for carers across Reading and West Berkshire.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a discussion paper that sets out some of the choices it faces in responding to changes to how health and social care is delivered, so that regulation continues to help people receive safe, high-quality and compassionate care.
Community Christmas believes that no elderly person in the UK should be on their own on Christmas Day unless they want to be. Their website is becoming the main portal where anyone can find out about events in their area. Last year there were 10,000 hits to the website and 500 direct enquiries - this year we expect to be busier than ever
Berkshire West Recovery College
Do you measure the social impact your organisation makes, why would you and how?
To provide leadership and development to Managers and staff across all Centres, ensuring that high quality services to children and their families are delivered at all times, in accordance with the aims, vision and values of the organisation.
Sports Development Officer Salary: £24,000 - £25,500 pa (depending on experience) Location: Berkshire (home based) Contract: Fixed term 3 years, full-time 37 hours per week Sport in Mind, the Berkshire-based mental health sports charity, are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Sports Development Officer to implement a sport and physical activity programme across Berkshire for adults experiencing mental health problems.
Part-time office administrator 18 hours per week Monday to Thursday flexible £20,000 pa pro rata plus 25 days annual leave pro rata
Young People and Children First, Operations Manager, 20 hours/week, £12,500
The sad news that Kids Company is closing down is a crushing blow to everyone involved. Regardless of the inevitable debate regarding the effectiveness of its work and accusations of a lack of management control, its clients today don’t have the services that they had, and its staff and volunteers are left without an idea of what the future holds.
The Turnaround families programme will help families become active in education, training, employment and/or volunteering.
We are looking for a suitable candidate who is passionate about community issues and who will be able to take our thriving community centre forward.
NHS Standard Contract Survey final week Is the NHS Standard Contract a barrier to commissioning VCSE organisations?
Are you passionate about improving the lives of young children affected by domestic abuse?
EWB are currently recruiting for a part time book keeper.
In addition to the fantastic portfolio of programmes for community sport, Get Berkshire Active is co–ordinating locally the Sport England funded programme - Satellite Clubs.
The Better Care Fund is an initiative to provide assistance to the over 65s who may require assistance upon entering or leaving hospital. A partnership with Red Cross, Age UK Berkshire and Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is being funded to deliver this service.
Greenham Common Trust is offering £100,000 to be distributed by a panel of judges across a maximum of 6 projects on the night of The Greenham Exchange.
Home Start West Berkshire is a charity committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least on child under the age of 5.
Dingley (West Berkshire) are currently recruiting for a Deputy Manager and a Early Years Practitioner at their new West Berkshire Centre.
A bursary scheme from NCVO and JustGiving will offer 12 small charities access to free online skills training for a year.
CIT, the Christian Initiative Trust, and Andrews Charitable Trust are inviting applications for the 2015 CIT Awards to help bring new social impact ideas to life. The awards are worth a total of £100,000.
Managing a bunch of people working various different hours on a wide range of projects is difficult at the best of times. Doing it with limited funds and minimal resources is even harder. There are so many online tools out there to choose from, most of which will charge way too much and give very little.
The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups have commissioned www.childhealthberkshirewest.nhs.uk - a website that puts the right information at your fingertips.
Getting started on Funding Central Take a tour of Funding Central and discover how the site can make your life easier. Our video explains all and takes you through how to register and personalise your profile.
Oxfordshire and West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Services has a vacancy for A Helpline Access Officer, which is now advertised on the A2D website.
Adidas fitness app linked to ammado to enable athletes to fundraise
Local Giving raises £10m for over 3,000 charities.
EWB is currently recruiting for new volunteer Trustees
This page contains links to all the most recent documents and sources of information for Building Better Opportunities.
New changes to care and support came into effect in April 2015.
When stories about mental health are featured in the news they're often accompanied by a picture of a person with head in their hands. Get the Picture, a campaign backed by Stephen Fry has been launched by Time to Change, to offer alternative images.
Building Better Opportunities - £220m from Big Lottery Fund with a similar figure from the European Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion
Now in its third year, the West Berkshire Business Awards are an initiative to recognise and celebrate the often unnoticed success of our business community. It’s about promoting business, providing a networking platform and awarding deserved accolades that boost business and promote confidence and pride.
The European Social Fund is funding some Management Training Courses for organisations across the Thames Valley that meet its criteria
Through our ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign we are appealing to the general public to donate what they can to ensure older and vulnerable people stay warm this winter
Your Voice Counts 10 November
Have your say on the West Berkshire's draft Health and Wellbeing strategy. Healthwatch West Berkshire is inviting everyone in the community to a series of consultation events to have their say.
Local Development Officer [part-time] needed for educational charity
Bracknell Forest Council current vacancy
To plan, manage and co-ordinate the agreed provision of safe, high quality and timely self-management support services in line with the NHS Contract in Berkshire West, contributing to delivery as required.
Pimp my Cause is a platform that connects marketing and communications specialists with organisations looking for pro-bono support.
..produced by SEUK and the Big Lottery Fund
Report for 2013-14 also reflects pressures on the regulator's resources.
This guide provides a quick introduction to the health and social care system since the reforms of 2012.
The Local Government Association and NHS Confederation have outlined their shared ambition for health and social care integration in a new report All Together Now: The future of integration.
This joint CfPS and LGA guide aims to help councillors support residents who wish to make a complaint about a health or social care service.
Public Health England has launched a new NHS Health Check website
An interactive map highlighting the priorities of all health and Wellbeing Boards across England is now available
£260m from Big Lottery Fund to leverage European funding for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion
Two brand new impact measurement tools were launched at an event by Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd on 24 June
On 19 June, the government announced a multi-million pound package of finance to boost social investment market, and its strategy to grow the sector.
Office of the Civil Society are consulting on a proposed sustainability fund to support effective voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations
The Social Investment Research Council, a coordinated initiative with Big Society Capital, Big Lottery Fund, Cabinet Office, Citi and City of London, draws together research commissioners from key organisations in the social investment market from the public, private and social sectors.
Berkshire Youth are looking to recruit new instructors for our health programmes, with immediate start with training. We are looking for candidates who are passionate about working with children and young people.
The Big Lottery Fund has given a total of £6bn to community groups and projects since it was launched 10 years ago, it said today.
· Local Sustainability Fund · Youth Engagement Fund · Transformation Challenge Fund – Cost Benefit Analysis Workshops · Children in Need Voluntary Vacancies
SORP to be published early summer 2014 On May 22, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) approved the new Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) for publication.
The report says that 80 per cent of survey respondents believed volunteering had a positive effect on their health and 90 per cent said it helped improve their self-esteem
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, today (2/6) announced the launch of the Police Property Act Fund for 2014/15.
VOLUNTEERS are being sought to aid the smooth running of this year’s Royal County of Berkshire Show.
Berkshire Carers Service quarterly newsletter.
The latest newsletters from Dingley
Share your Priorities with our West Berkshire Mapping Excercise Healthwatch West Berkshire have recently published it’s priorities and identify emerging trends in local health and social care as perceived by residents in West Berkshire.
We warmly welcome individuals and groups from West Berkshire or their representatives who have an interest in the priorities below and health and social care, who would like to share information or wish to directly input into the work of Healthwatch West Berkshire.
Find out how to have direct input into Healthwatch as a Healthwatch Champion.
Making It Happen is a newsletter that focuses on the West Berkshire Community Learning Partnership
Organised by the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, the 3rd annual Thatcham and district volunteer recruitment fair takes place on Saturday 22nd March at the Catholic Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham from 10 am to 3pm
Are you an unpaid carer or do you work with carers? Is your GP aware you are a carer? The Newbury and District Clinical Commissioning Group (NDCCG) would like to know; they are trying to support carers and the first step is to identify them. They would like all carers to fill out the attached form and return it to their GP surgery
Local organisations in England can apply for direct support and funding to improve local services in their neighbourhoods.
Due to the generosity of donors, the Tree Council has funds available to assist schools and community groups proposing to undertake well-planned orchard planting projects during National Tree Week.
Top Tips for organising an event.
Care Quality Commissions Inspections Wave 2
HR Newsletter
how to make social media work for your charity
The tax relief rules that apply to local grassroots sports clubs have been amended, extending the existing Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) scheme. It is estimated that over 40,000 clubs could benefit. The changes follow on from a consultation which took place from June to August this year.
RAISE Bulletin 6 November
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Steps to Work Mentoring Network is a group of organisations in West Berkshire which are working together to help promote and support high quality mentoring for those who have faced challenges in their lives that have impacted on their potential for accessing and staying in work.
With the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announcing a forthcoming crackdown on payday loan companies, local advice charity, West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and West Berkshire Council's Trading Standards Service, have joined forces in a campaign to raise awareness amongst consumers of how payday loans work and of their rights when things go wrong.
The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced the first full round of its UK Aid Match programme, offering £120 million in grants over the next three years.
The Tourist Information Centre (TIC) will be selling Christmas cards from Cards for Good Causes (CFGC) this year
Postmasters can apply for up to £10k for community related initiatives
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The Arts Council & PRS have launched a new scheme aimed at developing artists and bands
Later this summer BLF will be launching two major new social investment funds. With a combined value of £50 million these funds will be open for up to three years, demonstrating very tangibly our commitment to developing the social investment market in England in a way that supports voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to better serve those most in need.
On 27 June, Vince Cable, confirmed how the €6.2 billion England allocation of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF)
The Santander Foundation now has two grants programmes to help disadvantaged people in the UK. You are welcome to apply to both grants programmes, but a grant from one programme will prevent you from getting a grant from the other. There are no closing dates.
The Trust awards grants to artists, small organisations and galleries within the United Kingdom to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when frustrated by lack of funds.
The BBC Performing Arts Fund will this year focus on supporting theatre. It is offering grants of up to £450,000 to the theatre sector to invest in creative talent. The funding is generated by BBC shows like The Voice, which raise funds through phone votes at a minimum of 10p per call. There are two funding programmes, the Theatre Fellowship scheme and the Community Theatre scheme.