CCB facilitating community focused training in Berkshire

Community learning is fun, motivating and helps ensure your reach your goal!

Our charity is fortunate to have funding support from West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council Adult Community Learning to deliver community focused training opportunities.

Last month we delivered a training session on an Introduction to Community Organising with Community Organisers Limited (CO Ltd) in Calcot. The session was well attended by a broad cross section of community groups and volunteers from West Berkshire and beyond. Community Organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcoming social injustice. When people are organised communities get heard and power begins to shift creating real change for good.

Alex Neale

Alex Neale from Community Organising

Alex Neale and Dominic Taylor ran the energetic and interesting session from CO Ltd, feedback from learners included:

“The training was interactive and well lead, I really enjoyed it” and “It was all great, really impressed, I most enjoyed sharing stories and experiences with others in the room.” “I really found the listening activity powerful.”

CCB are currently planning a repeat session of the Introduction to Community Organising session in Wokingham in May and a new session linking Community Organising to Neighbourhood Planning projects. To register your interest for either event please e-mail and follow us on our Facebook page to be the first to see when events are published:

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Eleanor Craig from

At the beginning of March we ran a session in Swallowfield with Eleanor Craig from Reading based global company Eleanor is Senior Marketing Manager and a Social Media guru at Yell, CCB are very grateful to her for giving up her time and expertise to create a really thorough Social Media training session for community groups and buildings.

The session allowed learners to bring along their smart phones/tablets and laptops and update or put in practise their learning immediately whilst in the room. We examined and discussed the benefits of using free social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google my Business and Yell free listing. Feedback from the session was really positive with everyone rating their knowledge at a higher level than when they entered the room. One learner stated that “I just wanted to thank you for a really great training session last night. I found it really informative and it has given me lots of food for thought as to how we can better utilise these channels.”

If you work for or volunteer for a community group or parish council and would be interested in attending a future Social Media training session please register your interest by e-mailing

Future Training

Emergency Life Support Skills & Defibrillator training. FREE – 7PM – 9.30PM

Run in partnership with Heartstart Swallowfield

Thursday 21 March, The Cornerstone, Norreys Ave, Wokingham RG40 1UE,             Online booking;

Wednesday 22 May, St. Nicholas Centre,  Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley, RG6 7JN               Online booking;

Topics covered in the training include:

  • Priorities/the conscious casualty
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Suspected heart attack
  • Choking
  • Serious bleeds
  • Automated External Defibrillator
  • ELS Certificate

Food Hygiene Training

Achieve an Introductory Certificate in food safety

Equivalent to a level 1 qualification. Certified by the CIEH (chartered institute of environmental health, Suitable for anyone works/volunteers in a food environment occasionally. For example, those helping at cake sales, PTA events, scout camps and church fetes.

£20 CCB/CBAS members, £30 volunteers, £50 for those training for paid work

Sat 11 May 10.30am – 2.30pm. St. James’ Church Centre, Church Lane, Finchampstead RG40 4LU. Booking link;

Your skilled trainer Ally has a post graduate diploma in dietetics, 25 years’ experience of working in the food sector, an affiliate member of the CIEH and a registered trainer with the CIEH. The training will also cover food allergies and how to avoid pitfalls.

Why not train with a friend/colleague – it makes learning more enjoyable and it is great to share your experience.


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