Training Opportunities for Communities in Berkshire

We have the following training opportunities available that will be of interest to a variety of individuals and people representing community and voluntary groups from across the county. A big thanks goes to the Adult Community Learning teams in Wokingham Borough & West Berkshire whose funding and support ensures that we can provide this training for low cost or for free. Click on links for more details and to book your place. All courses are filled on a first come, first served basis.


Achieve an Introductory Certificate in food safety, Saturday 1st June, 9am – 1pm, St Georges, Wash Common. £20 for CCB members (£30 for voluntary organisations or £50 for businesses)

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, scout camps, community events. PTA’s and church fetes. 

Booking is essential;

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.


Wednesday 19th June, 10.30am – 12.30 pm (registation 10.15)

Thursday 20th June 10 am – 12 noon (registration 9.45am)

The Cornerstone, Norreys Avenue, Wokingham RG40 1UE (de Vitre Room). Free to CCB Members.

Are you the Chair of a committee, steering group,  or organisation?

Do you ever feel the meeting could have gone better? Was it de-railed? Do the same agenda items keep coming up with no resolution? Does it feel like just another meeting with no outcome? Do members sometimes feel frustrated, angry, not listened too?

This interactive training event will teach you some great skills and help you become a more effective Chair.

This event will cover:

Agenda setting, pacing, hosting guests, decision making, actions and what to do at the end of the meeting. Managing people: challenging behaviours, staying on topic, enabling everyone to have a voice, encouraging healthy debate

Booking link for Chieveley, 19th June:

Booking link for The Cornerstone, Wokingham, 20th June;


Friday 21st June, 10am – 4pm, Woolhampton Village Hall. FREE

This training is aimed at anyone that is passionate about their local area and planning for its future. It introduces the basics of community organising and how to organise the community to enact a Neighbourhood Plan and enable positive built development which meets the needs of the community.

Participants will develop their understanding of how, through community organising, we can reach out and build consensus for change around a positive vision for the future of the community. We will analyse where power lies in the planning and development of housing and infrastructure, and start to learn how to use a Neighbourhood Plan to mobilise the community, build power and take action to get the development the community needs. Link to booking form:


Wednesday 3rd July, 2pm – 4pm, The Hawthorns, Charvil, Reading, RG10 9TR. FREE to CCB/CBAS members and £10 for non-members.

Sole trustee? Custodian Trustee? Management committee Trustee? Member for the Parish Council team? – What is your role in relation to the Village Hall, Recreation Ground, Parish Council Building? It can be very confusing to know who is responsible for what and why and this makes working/volunteering relationships challenging. Come along to this short course to get the facts and learn about how everyone can work together for the good of the community.

Booking online;


Thursday 4th July, 7pm – 9pm, Calcot Community Centre. FREE to members (£10 for non-members)

To book your place please complete form:

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 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.

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