Moving Communities Webinar: Skills for Setting up Physical Activity Sessions

An exciting new training webinar just announced in partnership with the fantastic peeps at Get Berkshire Active.

This free, online workshop looks to help individuals and groups in Berkshire organise and deliver community-based projects designed to encourage others to be more active. Maybe you’d like to set up a new activity for your local area and are wondering how to go about it? Do you recognise a gap for certain activities in your community and you’d like to help fill it? Perhaps you ran your classes pre lockdowns but would like a refresher on how you can set up and run your sessions again safely in your community-building/hall? This course is for you!

Please share far and wide and click on the event to learn more and make sure you book your free place today.

Thanks go to West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning teams for supporting this training event.


Safeguarding Village Halls

Our project to help village halls and community buildings ensure that best practice takes place in these venues continues with our national body Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) at the helm.

Advice and examples of best practices can be found on our website by clicking here. If you have any safeguarding in village halls-related questions please get in touch with us at Kate.Meads@ccberks.org.uk.

So far Kate has already run two in-depth and well attended training webinars on the subject and has received some positive feedback; “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.”

Again if you have any training requirements in this area please do get in touch.


A Walk from Every Hall

We are working with the West Berkshire Walking for Health team to promote the many benefits of joining in with a local walking group. Twelve groups operate under the West Berkshire Walking for Health umbrella, details of which can be found on the Walking for Health website here: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/walking-for-health-west-berks

People join in with these walks for many reasons, from getting a little exercise to discovering new places and making new friends. Walks take place every week and a timetable can be downloaded from the website.

Health and Wellbeing is more important than ever, as the summer weather finally makes an appearance and the restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic begin to ease. Our summer campaign A Walk From Every Hall aims to promote these walks and to encourage the creation of new walks in other places. We would love to see new walks established, starting from village halls and other community venues, taking in local sites and offering refreshments at local shops or back at the village hall.

In July CCB will be facilitating an online workshop, hearing from walk leaders about why they got involved with walking for health, and learning from Paul Graham, West Berkshire Council’s Walking for Health Coordinator, about what’s involved in setting up a new walk. Volunteering as a walk leader or joining in with a walk is a great way of meeting people and learning more about West Berkshire’s beautiful countryside, as well as a great way of getting some gentle exercise. If you’d like to learn how easy and rewarding getting involved with a walking group can be, please keep an eye out for the date for this fun and informative workshop or register your interest with gemma.pearce@ccberks.org.uk.


Get Involved With The Month of Community

Good causes across the UK are teaming up next month to celebrate summer 2021 with a whole #MonthOfCommunity. This year, the Big Lunch will kick off a summer event, all about of community, friendship and fun, with a truly unforgettable feast! This event is about celebrating community connections and getting to know one another a little better. You can join in with a Big Lunch when it works for you and your community, whether that’s to say cheers to volunteers, connect with your neighbours or simply to say thank you. Pick your own big date to celebrate and hold a Big Lunch when it works best for you and coincides with the awareness week that you connect to best:


Great British Spring Clean: 28th May – 13th June
Volunteers Week: 1st-7th June
Neighbourhood Watch Week
: 5th-11th June
Carers Week: 7th-13th June
Loneliness Awareness Week: 14th-18th June
Refugee Week: 14th-20th June
Small Charity Week: 14th-19th June
The Great Get Together: 18th-20th June
National Picnic Week: 19th-27th June
National Cream Tea Day: 25th June
Thank You Day: 4th July


Click on the links above to find out more about each of these important awareness events and let everyone know how you’re getting involved and making a difference by sharing your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #MonthofCommunity and #BFGetInvolved!