Training Opportunities this summer

Low Carbon Community Buildings & Small Businesses Webinar. Booking here:

13th June 2022, 7pm, online

Migrating to renewable power and renewable heating systems? Need to reduce fuel costs? All you need to know from an independent expert Tom Macdonald, Berkshire Project Officer from the Low Carbon Workplaces grant scheme. Every Hall or Small business is different and no single solution fits every hall, Tom will guide us through the many options and answer your questions.

The session will also cover;

  • smart energy management
  • energy saving options
  • renewables & energy generation
  • case studies

Tuesday 21st June 2022, online, 7pm. Booking here:

Free, online webinar for anyone from a rural or urban community in Berkshire interested in exploring the options for providing AFFORDABLE housing for people with a connection to their neighbourhood.

This session will cover;

  • The definitions of Rural affordable housing
  • Ways to effectively communicate and engage well with your community
  • How to gather valuable data to be confident that there is ‘need’ in your community
  • Understanding how to read and use the data effectively
  • What outcomes you can expect from a successful survey and how you can use it to progress

Monday 4th July 2022, online, 7pm. Booking and further details here:

An exciting opportunity to attend an online training workshop examining successful community-led housing models & case studies.

Helping our Mental Health & Wellbeing in Berkshire

This week is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek (9th – 15th May) with a theme of loneliness – something we all can experience at some point in our lives, which can have a huge impact on our wellbeing.

Sometimes it can be easier to reach out to someone else who may be feeling lonely. As part of the Better Health: Every Mind Matters campaign the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport alongside the Department for Health and Social Care are continuing to encourage people to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’ by taking a simple action to help someone who may be feeling lonely. If we do this regularly, we can all help to lift each other up.

Find out how you can help to lift someone out of loneliness.

We know there are some fantastic organisation’s in Berkshire and while you may not need them now it is always good to know who and where we can turn to when we or a loved one needs a bit of support. Some are running special events this week including;

Stepping Stones @ Bracknell Recovery College, Friday 13th May @ 6pm. Do you sometimes feel isolated? different from other people? unable to cope? How can we help you? Suitable for people aged 18 to 35 years who live in Bracknell Forest area. Click here.

Wokingham Recovery College offers free mental health and wellbeing courses, workshops and support groups. Anyone over 18 years of age living in Wokingham Borough can access these courses. Click here for their summer timetable. For those battling loneliness in Wokingham BC, The Friendship Alliance provides community spaces, cafés and pubs and will offer to host a “Friendship Table” on a regular basis, encouraging people to meet up, connect with others, and feel supported.

Slough CVS has been running a variety of courses this week with other organisations. On Monday 23rd they’re running a free webinar for young people to help with their mental health and wellbeing. Click here for details. On Thursday 9th June they’re running a workshop looks on how to stress less effectively. Click here for details.

Recovery in Mind is on a mission to improve the lives of adults living in West Berkshire with mental health challenges by delivering free of charge, inspiring and empowering courses. Take a look here

Sport in Mind ® is an award winning mental health charity that was formed in Reading, Berkshire in 2010 with a simple mission:

“To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity”

Take a look at their programme of events here

Ready Friends, project is all about supporting local people, communities and voluntary sector groups to reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading. For further details click here.

Berkshire Communities come together to celebrate the Jubilee!

It’s fantastic to see so many communities coming together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next month. Here is just a snippet of what we have noticed is going on across the county. We are sure there are many more and if you would like us to share any of your events or parties on our social media streams we would be happy to spread the word, drop a line to

Mortimer’s Jubilee Party When: Friday 3rd evening & all day Saturday 4th June

Mortimer’s Jubilee Party is taking place in and around The Fairground over the long weekend in June. Its fun, its free and its for all the family.

Events include Jubilee Village Procession; Battle of Britain Flypasts, Moulin Mortimer; Fun Fair; Fireworks; Commonwealth Kids Sports Day; Proms in the Park; Vintage Cars; Stalls; Food & Bar.

Cookham High Street Jubilee Party, June 5 @ 12:00 – 16:00. FREE

Cookham High Street will be closed off to traffic on Sunday 5th June 2022 to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign and decorated with Jubilee flags and bunting. The High Street will have 75 trestle tables placed end to end in 2 adjacent rows set up along the length of the road with 500 chairs either side of the tables for people to sit. The community are invited to attend free of charge and are welcome to bring “ Jubilee Picnics “ along or enjoy hot food from the High Street restaurants and public houses who will be operating as normal . Children’s entertainment ….Live Music …..Bandstand Sing a Long …..Cake Competition…….and much much more.

READING is set to host a four-day extravaganza of events, parties and activities this June, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including a record-breaking 57 community street parties.

Eton Street Party. All are welcome but only those with tickets will be able to sit down at tables.Go to website for further details at

The Emmbrook Trail Join us 28 May-6 June 2022 for a trail around Emmbrook to spot as many scarecrow displays as you can. Details on how to buy maps coming soon and all proceeds go to Emmbrook Infant and Junior School PTA.

Queen’s Jubilee Events in West Berkshire – including events at Shaw House, West Berkshire museum and libraries.

Slough Black Collectives brings you a Commonwealth Jubilee Celebration on Friday 3rd June @The Curve Slough

In Hungerford they are enjoying Beacon Lighting, a Jubilee picnic & entertainment and a Make & Bake competition

Connecting the cost of living to the environment

Prices are rising fast and the pressure is growing on our household finances. Food and fuel are getting more expensive, with prices rising at their fastest rate in 30 years. We are all feeling the pinch and have to make choices about what we spend our money on. In addition to this cost-of-living crisis, we are still grappling with a climate emergency, with many of us determined to do our bit to reduce our environmental impact.

We have thought about how we can help bring communities together to connect the cost of living to helping the environment. We would like to run an information sharing/training workshop with partner organisations to showcase how we can all save money while improving our environmental impact.

The cost of going green can sometimes be difficult to understand. Big-ticket items such as new environmentally friendly central heating systems may be beneficial both financially and ecologically in the long-run, but require a significant up-front investment. There has to be some truth to the idea that if we consume less, we can reduce our impact on the environment while spending less money. After all, consumption costs.

The difficulty though is finding the balance where we can make savings to our household expenditure and reduce our environmental impact, without having too detrimental an impact on our quality of life.

The purpose of this West Berkshire-based event is to offer a one-stop shop for people who want to feel galvanised to make changes in their daily lives to help themselves and their community move towards a net-zero future while doing all they can to make their household income go further. It’s all about making small changes that can have a big impact.

We are currently pulling together and finalising details of this free, online workshop to run the week commending 27th of June. Please register your interest by emailing

GreenFest returning to West Berkshire in 2022

GreenFest is a community-driven sustainability event packed with expert speakers, thought-provoking exhibitions, a market showcasing sustainable
products, live entertainment, and local food.

Additionally, there will be a wide range of professional sustainability advice on offer, activities, workshops and games for the children. And best of all, in GreenFest tradition – it will all be free! Our goal at GreenFest is to dismantle the misconceptions and barriers around sustainability and make it accessible for all.

GreenFest is a purely nonprofit event organised entirely by volunteers from various local parishes across West Berkshire. It is a community-driven
festival run by the people for the people because we believe it’s important to make sustainability accessible to all and we hope it will be key to inspiring people to continue (or begin) their journey towards a sustainable future.

We hope GreenFest 2022 will creatively showcase the choices available to us and highlight local sustainable heroes in business, education, art, agriculture and the community. We hope it will be an educating, inspiring and fun-filled day for families and people of all ages looking to make impactful changes in their lives – and have FUN as they do it! For further details click here.