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The network of community groups committed to the care of the environment, greener living and development of the local economy in Berkshire
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Community Organisations

Community Council for Berkshire
The Community Council for Berkshire maintains a comprehensive list of Trusts, Foundations and Government sources of funding for projects with social, healthy living and environmental aims. The CCB is administering the 2010 Community Empowerment Awards in Berkshire with a top cash prize of £2000.
The Berkshire Community Foundation, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Reading RG7 4SA Tel 0118 930 3021 e-mail bct@I-way.co.uk or visit the web site at www.berksfoundation.org.uk

Conservation Foundation
Supporting many local projects - www.conservationfoundation.co.uk

Credit Unions
Credit Unions are financial co-operatives owned and run by members. They offer accessible savings and funds for low interest loans.  The award-winning Global Credit Union set up by Reading Borough Council to help low-income families make their homes more energy efficient is an example of the first type.  Visit Social Enterprise Berkshire at www.seberkshire.org

A new credit union based at CAB offices in Marlow Road, Maidenhead was set up in November 2010. Contact Community Savings and Loans on 01189 585802.

Greenham Common Trust
Owned and managed by Greenham Common Trust, New Greenham Park is a thriving 61-hectare (150-acre) business park near Newbury, Berkshire. Close to the borders of West Berkshire and Hampshire, it offers a selection of commercial property in the heart of the Thames Valley, one of Europe's leading business regions.
New Greenham Park is located on the former Greenham Common Airbase near Newbury in Berkshire and has a mixture of large and small offices, high-tech units and properties suitable for research and development, warehousing and distribution property, light industrial units, small nursery/starter units and larger accommodation suitable for heavy manufacturing.
With a comprehensive range of amenities, a dedicated network of business support and a committed and pro-active approach to the green agenda, New Greenham Park is an ideal business location.
Greenham Comon Trust, The Enterprise Centre, New Greenham Park, Newbury, Berkshire RG19 6HW Tel: 01635 817444 or visit now at www.greenham-common-trust.co.uk

Groundwork Thames Valley
Groundwork Thames Valley works in partnership with Government, Business and Local Authorities and is committed to social, economic and environmental regeneration. It will advise local groups on how best to make a bid for the money on offer. Tel: 01895 832662. website www.groundwork-tv.org.uk

Local Distinctiveness
Celebrate local distinctiveness -  www.commonground.org.uk

Social Enterprise Berkshire
Social Enterprise Berkshire provides training and support for businesses wanting to set up as co-operatives or community enterprises.  Staff can help groups think through ideas, develop and set up enterprises. The Agency maintains a useful information bank including organisations who can help and grants available. Training is also offered on aspects of running a community enterprise e.g. project and financial management, business planning, marketing etc. The concept and benefits of community enterprises are promoted widely to the general public, authorities, large business etc.  For further information, please contact Claire Morgan: Tel: 0118 901 5799 or e-mail info@seberkshire.org  Website www.seberkshire.org

A community enterprise is defined as having social and environmental objectives, especially training, aims eventually to become self-financing and is run by local people. Generally, they provide local services to local people; community cafes, community gardens, managed workspace for instance. Rather than maximising shareholder value, their main aim is to generate profit to further their social and environmental goals.
 
Time Banking
A time bank is a way for people to come together and help each other. Participants 'deposit' their time in the bank by giving practical help and support and are able to 'withdraw' their time when they need something done themselves. Everyone's time is worth the same and a broker links people up and keeps records. People help each other with everything from making phone calls to sharing meals and giving lifts to the shop ? anything that brings them together. There now over 100 time bank groups operating in schools and communities throughout in the UK.
For further information and to join the network see www.timebanks.co.uk
A Carebank scheme was launched in Maidenhead in December 2011 between the Royal Borough and WRVS developed as part of the Big Society. Contact: Ros Fry on 01628 636098 or Linda Jennings on 07714 898604.

Volunteering
Get in touch with your local Volunteers Centre to find out about the dozens of different opportunities there are for volunteering to help make a difference in your neighbourhood.
Bracknell CVS 
Sue Telfer Tel: 01344 304404
CHAIN Hungerford - Unit 9, Kennet House, 19 High Street, Hungerford RG17 0NL
Tel: 01488 683727
Lambourn Volunteer Group - Gordon House, High Street, Lambourn RG17 8XL
Tel: 01488 71536
Newbury Volunteer Bureau - 1 Bolton Place, Newbury RG14 1AJ
Tel: 01635 49004
Pangbourne and District Volunteer Centre - United Reform Church, Reading Road, Pangbourne, Reading RG8 7AP
Tel: 0118 984 4586
Reading Voluntary Action
Catherine Surtees 0118 957 4123
Slough Council for Voluntary Service - 27 Church Street, Slough, SL1 1PL
Rochana Sheward Tel: 01753 691266 or 524176 Email: sloughcvs@btinternet.com
Thatcham Volunteer Bureau - Waring House, Bluecoats, Thatcham RG18 4ND
Tel: 01635 874666
West Berkshire CVS - Sue Ballard Tel 01635 523861
Windsor & Maidenhead Voluntary Action - 67 St Leonards Road ,Windsor SL4 3BX
Tel: 01753 622433 www.wmvolaction.org.uk
Wokingham Volunteer Centre - The Old Social Club, Elms Road, Wokingham RG40 2AA
Tel: 0118 977 0749
Wokingham Voluntary Sector Forum
Rose Green Tel: 0118 974 6792



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