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.
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
Supporting many local projects – www.conservationfoundation.co.uk
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.greenhamtrust.com
Celebrate local distinctiveness – www.commonground.org.uk
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 http://www.timebanking.org/
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.
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