A call for local businesses to transform the way we manage mental health by joining the £1 per employee programme

We are encouraging the regions employers to donate £1 per employee towards their good mental health. With statistics showing that mental health issues cost businesses £1,000-plus per person, these vital funds will enable Brighter Berkshire to fund local charities and initiatives aimed at making a lasting difference to the mental health of the Berkshire population.

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CCB Saving families in Berkshire money on their home energy bills

CCB’s Helen Dean has a very busy year delivering 42 drop-in advice sessions and talks for families, targeting families with low incomes across Berkshire. Helen has also run 6 training sessions for front-line workers who support low income families. 400 families received advice and support, and 312 families were given a 1:1 consultation. CCB supported 132 families in making a claim for the Warm Home Discount, who were unaware of their entitlement, levering in £19,040 of income to low-income families and vulnerable families.

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WORKING SMART TO REDUCE LONELINESS – Unemployed women in Reading are benefitting from a £5k Funding Boost granted to Smart Works.

Smart Works Reading has received £5,000 from the Berkshire Community Foundation – A Life Less Lonely fund. The grant will enable Smart Works Reading to continue to help women in Reading and the Thames Valley area get back into work, combatting the loneliness and isolation they often feel whilst battling unemployment. A recent report by Public Health England stated that 50% of unemployed people are socially isolated.

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Join us to launch the Brighter Berkshire and Berkshire Community Foundation partnership!

BCF are delighted to join forces with Brighter Berkshire – 2017 Year of Mental Health. Following the release of the recent Vital Signs report and the announcement that our 2017 focus is around mental health issues, we look forward to working with Brighter Berkshire to make a lasting diference. Together we will help to deliver a legacy fund for local mental health charities.

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BCF and Longleigh Foundation team up to tackle loneliness in Reading

BCF are delighted to form a strategic partnership with Reading-based Longleigh Foundation, a new grant-giving independent national charity that funds community projects supporting vulnerable people, to tackle loneliness across the county. The new partnership will see a jointly funding a community project aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation among adults in Reading.

The partnership will see Ascot supplement its existing charitable efforts, which have been headlined recently by raising over £750,000 for The Prince’s Countryside Fund over the last two years, with a specific focus on children and young people in the Berkshire area.

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