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From Connecting Communities Berkshire

Support available for families in Berkshire suffering due to rising energy bills

This month’s news that “more than one in four UK households will be in fuel poverty once Ofgem’s latest energy price cap rise comes into effect” will no doubt cause alarm to households across West Berkshire.

We want people to know that help is available. We have been running a project tackling fuel poverty for 10 years and can provide expertise in supporting low-income families that are struggling with their energy bills.

Helen Dean runs the Family Fuel & Water Poverty project in Berkshire and provides support and advice to low-income families to save money on their bills.

Helen says; “The increase in the price cap is devastating for families, particularly those on low incomes when they are already struggling to pay their bills. The worry this causes should not be underestimated, affecting families’ mental health, with some families having to choose between heating and eating.”

Helen works throughout Berkshire providing bespoke telephone advice, and attending targeted groups for young families. Through the project, she also provides training to practitioners who then cascade the information and advice to the vulnerable families they support.

Tim Parry, Chief Executive of CCB said; “With the announcement that energy bills will rise by almost £700 a year for a typical household we believe that more families in the region are likely to be pushed into fuel poverty so we are expecting to receive an increase in demand for this service. Our project can provide real support and results to families in need in the area”

Like Lisa from West Berks, who saved £260 per year after receiving telephone advice from Helen. Lisa said “I thought I was ok sorting out my bills before but I was unaware of how much I could save by tweaking just a few simple things. The advice from Helen was brilliant and she made it easy to understand instead of just having lots of information thrown at you to work out. Having the advice eased my mind to know that I could be saving instead of worrying so much.”

In the past five months, Helen has supported 65 families through telephone advice, saving a total of £9,351.

We would like to raise awareness of the service we provide and families on a low income can be referred or contact Helen directly on or visit our ‘Energy Advice’ page to find useful tips.

To hear Helen addressing the subject of rising cost of living and energy bills directly check out the recent Phil Kennedy show on BBC Radio Berkshire;

(Fast forward to 2:08:31 to hear Helen.)

West Berkshire District Council and VolkerHighways delivers carbon neutral works for Beedon

Newly relaid road (Volker Highways)

VolkerHighways is delighted to have successfully completed an entire surfacing programme whilst remaining carbon neutral, thanks to the innovative use of reduced carbon surfacing project, Milepave™

The works, delivered in collaboration with Miles Macadam and West Berkshire Council, form part of VolkerHighways’ seven-year highways maintenance and public realm contract with the council.

The project involved laying 32,000m2 of Milepave™, across four sites in West Berkshire, after the existing surfaces had suffered a significant amount of wear and tear. Milepave™ is an asphalt grouted warm mix surface course, that has a lower carbon footprint than conventional surfacing products.

Read the full article here...

A message from West Berkshire District Council

We're introducing a new digital permit to access our recycling centres.

✅ No more looking for your permit before you arrive

✅ No waiting for a new permit to arrive in the post

✅ No more paper permits

You will need to register online before 28 February, 2022 - paper permits, including green car permits that have already expired, will continue to be accepted until then. ️

0800 555 111 - A Number To Remember

A message from Thames Valley Police

I am sure you know that you should immediately call 999 if you see a crime being committed or in an emergency. And you should call 101 to report anything else to the police – or go online to do so. This, of course, involves you in providing your own contact details, and even though these will be treated in complete confidence by the police, sometimes we can be reluctant to ‘get involved’ to that extent. That is understandable, but we do not want your ‘piece of the jigsaw’ to be missed. It could be vital!

So, we are partnering with CrimeStoppers to remind everyone of ‘The 3rd Number – 0800 555 111’ that enables you to report your information totally anonymously if you prefer. Please view this link, and consider adding the number to your mobile phone speed-dial list so it is quickly ready when needed.

While contacting the police directly – especially if you could be an important witness – is what we hope most people will do most of the time, having the CrimeStoppers anonymous alternative plays a vital part in helping the police to ‘complete the criminal-intelligence jigsaw’.

Whichever way you do it – please report it!

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Berkshire Vision

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Berkshire Vision is the working name of Berkshire County Blind Society which is a charitable company limited by guarantee no. 07977903, registered in England and Wales. Registered charity no. 1146413.

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Reunite Foundation, taking the pressure off the NHS by reuniting family and loved ones and tracing next of kin. Reunite is a non profit and does not charge for services