The aim of 'Take Pride' is to encourage and assist volunteering activities in the Bracknell Forest area. 'Take Pride' is a campaign run jointly between Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action, Bracknell Forest Council and Thames Valley Police.
The campaign represents an ideal opportunity for volunteers to become directly involved in making a positive difference to the environment and our community. Volunteering is a great way to share skills, knowledge and leisure time with like minded others to improve the quality of life in our community.
The main aim of the Take Pride campaign is to give people an opportunity to do something positive for their local community by encouraging them to take part in activities designed to improve the borough.
Although there are plans in place to deal with things like anti-social behaviour and litter on a borough wide scale we want people to feel that they can play an active part in helping to shape their community and by working together we can make the borough safer, cleaner and a more pleasant place to live.
Yes. Some events will be organised to take place in the evenings and at weekends and many will only last an hour or two. And you can take part in as many or as few as you like, for example some community associations run litter picks every other month and you can go just once or to every single one. Alternatively why not get your company to organise a Take Pride event which everyone can get involved in.
Not always. If an event like a litter pick or water course clearance has been organised then you can just turn up and take part. But speedwatch and crime awareness patrols can only be carried out by registered volunteers; this is because you will need to be insured and trained. Volunteers for crime awareness patrols will also need to undergo a police background check.
Obviously some activities will require a certain degree of fitness for example crime awareness patrols could require a lot of walking but other activities can be done whatever your fitness level. If you are in any doubt about your ability to take part please contact the events organiser to discuss your concerns.
The Take Pride campaign is about getting everyone in the borough involved in their local area and anyone connected to Bracknell in any way is welcome to take part as an individual or as part of a larger group, and companies are welcome to either take part in pre-organised activities or organise their own events just contact the Take Pride team to discuss your ideas.
Take Pride is about getting people involved in their community and how you do this is up to you. In addition to the environmental projects, there are many voluntary and community groups throughout Bracknell Forest borough who would welcome volunteers for a variety of roles such as administration, marketing and publicity, adult helpers for Scouts, Guides or Brownies, drivers to take the elderly/infirm to medical appointments, befrienders and many more besides. You can take a look online at www.do-it.org.uk or contact Tracey Morgan, Volunteer Recruitment Officer at Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action www.bfva.org for more information.