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Dear Readers
Happy (almost) Easter Everyone! We hope you're enjoying the weather; it's becoming so much warmer & brighter! This is the month when more people start getting summery and book in holiday time, but the Chain is here to keep all of you hard workers updated on what's going on in the area while everyone else is out and having fun in the sun!
We hope you enjoy!
From all of us here at involve Community Services

Community News – our monthly community awareness event as well as other information to keep you happy and healthy
Training & Workshops – new learning opportunities for to get more prepared for both work and everyday life!
Events Important events occurring locally for all kinds of people to attend
Opportunities new roles to get you involved in the community
Available Funding Great ways to get your charity set up & ready for summer!


What are we doing in Wokingham Borough to safeguard adults at risk? 
April 27th, 10am - 12:30pm  • at the Earley Crescent Resource Centre

This free community awareness event will be covering:
- How to raise a concern
- What happens next
- The role of the safeguarding board
There will be a light buffet and time for networking at the event. Speakers are to include Teresa Bell, Independent Chair of the West of Berkshire Adult Safeguarding Board, Rob France, Local Area Commander & Thames Valley Police. Visit to book your place.

'Act FAST' campaign
Your local Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting the annual 'Act FAST' campaign which aims to highlight the common symptoms of stroke and mini strokes throughout January and February.
The campaign, which this year has a focus on mini strokes, encourages people to call 999 if they notice the symptoms in others or experience them themselves. A mini stroke
has similar symptoms to a full stroke, except that these symptoms last for a much shorter amount of time. It's vital to raise awareness of the importance of treating mini strokes with the same urgency as strokes because treating them early saves lives. The campaign urges people to Act FAST if they notice any of the following symptoms, even if they disappear within a short space of time:
• Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
• Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
• Speech – is their speech slurred? If they notice any of these symptoms it is
• Time – time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.
Anyone unsure about the symptoms they or their loved ones have experienced or whether to call 999 – call 111. For more information there is a campaign website.

Share Your Care
A new system for sharing information in Berkshire allows instant, secure access to your health and social care records for the professionals involved in your care, giving everyone the most up-to-date information about you, making your care safer and more efficient. The computer system used by health and social care professionals to see your shared record is called Connected Care.
The system takes a regular snapshot of information held at GP surgeries, hospital departments and local authorities across Berkshire. Those snapshots combine into a single, shared record all about you. Only those directly involved with your care and authorised to use the system can see your information. If you are present and able to answer, then you will be asked whether it is OK for the person looking after you to look up information about you on the computer system.
The computer system reduces the time spent by professionals checking details from different health and social care organisations. It can also reduce delays to your treatment caused by a lack of information. More information is available on a dedicated website.

LASP Wokingham Let it Shine Concert • 23rd March
The members of CLASP performed at The Bradbury Centre in Wokingham’s Rose Street on the evening of March 23rd. The programme included songs chosen by CLASP members with solos, audience participation and songs for all ages, plus all proceeds went to Red Nose Day!

Children with Additional Needs (CAN)
If you would like to receive information about what’s going on locally for children with additional needs, please sign up to the CAN Network by contacting Maria Walker on tel:
0118 974 6818 or email:

re3 Mythbusters
re3 has launched a series of ‘Mythbusters’ information sheets that you can use to help answer many of your residents or clients questions and concerns about waste management and recycling. Covering several topics from the recent changes at the recycling centres, through to kerbside rubbish collections and food waste disposal, the ‘Mythbusters’ series answers frequently asked questions and covers some popular talking points.
The whole series is available from their website here: and there’s also a YouTube video illustrating where to find the information you need:

Children's Play Areas Facing Cuts - Sign the Petition
Following reports of likely cuts to funding for maintenance and provision of Children's play areas by Local Authorities, Roger Hurst from Wokingham Town Council has started a Government e-petition which proposes a levy on the Professional Football Clubs for some of their wealth to be used to provide play areas for our children.
As well as helping to provide an essential facility for young children to help keep them fit and active, spending funds in this way could also increase the potential for those very children to go on to participate in football (as well as other sport).
If you would consider signing the petition and passing the link onto your members in order that they may be able to hopefully support the campaign too & publicise the petition to residents within their respective areas, it would be much appreciated:
Please support the proposal, our children deserve these areas.


involve Wokingham & Bracknell Training • April-Oct 2017
We have lots of great training set up for the next few months. Media & PR Training on Trustee Roles & Responsibilities on 19th April, Risk Assessment on 20th April, Conflict Management on 26th April, and much more! Visit our website or contact Claire for more information:

T:01344 383524 or

Volunteer Management Workshop • Wednesday 19th April,
9.30am – 2.30pm • in Wokingham Town Centre • £20 (£25 for groups outside Wokingham)

Groups that depend on volunteers can maximise their effectiveness by paying attention to every aspect of volunteer management.  Join this workshop to learn more about good practice in recruitment, induction, development of roles and policies, valuing volunteers and dealing with problems – all designed to help your group find and keep good volunteers for longer. Course materials will include specimen documents and templates that can be used to generate your own. Costs include a light lunch and course materials.
Please register direct with Christine or Helena: Call 0118 977 0749 or email

Earley CResCent Resource Centre Courses:
Intro to English Language & Culture • 5 week course starting 25th April - 23rd May, 9:30am - 12:00noon
This free course is for adults who have recently arrived in the UK and want to improve their English and learn about British Culture. Topics include introductions and meeting new people, daily life in the UK, out and about in town, housing and asking for help and healthcare and visiting the doctor.

Cooking for One • 5 week course starting 27th April, 2pm- 4pm • £20
Learn to cook simple, healthy food on a budget and enjoy it in session! Learn a new meal each week including Soup, Main courses, Desserts, Cakes & Freezing!
Contact Clare Arnaboldi their Training Officer on 0118 921 0555 to book your place or visit their website for more information.

Gypsy Roma Traveller Cultural Awareness Course • Friday 30th June, 9am to 12noon • Free
Richard O’Neill is an experienced Gypsy Traveller trainer having delivered awareness sessions for Police Forces, Housing Associations, Local Authorities and National Charities. Many sessions have been to Multi-Agency Groups. He is also the Gypsy Traveller Awareness Trainer for North West Employers. Below is an outline of the programme he is offering.
Aims and objectives
 •      To provide an awareness of current practice and legislation around these communities
•       To introduce Gypsy Traveller history and culture
•       To provide a context for the legal aspects of Gypsies and Travellers
•       To provide case studies and models of good practice
•       To provide items for discussion
Tea and Coffee will be provided. To book your place email or
call 07702 557 337.

WB Council Assist Workshops • Wednesday 26th April 9.30am-1.15pm
The Assist team at WBC is offering an Autism Awareness workshop to parents, carers and practitioners. All courses held by the assist team will be held in Woodley and are subsidised. For further information or to book a place, contact Pam Breslin, WBC Children’s Services LDD Service on 0118 974 6882 or

Managing Difficult Interactions Training by Thames Valley Initiative
TVI are pleased to be able to offer another training day for admin / reception staff, Managing Difficult Interactions.  This popular training will take place on Thurs 27th April at Rose Green Community Centre, Oxford. In the course of your work, do you come across clients with emotional or mental health problems? These can manifest as problematic to deal with, either in person or on the telephone. The t
raining will help you to offer the best response to clients coming to your service. To reserve a place, please make contact asap– places are limited to 20.  Click here to view the leaflet for the event and to receive an application form and book your place contact Sue Pauley on telephone 07815 902049 or email

Whitley Community Development Association Training • Saturday 22nd April,
9:30am - 3pm • Whitley Wood Community Centre

This course is designed to appeal to anyone who wants to know more about their community and how they can become more active. It is suitable for:
~ Those who are keen to get involved in their community and want to know more
~ Those who are already active in their communities and would like to develop their knowledge further
Content includes what is community, why and how to get involved, starting a group, local democracy, power and powerlessness and equalities. This course is FREE to Whitley residents, £25 for others. To book please email: or for more information call: 07799 146615

Reading Voluntary Actions Training Courses
RVA offer the same services as we do here at involve, but they cater more for the Reading area whereas we cater for Wokingham and Bracknell. They have many great training courses available, so if you miss the chance to go on a certain course we offer, RVA is likely to offer a similar sort of thing! They're offering various courses over the next few months including Campaigner Using Local Media on April 6th, Trustee Training on May 9th & Safeguarding for Trustees June 8th. To learn more about these courses visit their website or contact them on 0118 937 2273
or email


A Different World Music Festival • 29th July • at Abbey Rugby Club
This is a music festival with food, drink, stalls and entertainment but a bit quieter and fully accessible.  The festival is on Saturday 29th July at Abbey Rubgy Football Club in Reading.  This year, carers go free.  For more information, please go to their website:

ClothesBank Bracknell Summer 2017 Giving Event • 26th April,
10.15am to 1pm • St Joseph’s Church, RG12 1HA

Donations of seasonal adult and children’s clothing, of all sizes, will be sorted by a team of volunteers to ensure the clothes are of a good quality and the volunteers distributing the clothing at the giving event will work from a set list of garments per client to ensure that it is distributed fairly.
The ClothesBank operates a voucher system, similar to the Foodbank, so if you would like to distribute vouchers for the next giving event then please email the bank at no later than Monday 17th April 2017, with a contact name and postal address for us to send the vouchers to.
The ClothesBank is also able to accommodate emergency referrals in between giving events so if you would like to speak to someone about an emergency referral then please do not hesitate to email at or call 01344 421079.
 Please also be advised that the date for the Autumn give away is 28th June and the date for the Winter giveaway is 11th October 2017.

Wokingham Walk • Sunday 7th May
Registration for this event will open in March and information about how to register will be included in our March newsletter. Further information about the event including routes can be found at All proceeds raised from entry fees will be donated to our charity and will be used to help fund the Family Liaison Worker supporting families with children post. In addition walkers can choose to get sponsorship for our charity (or the charity of their choice) to increase the amount raised. So get your teams ready

Young Carers Drop-In Support and Guidance Service
Are you a young carer or a looked after child? For advice, guidance and information, drop in to have a chat! On Tuesday, sessions are held at Coopers Hill Centre, starting on April 25th, and on Thursday they're at the Spot, Sandhurst, which begin on April 27th. Sessions run from 4pm - 6pm for ages 11+. For more information visit:

Thumbs Up Club
Thumbs Up club have spaces available during the Easter holidays for children with a diagnosis of learning difficulty and/or disability aged 3-19. The club runs at Addington School, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, from 9.30am to 4.00pm. For further information please phone 0118 947 1196 or email: or download a booking form from their website at

ARCs Annual General Meeting • Monday 8th May 5pm-7pm • at Wokingham town hall
This year will be a different format with a 1 hour workshop for adults and parents who wish to help young people deal with anxiety, followed by a brief outline of ARC's work in the past year and some refreshments and a chance to talk to their team.
Anxiety has been the most common presenting issue for counselling the past year and as a result ARC have been delivering these workshops across the borough for the past year , in conjunction with Wokingham Borough Council. If you would be interested in attending please email or call the ARC Co-ordinator, Paul Cassidy, on either 01189 772818 or 07977 395327.


Wokingham, Bracknell & District MenCap Gateway Award Project Co-ordinator
10-12 hours per week - £11 per hour

The Gateway Award Project is a life-skills programme (similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award) working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. The project takes place at workshops on Monday and Thursday evenings in Bracknell and at other venues as required. This vacancy is for a Co-ordinator:
- To supervise staff and volunteers and promote and facilitate the Mencap Gateway Award including supporting adults to enrol on the Award and verify evidence collected by individuals to send for external verification.
- To lead in providing activities at the workshops and organising trips off-site to meet the requirements of the Gateway Award.
- To attend training, meetings, outings and specialactivities as required.
Closing date for applications for this vacancy is Thursday 13th April 2017 at 12 noon. Interviews will be held week beginning Monday 24th April 2017. They are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated people to join their team. Experience of working in similar positions is desirable, but training will be given for the successful applicant. For further details, application form and job specification please contact them on 0300 7778 539 or email References and an Enhanced DBS Check will be carried out on successful candidates.

Caring, Listening And Supporting Partnership Volunteer Needed
Would you like to help a small local charity? Could you help adults with learning disabilities to get their voices heard? CLASP are looking for a volunteer to support our members to participate in and develop their campaigning group ‘Take Notice’. This would be a diverse and varied role and may include:
- Helping members to develop their ideas for a project
- Organising a fundraising event
- Helping members to prepare a presentation
Take Notice meet on a Friday morning from 10:00am-12:00noon in Wokingham. The group is supported at all times by CLASP’s Project Worker, so the volunteer will not be left unsupervised. If you would like more information about this voluntary role please contact CLASP on 0118 9796364 or email

National Citizen Service 'Dragon' Volunteer
Being a dragon for NCS would involve giving up one afternoon of your time in summer to sit on a panel of 'dragons' much like dragons den. Teams of young people have been designing social action volunteering projects and campaigns and will be pitching their ideas to a panel of 'dragons' for funding to make these projects possible. It would be your role along with 2-3 other dragons to listen to their pitches, question them on their project plans and make a decision as to how much money they will be awarded (the money is provided by us). It is a great opportunity for you to see what young people in your area are getting up to and the changes they are interested in making. If you think you would be interested please contact Charlotte on 07392 873 318 or email


Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support
These grants are for charities that help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment. The grants are only available to charities that are registered with the Charity Commission located in England and/or Wales.
They encourage charities that have an annual income under £500,000 to apply for a Small Grant of £5,000 or less. They will, however, consider requests for grants of over £5,000 if the charity can demonstrate it will be used for an innovative project or service. Funding may be granted for up to three years, where there is evidence of an on-going need for funding
The application deadlines for Small Grants are on a rolling programme and applications can be submitted on, or by, the third Friday of each month.  Applications are then considered at
monthly meetings. The next application deadline for the Large Grants Enquiry Form is 13th April 2017. For more information, visit their website.

Lloyds Social Entrepreneurs Programme
Are you planning to grow an organisation that helps people in need? Are you running or starting up a project to create social or environmental impact? The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme could support you. They welcome people from all backgrounds, including ex-offenders. You don’t need any educational qualifications. They will help you to grow your organisation for a year, by providing:
- A learning programme
- A grant of up to £10,000
- Mentoring
                                                                                   - community of people who run social projects
They can help you at all stages: whether you have just an idea, you’re already up-and-running, or you’re ready to scale. The deadline for this funding is April 26th 2017 at 1pm. Visit // for more information.

Community Learning Development Fund Opportunity
Wokingham Borough Council has approximately £10,000 of SFA Adult Education Budget Funding available to organisations who would like to deliver short education courses for adults aged 19+ across the borough.  Courses must be delivered by 31st July 2017 and a maximum of £1000 will be awarded per application.
The aim of the fund is to support the widening of participation in adult education in Wokingham by providing funding to local services and organisations to deliver courses which address unmet needs identified amongst users or residents.
If you are interested in applying please complete this application form and return to Lorraine Barker either by post: Adult & Community Learning Manager, Waterford House, Erftstadt court, Wokingham, RG40 2YF. or email:
 Closing date for applications is mid-day Friday 14th April. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by Monday 24th April.

If you would like your local event, opportunity or workshop to be advertised in our newsletter, please send the relevant information to Our newsletters have no specific schedule, but we are now aiming to get them released within the second week of every month, so be sure to send content nice and early! If your content has a late application date, then it may be posted a month later than you submitted it so that it is advertised nearer the closing date.

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