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September 2019

Wokingham Chain Newsletter Issue 60

Hi everyone,
Work place wellbeing is an agenda item that is growing as the demand on our health & social care system increases and businesses begin to focus on staff wellbeing more – either from a purely financial/ organisational delivery background or a more ‘interested in our workforce’ way. Within this newsletter there are details of an event taking place in West Berkshire on workplace well-being, but I want to float a few ideas out there too.
Some of the work place wellbeing doesn’t need to be BIG changes, just subtle, positive messages to support and enable people to consider small life changes. I have found the following pictograph from Canada promoting healthier snacking.

Many of us work in an industry/ culture where there are many/endless cakes, biscuits and crisps in the work place. Pushing and promoting to staff/ volunteers alternative snacks can begin to gently improve people’s health.  Another simple message is:

Many of us sit down at a desk for hours at a time, this is hugely negative for our bodies and minds yet simply standing up for a few minutes in each hour can make a massive difference.
If you want to know more about workplace wellbeing then perhaps I’ll see you at the conference in West Berks but do get in touch to hear about this piece of work as there may be opportunities to work together amongst charities and groups to support each other better with our limited resources.
Thanks everyone, lots more going on of course so please read on…

Philip Cook l  General Manager         Tel: 01344 304404

Local Voluntary Sector News

Growth Club
1st October 2019, 9am-12:30pm at Coppid Beech Hotel
Growth Club is open to all and free to attend, for all who work or volunteer in the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector who wish to find support for their organisations undertakings – it is an opportunity to network and find peer support – it is your chance to tell us what we can do to help you achieve success in your roles. In our next session we will have a professional speaker who will be briefing on organisational duties and responsibilities to paid staff and volunteers regarding their emotional well-being.  Reserve your place now:
Trustee Training: It’s Not Just For Newbies
involve’s successful training for charity trustees is targeted at people new to being trustees or those who are interested in joining a board.
But, as Charity Law and regulations are being constantly updated, and especially in these turbulent political times, ALL trustees would strongly benefit from being refreshed in their knowledge.
Our trustee training covers Ensuring public trust in your charity, Public Benefit & new reporting requirements, Types of charitable organisations, Trustee’s responsibilities & roles, How to protect trustees’ liability, Conflicts of interest, Recruiting trustees, and more.
Next planned training: 22/11/2019
As well as our regular training, involve can also run a bespoke course for your whole board, focused on any topic of governance you need. To book a place or enquire about training, contact or 01344 304 404.
Supported Employment Service
Helping you find and keep talented employees with disabilities or mental health needs.
Our staff are kept up-to-date with specialist training as well as providing disability and mental health awareness training to employers. We are a member of BASE (the British Association for Supported Employment) working within the Supported Employment Model. We use the internationally recognised Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model to support people who have mental health problems and/or addictions to gain and keep paid employment.  If you are an employer looking to fill a job opening we can offer:
•   Advice and support on employing people with disabilities.
•   Matching the right person to the roles you have available.
•   Support to understand your duties around making reasonable adjustments for illness/disabilities.
•   Information and advice for addressing work-place issues because of illness or disability.
•   Support and guidance about the effects of stress within the workplace and how to promote positive mental well-being for your employees.
Fidn out more:    (0118) 977 8600
Health Inequalities: Place-Based Approaches to Reduce Inequalities
Public Health England has published guidelines to support local action on health inequalities.
In England today there is a 19 year gap in healthy life expectancy between the most and least affluent areas of the country. It is a stark symbol of social injustice that those living in the most deprived communities spend more years in ill health and die sooner.
To help tackle this huge challenge at local level, Public Health England, the Association of Directors of Public Health and the Local Government Association has created ‘Place-based approaches for health inequalities’, information, tools and resources designed to complement the excellent work already taking place at local level and support further co-ordinated action between local government, the NHS and the voluntary and community sector. You can find the guidelines here.
Tackling the Causes of Preventable Ill Health: Your Views
NHS England is seeking your views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England. In launching the consultation NHS England has said: “We know that our health is shaped by the environment in which we live, the choices we make, and the services we receive. We need to take action on each of these”.
The consultation is open now and closes at 11:59pm on 14 October 2019.  You can access it here. 
Get Berkshire Active Awards
The GBA Awards are an amazing opportunity for local people, clubs and organisations to be recognised and celebrated for their achievements and commitment to sport and physical activity at all levels. The event celebrates excellence in sport as well as applauding the unseen work that goes on behind the scenes to make sport and physical activity happen.
There are also awards for schools, community groups and workplaces who put physical activity and wellbeing at the forefront of their objectives. To highlight our work with young people this year Get Berkshire Active announce a new ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ award to recognise the new generation who support events and help make Berkshire more active.
*Please consider nominating your club, programme, volunteers, players, coaches or workplace!*
The 8th Get Berkshire Active Award categories are:

1. Sports Personality of the Year                               2. Junior Sports Personality of the Year
3. Active Workplace of the Year                                 4. Physical Activity for Health Award
5. (Adult) Volunteer of the Year                                 6. Coach of the Year
7. Community Club of the Year                                  8. Youth Engagement Project of the Year
9. Young Volunteer of the Year                                 10. Active School (Primary & Secondary) Award
11. Team Performance of the Year                           12. Lifetime Achievement Award
To submit your nomination(s) go to the GBA Awards hub here.
Protect Your World - Top Cyber Tips
Over the next few weeks, Thames Valley Police will be publishing our top cyber security tips as part of our Protect Your World campaign. Our Protect Your World campaign aims to encourage Thames Valley residents and businesses to protect themselves online. The campaign is aimed at helping residents stay one step ahead of cyber criminals by producing top cyber security steps everyone needs to take.
It not only explains the risks of cyber crime, but also what steps you should be taking to stay safe and how you can complete them. For more information on our seven top tips, visit the Protect Your World page and follow the campaign on our social media channels using #ProtectYourWorld.
Community Christmas Draw 2019: Raise funds at no cost to your charity
Following the success of 2018 we are pleased to invite Community Groups, Schools and Charities to participate in the 2019 Community Christmas Draw.
The draw will be organised and administered by the members of the Rotary Club of Easthampstead and will take place at 8pm on Monday 16 December 2019 at the Coppid Beech Hotel, Bracknell.
We will provide you with draw tickets (free of charge) for you to sell to your supporters and contacts and the general public. All the money you raise will be set aside by the Rotary Club and handed back to you following the draw.                              How it works
 -      Appoint a contact for your organisation.
 -      Using the form below, provide a name and email address with a telephone number if possible.
 -      Let us know how many books you hope to sell. There is no minimum number.
 -      Raffle book collection points are:
                -      involve Community Services, The Court House, Broadway, Bracknell T: 01344 304404
                -      Wokingham Volunteer Centre, Denton Road, Wokingham T:  0118 977 0749
 -      All money, counterfoils and unsold tickets must be returned by 8pm on Thursday 12 December.
 -      Further details will be provided with your tickets.               To find out more & apply, click here.

Upcoming Events

Earley Community Forum ‘Have Your Say’ Event
Sat 21 September, 10am – 12 noon at Asda Mall, Lower Earley and
Silverdale Road (near Tesco), 10am - 12 noon 

Come along and find out what the Group do and help choose what
priorities the Neighbourhood Action Group should adopt.
    -     Earley Neighbourhood Action Group
    -     Police
    -     Bike safety checks
    -     Information and advice to keep you and your bike safe 
    -     Wokingham Borough Council - Community Engagement Team
For more information visit or email
Wokingham Arts Trial
Saturday 21st September, 10:30am-  5pm at Wokingham Town Hall
Discover artists living and working locally in homes, studios and temporary spaces.
This weekend is a wonderful way to get to see the artistic talent within Wokingham. Great for anyone interested in art and for children interested in different styles and creative processes. For further information, please call 0118 978 3185.
The Charity Volunteer Recruitment Fair
Saturday 28th September, 10am - 1pm at Wokingham Town Hall
This event will feature 15 charities, with a range of volunteer roles and activities, including Citizen’s Advice, Me2 Club, Berkshire Vision, Holt Copse Conservation Volunteers, the Link Visiting Scheme, British Heart Foundation, ABC to Read, Sue Ryder, Sebastian’s Action Trust,
Rotary, Homestart, Marie Curie, SAFE, Wokingham Guides and Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue.  Volunteer roles on offer will include supporting children, young people, families, the elderly and those suffering with learning disabilities, health issues, sensory impairments or life-limiting conditions; environment and conservation; horses; fundraising; supporting reading in schools; advice and information and search and rescue to support the emergency services.
Sport & Physical Activity Network Forum
(with a focus on Children & Young People)

Wednesday 25th September at Bisham Abbey, near Marlow
The network theme will be "How do we encourage more Young People in Berkshire to live active lives now and in the future" and will provide an opportunity to hear from experts in the field as well as national and local examples of good practice.
We are pleased to announce one of our guest speakers will be Matt Pearce, Head of Public Health & Wellbeing at West Berkshire Council, who will present a public health take on physical inactivity – "Move More and Sit Less".
Jo Moss, Strategic Lead for Children & Young People at Sport England, will provide an overview of the Active Lives Data nationally and for Berkshire and insight into how a better understanding of children and young people's attitudes to physical activity and sport can help shape delivery in Berkshire, with particular focus on the 30 minutes outside of school.
In addition there will be plenty of chance to network and develop connections. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Numbers are limited and there are now just a few places remaining.
To book a place please use this link
Celebrate Age 2019
Tuesday 1st October, 10am - 3pm at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, Lower Earley
Come and celebrate Older Adults Day on 1st October. This is free event for all residents of Wokingham Borough aged 60+. If you are feeling lonely or isolated, come and join us for a day of fun, free activities which include:
•    Physical activity taster sessions, Tai-Chi, Ballroom, Pilates & more
•    Blood pressure checks
•    A market place full of useful information stands
•    Arts & Culture
•    Free swimming 1pm - 3pm
•    Raffle - all proceeds go to Addington School
Other sessions and a full programme will be available on the day. Free Tea and coffee provided, plus a light lunch is available to purchase for £1. To help us gauge numbers for this event, please register your interest via or tel: 0118 974 3728.
Wokingham Carers Support Groups 2019
General Carers Group - 9th October & 13th November 2019 | 
Group held every 2nd Wednesday of the month 10am-12pm at The Bradbury Centre

Stroke Group - 10th October, 14th November, 12th December 2019
& 9th January 2020 |
10am - 12pm at The Bradbury Centre
Alzheimer's Café Carers Group - 1st & 15th October, 12th & 26th November, & 10th December 2019 | Group meets every 2 weeks on Tues 1.30 -3pm at The Bradbury Centre. Support for your cared for is available at this group; call us to arrange your first visit: 0118 324 7333
Carers Forum7th January 2020 | 10am - 12pm at St. Pauls Parish Rooms.
Long Term Conditions Carers Group - 22nd October | Sue Ryder Day Hospice every 8 weeks Wednesday 6:00 - 7.30pm at Wokingham Hospital.
NEW! Parent Carer Group11th October & 15th November | Last Friday of every month 9.30 - 11.30 AT Our House, Toutley Road
Breakfast at Connecting Communities Berkshire AGM 2019
7th November 2019, 9am at Beech Hill Memorial Hall
Breakfast and networking from 9am, Annual General Meeting starts at 9.30am. Including a special guest speaker (tbc).
To attend please RSVP to
or call 0118 9612000.

Training Courses & Workshops

Role of a Treasurer Training
September 26, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
- Are you already the Treasurer of a charity or community
group and want to understand your Treasurer’s duties better?
- Maybe you’re interested in newly taking on the Treasurer role?
- Or your group doesn’t have a formal Treasurer and you end up looking after the finances anyway?
We are offering our Treasurer training on 26th September to answer all your questions and better equip you to guide your fellow Committee Members/Trustees in collectively managing the money.
Find out more and book your place:
Raising Funds From Individual Giving
10th October, 9:30am-12:30pm at involve
Strengthen your approach for individual giving and build an effective and sustainable giving culture for your organisation.
Who is this suitable for?
Those who want to develop an income stream from individual giving and anyone seeking to improve their marketing plans and skills and/or Anyone interested in thinking more about about digital and non-digital approaches to giving and what works and the effort needed to be successful.

What will the workshop cover?
This workshop will explore and develop understanding of:

•    What your objectives for an individual giving programme are; 
•    Who donates, why, when and by what preferred methods;
•    What might this mean for your organisation's individual giving programme; 
•    Planning an all-year giving programme
•    Digital and non-digital approaches - examples of what works?
•    Platforms, the pro's and cons and other things to think about;
•    Your Next steps...  
Find out more & book your place via our website:
Gang Awareness Training
2nd October, 9:30am-4:30pm at WBC Council Chambers
3rd October, 9:30am-4:30pm at WBC Council Chambers

Delegates will receive an update on general awareness and be advised on specialist knowledge relating to personal experience. This training has a focus on practical elements of supporting young people who are; vulnerable, at risk, caught up in gangs and criminal exploitation.  We endeavour to offer something that goes beyond the normal awareness, stretching the hearts and minds of those on the frontline.   The training will focus on the:
‣    Emotional and Psychological impact of gang involvement (Personal experience)
‣    A deep dive into the mind-set and daily life of a gang member (Personal experience)
‣    County lines – scouting process (Personal experience)
‣    Styles of approach                                                           ‣    Role play
‣    Case scenario exercise                                                   ‣    Risk management
‣    Specialist strategic work with youth in gangs             ‣    Difference between male & female working
‣    Professional anxiety                                                        ‣    Multi-agency approach
‣    Ways in which young people best respond                 ‣    Working with hard to reach young people
‣    Understanding how to best approach gang affiliated young people and much more.  
All bookings are via our online booking portal: 
If an individual has not used MyLearning before they will need to register themselves first. 
If you have any problems creating your account or logging in please contact for assistance.  
Gypsy Roma Traveller Cultural Awareness
18 October 2019 – 9.00am – 12.30pm Earley Crescent Resource Centre
To provide an awareness of current practice and legislation around Gypsy, Roma and Travelling communities and provide an introduction to Gypsy Traveller history and culture. 
This training will help you to:
‣    Understand Gypsy Traveller culture

‣    Engage with NGO’s, support and community groups
‣    Be more aware of the laws surrounding Gypsies and Travellers,
      including equalities and
human rights, as well as police and local authority powers
‣    Identify and understand the different Travelling groups

‣    Understand the benefit of a multi-agency approach to working with Gypsies and Travellers
‣    Create your own strategy for working more effectively with Gypsies and Travellers  
There is no charge for attending this event. However our late cancellation and
non-attendance charges apply
All bookings are via our online booking portal: 
If an individual has not used MyLearning before they will need to register themselves first. 
If you have any problems creating your account or logging in please contact for assistance.  
Mental Health in the Workplace Workshop
October 3rd, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
This three hour course is aimed at those with supervisory or management responsibilities.
The workshop will explore the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Employer, as well as good practice guidelines for reducing the risk of mental ill-health in the workplace, and supporting staff through difficult periods.                                
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Workshop
September 24, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
This 3 hour workshop will allow you to explore the prevalence of drug and alcohol problems in the UK and the impact they have on individuals, families and the wider community.
You will develop an understanding of the support available for people experiencing these difficulties.
Housing Rights & Homelessness
Friday 11 October 2019 – full day
This course provides a comprehensive overview of housing law, tenants’ rights, and homelessness. It covers the following:
Housing status                                                                            Homelessness
-   Establishing client’s status                                                   -   Issues surrounding eligibility
-   Rights and responsibilities                                                  -   Needs
-   Landlord’s rights and responsibilities                               -   Duties of local authorities
-   Grounds for possession                                                     -   Appeals and prevention of homelessness 
-   Excluded occupiers, squatters and travellers

Benefits for Older People
Tuesday 15 October 2019 – half day
This course covers the key benefits older people may be able to claim. It is suitable for delegates who have little or no understanding of benefits. It will cover the following:
-   Pension credit                                                                     -   Carer’s allowance
-   Housing benefit                                                                  -   Attendance allowance
-   Council tax reduction scheme                                         -   Winter fuel payment
-   State retirement pension (including the new rules)    -   Other sources of income 

Small Money Claims in the County Court
Tuesday 22 October 2019 – half day
This course provides an introduction to the claims process, the cost and possible outcomes of making a money claim to recover money from an individual. It is suitable for those who may need to advise and help people to make a money claim. It will cover the following:
-   Before making a claim – things to consider                   -   After the claim – defendants’ response
-   The process to make a claim                                            -   Court hearing
-   Court fees and getting help with the fees                      -   Claiming money from landlords

Phone:    0118 952 3027
Professional Boundaries Workshop
October 1st, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at involve
This half day workshop delivered by Jo Hawkins explores the concept of Professional Boundaries for those working in care and support environments. We will discuss legal and ethical issues, as well as the consequences of failing to maintain appropriate boundaries.
Presentation Skills Workshop
October 2nd, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at involve
Presentations skills and public speaking skills are very useful in many aspects of work and life. Effective presentations and public speaking skills are important in business, sales and selling, training, teaching, lecturing, and generally feeling comfortable speaking to a group of people.
Psychosis Training
October 8th, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
Did you know? One in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point each year in the UK. Want to know more about Psychosis?  What are the early warning signs of Psychosis, The Triggers, The Facts and The Myths?  The course will enable you to understand:
-    How to spot the signs and symptoms including possible causes            -    The Triggers of Psychosis
-    Give an understanding of the issues and impact Psychosis has on a person’s mental health
-    How to access treatment or give guidance to towards appropriate support          Facts and myths

Voluntary & Job Opportunities

Benefits Service Caseworker
Autism Berkshire has a job vacancy for a part-time Benefits Service Caseworker to assist our Benefits Service Manager Kevin Jackson & work with autistic people & their families to help them access welfare benefits.
The role will involve delivering one-to-one advice and benefits workshops, handling telephone enquiries, administration and the scheduling of appointments, workshops, benefit assessments and appeal hearings.The role is based at our office in Reading town centre but the successful applicant will be expected to help provide benefits advice at outreach sessions in Slough on occasion.
The job is suitable for volunteers who have experience of providing welfare advice and are looking for a paid role.  Specialist training to act as a benefits adviser will be provided, as necessary. Knowledge of the benefits system and of autism is essential. Previous experience in the charity sector would be helpful.
This post is offered on an 18 hours per week contract basis at a rate of £11.54 per hour, initially until March 31, 2020, with an expected extension, subject to funding.
Click here for a full job description & person spec.    Click here to download an application form.
Completed application forms should be emailed to or sent by post to 40 Caversham Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7EB.
We encourage informal visits to our office, prior to application, to discuss the role. If interested in taking up this offer, please email or call 01189 594 594.
Applications will close at noon on Friday, September 27, with interviews taking place on Monday, October 7.
Medium Risk Safety Planner
West Berkshire                                                                    Part-time – 18.5 hours per week
Salary – FTE £19,854 pro rata £9,795 per annum       Contract: Fixed Term until March 2021

Working for BWA means that each day you see the real difference you can make in the lives of people living with the devastating impact of domestic abuse.
We have an exciting opportunity to work for our organisation providing a high quality service as Medium Risk Safety Planner to support those who experience domestic abuse (DA). Your role will be to be based within the Domestic Violence Investigation Unit at Thames Valley Police (TVP) supporting their team to provide risk assessment, safety planning and signposting to support services for those identified as medium risk.  Part of your role is to work in partnership with TVP to ensure to that individuals receive a seamless services between TVP and local domestic abuse services, including BWA, ensuring people are able to access the support that they need.  Your role is also to empower our clients, keeping the safety of the client and their children central to our interventions. We are looking for an individual who is committed to working in a multi-agency setting, which is fast paced.  You will be joining our caring, strong and hardworking team.
This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.
Please download the application pack below for this role. Please send completed application forms to  For further information please contact Helen or call 0118 9500182. No CVs will be accepted and no agencies.
Suitable candidates will be invited to interview as their applications are received and the first suitable candidate will be recruited.                                                    Medium Risk Safety Planner Job description

Funding Alerts

British Science Week Community Grant Scheme
The British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is due to re-open for applications in late September 2019.   The scheme offers £500-£1,000 grants to community groups that run their own science activities during British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) aimed at audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. This can include people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME); or disadvantaged (see criteria on website; The deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 November 2019. 
Percy Bilton Charity: Grants for Equipment & Capital Expenditure
Grants, small (up to £500) and large
(£2000-£5000) are available to
registered charities supporting:
-    Disadvantaged/underprivileged
young people (under 25 years of age) 
-    People with disabilities (physical
or learning disabilities) or mental
health problems 
-    Older people (aged over 60) 
for details.     Apply anytime.
Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Local Community Projects
Early information: Tourle Foundation Fund will re-open for applications on the 16th October 2019 for grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK. To be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people and have an annual income of below £100,000. See
 for details.  
PHE Reproductive Health, Sexual Health & HIV Innovation Fund
Since 2015 the annual Innovation Fund has supported voluntary organisations to spearhead new approaches to HIV prevention in communities at increased risk of the infection. This year the fund will also support projects that offer new and innovative ways of improving Reproductive Health and Sexual Health (including STI prevention) as well as HIV. Proposals will be accepted from voluntary sector organisations to deliver projects of up to 12 months in duration of a cost of between £25,000 and £100,000.
All the guidance and application details can be found here:
A webinar to provide guidance on how to apply for the fund will be held the week commencing 2 September 2019. The webinar will explain the application process in more detail and it will be recorded and posted on the website. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 25 September.
If you have any questions for the team you can email and or use Innovation fund email:
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