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November 2019

Wokingham Chain Newsletter Issue 65

Hi everyone,
Welcome to this weeks e-bulletin! First off, some of you will be aware that Wokingham Borough Council has been undertaking a Voluntary Sector Strategy that involve has been assisting with. We are hosting a free winter networking event for local charities and groups (other partners also welcome) on Tuesday 17th December from 9.30am-12.15pm at the Wokingham Town Hall.  As ever, the event will begin with an hour of informal networking over coffee/ refreshments before Wokingham Borough Council then present a summary of findings following their commissioning consultation with our sector.  This will include the key issues and themes raised by stakeholders as well as proposed next steps.  Partners will then be given time to reflect and comment on this, with any views they have taken into account.  Sign up now to join us on the day:
A couple of other quick heads up: The National Lottery has turned 25 and is celebrating this milestone by bringing people together and offering grants of between £100 and £1000 to people and communities with a great idea. If you have an idea for an event or community activity or even if you want to buy something, that will bring your community together – this could be for you. Any group of two or more people with a great idea can apply. The National Lottery is particularly keen to hear from people it hasn’t worked with before and to give everyone a fair chance it will use a lottery process, randomly selecting the applicants to be assessed. The deadline for applications is 2pm on Friday 6 December 2019. Join the celebration and apply today.
AND: As the count down does begin, you may want to take note of Ecclesiastical’s 12 days of giving campaign, its designed to provide vital funding to charities by donating £1,000 to 120 charities over 12 days in the run up to Christmas. To be a part of this, you can nominate any UK, Irish, Channel Islands and Isle of Man registered charity you choose. Nominations will remain open until midnight the day before each draw. Draws will take place each weekday from 5 – 20 December 2019. The more nominations a charity receives the greater the chance of them winning, so please do spread the word and encourage your friends, family, colleagues and anyone else you can think of to nominate either your own charity or if you would like to nominate involve – we are a charity too and always need funds and support! Click here to get nominating:
Involve is planning a new 2020 programme of training to support local charities, community and voluntary groups. 
We would like to hear from YOU on what  grant writing and fundraising training you would like us to provide in the next 12 months, click here to take the short survey:

Click Here To Complete the Questionnaire

Thank you everyone, please read on!
Philip Cook
General Manager
T: 01344 304404

Local Voluntary Sector News

Do you provide emotional well-being or mental health support
to children or young people within Wokingham Borough? 

If so, we want to hear from you!

In consultation with statutory partners, Involve Community Services is currently working to build an understanding of the landscape of support that is available to children and young people across Wokingham Borough who may present with an emotional and/or mental health need.  If your service offers such support, be sure to tell us about it.  To ensure that your service is accurately represented we will need to know:
-    Nature of support offered                           
-    Age demographic
-    Whether your service is free to the user (if fee is applicable any detail would be helpful)
-    Reach of the support you offer (within a specific community e.g. Woodley or Boroughwide)
Please ensure that you feedback your responses before 23rd December
to ensure your service is featured to:
Winter Pressures Pilot
Involve has secured some short term
funding to trial an expansion of the Community Navigation scheme. Community Navigation is all about signposting. We can provide information to people (professionals and the public) about services, charities, groups etc. that may have information,
advice, activities that can help them.
The Winter Pressures pilot is a short term project that will attempt to take Community Navigation a step further. Taking a more proactive approach, this pilot aims to keep Wokingham Borough residents safe and well over winter in their own homes. We can undertake Community Navigation and go further with a range of areas, such as heating, food, health issues and social isolation and link the client up to relevant help and support, encouraging them to be as independent as possible.
Winter can be a challenging time and we hope that by providing regular phone and face to face support, we can help reduce the stress on other statutory services.
If you know someone or are working with someone who would benefit from an additional helping hand over the winter period or to find out more about the Winter Pressures Pilot please contact:
Hannah Ellis: 01344 304404 or  (08:30—16:30 - Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri)
CCB Tackling Rural Loneliness & Isolation
CCB are continuing our fundraising work for a project to address rural social isolation and loneliness. Following the award of small grants by Wokingham United Charities and the National Lottery Community Fund, we have begun the process of engaging with 4 communities in different parts of Berkshire.
These communities either contacted us to express an interest in getting involved with the project or were identified during our research into rural areas where older people may be at a high risk of social isolation. The eventual aim of the project is to support the creation of new activities targeting under-represented groups and to bring existing activities to the attention of a broader range of people. Eventually, we would like to offer our support to every community in Berkshire.
Please get in touch if you are interested in the project or are able to support our fundraising activities:
Get Berkshire Active Insights
Infographics have been created by Get Berkshire Active containing local insight Wokingham.
The document has been created to provide a snapshot of GBA’s insight related to physical activity participation and Sport England’s 5 outcomes. It highlights some of the key issues from GBA’s perspective alongside relevant statistics, with comparisons to the England benchmark to help us assess where and how best to allocate our resources in Berkshire.  Find out more about GBA’s work via
Alternative to Crisis Survey
The Task and Finish Group want your opinion about developing
a Crisis Café in Berkshire West. Please share the link with
service users, carers and professionals. Survey is open until
1st December 2019.  It’s a single use link.
Giving tomorrow: legacy and in-memory fundraising
of the future and the implications for fundraisers

New research recently released by Legacy Foresight states Legacy Giving is set to grow to £10 billion in the next 25 years, with technology helping to level the playing field so small charities can reach supporters looking to leave a legacy gift.
With Matthew Lagden, CEO of the Institute of Legacy Management stating that small charities are the future for legacy donations and where the trend is going; no small charity can afford to not get involved.
Start putting your legacy fundraising plans into place or risk losing out on a great opportunity to raise vital funds. Read more:
Charity annual returns: print before you submit!
The Charity Commission is no longer providing copies of annual returns once they have been submitted online.
Charities are being advised to print your return in draft form before submitting it, as you will not receive a PDF of the final version as you may have done in previous years. Once submitted, there is no way to retrieve the information so it is important that you remember to print your return in draft format before you have pressed ‘submit’.
This useful information was circulated by Sandy Adirondack in her free legal update email service for voluntary organisations, which you can sign up for by emailing with your contact details. You can find out more about this useful service here.
How does you community compare to others in the country?
New research and analysis from The Young Foundation shows an interesting picture of community strengths, and highlights patterns of places that continue to be under-funded by the philanthropic, charitable and public sectors.
The report, entitled ‘Flipping the Coin: The two sides of community wealth in England’, finds that many areas of the country, despite very low levels of funding, show signs of enormous community strength and whilst investment from public, charitable and philanthropic sources is high in many places, this doesn’t automatically translate into stronger communities.
 As well as reading the report, you can search your local area and
 its strength relative to others at
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, a day when everyone, everywhere can do something to support good causes. Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is celebrated this year on 3 December 2019.

It is a great opportunity to celebrate the work that your charity does on social media using the #GivingTuesday hashtag. It’s a chance to amplify your voice, get your cause in front of a new audience and be connected with a global generosity movement that saw 1.5 million people say they would be more likely to do something for charity as a result of Giving Tuesday. Find out more about how your charity can get involved here.
Why charity-charity partnerships have a big impact  
Charity partnerships are helping organisations work together to leverage their
 brands, reach, and impact to make an even greater difference. In this article from Charity Digital News, some of the best charity-charity partnerships and what they have achieved are showcased, including the teams behind the Charity Digital Skills Report, Catalyst and the Climate Change Coalition. Read more.

Understanding the Value of Charity
A new paper has been released by Frontier Economics and the Charity Commission considering the value of the charitable sector. The paper outlines how the public can best understand the various and diverse impacts of the UK's charities - on recipients of charitable services, on volunteers, donors, charity staff and on society as a whole, also reflecting on what the sector can do to improve this understanding.
Governance: Changing your Charity's Structure
GOV.UK have recently updated the guidance available on how to convert your organisation to a different type of charitable body - if you are considering the most appropriate structure for you, do check out the information and conversion checklist available here. Involve Community Services can you support you through this process, but other sources of support are available via: The FSI through their Advice Hub - you can submit your questions if you need further support. If you're looking to go from unregistered to a registered charity, the Small Charities Coalition advice line is the best source for help on this, available on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm.

How to Create Engaging Volunteering Opportunities - Webinar

Thursday 5th December 2019 | 14:00 | Online Webinar
Are your volunteering offers specific and engaging?

We are back with Ethical Angel to help you learn how to create engaging opportunities from projects that employee volunteers love to complete. This session covers the whole journey of a charity from first contact with posting opportunities through Ethical Angel, working with the volunteers to logging completed reports. 
Suitable for all 
Click here to book onto our Creating Engaging Volunteering Opportunities Webinar
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Upcoming Events

Voluntary Sector Networking Event
December 17th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Wokingham Town Hall
We are hosting a winter networking event for the voluntary and community sector (other partners also welcome) on Tuesday 17th December 2019 from 9.30am-12.15pm at the Wokingham Town Hall.
As ever, the event will begin with an hour of informal networking over coffee.  Wokingham Borough Council will then present a summary of findings following their commissioning consultation with the Voluntary Sector.  This will include the key issues and themes raised by stakeholders, as well as the proposed next steps in the process.
Find out more and reserve your place:
Smart Christmas Carols
20th December 2019, 11am at 38 Station Rd, Wokingham
Each year on December 20th it's Go Caroling Day. Join Smart
this year with their Christmas Carol concert. To find out more
and/or get involved, please call 01189 772 022.
The Link Visiting Scheme Christmas Day Celebration
On Christmas Day, we're hosting a celebration full of joy and companionship for anyone in the Borough who would otherwise be alone.
The Link Visiting Scheme along with 'Our Community First' aims to make Christmas day a happy, memorable day for those otherwise on their own. We'll have lots of delicious Christmas food, entertainment, and plenty of good company. Transport can be provided if needed.  Get in touch if you're interested in attending:     0118 979 8019 or
Making Your Community Warmer This Winter
The Great Get Together is back this winter and they’d love for you to be part of it and to share some #mincepiemoments in your community! Jo Cox was passionate about building kinder communities and ensuring everyone feels a sense of belonging wherever they live. However, over 9 million of us in the UK currently feel lonely, and it’s in all of our power to change this. As the days get colder, it’s time to make your community a bit warmer.
Read more:
White Ribbon Day 2019
November 25th was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day.  For 16 days, starting on 25 November each year thousands of people across the UK wear a ribbon and take a stand against violence against women.  Wearing a white ribbon
     means that you pledge never to commit, excuse or remain
     silent about male violence against women.
This year’s White Ribbon Day is focusing on creating a future without male violence against women. Therefore the national campaign is focusing on ensuring the younger generation are prepared with a good understanding of the issues and what needs to be done to change things.

Training Courses & Workshops

Makaton Training
December 4th & 5th, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at involve
This two day session will be delivered by Marion Drew, an accredited Makaton trainer and will cover information on Makaton – how it can help people with communication difficulties and a wide range of vocabulary as well as Signs & Symbols – with plenty of practical exercises. You must attend both sessions – Booking your place via our website will reserve you a space for both 4th & 5th December:
Suicide Awareness Training
December 10th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
This 3 hour workshop will explore the prevalence of suicide in the UK, looking at who is most at risk and the support available. We will discuss ways in which we can support an individual experiencing suicidal thoughts and ideas and identify how and when we should seek help for people in crisis. Book online:
Manual Handling Training
December 3rd, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at WFS
Back problems account fo ne-third of all workers’ absence in the UK. Training your staff to handle objects and people safely can reduce the risk of injury for your employees, and keep your company’s costs dow n the long run.
Lone Working Training
9th January 2020, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at WFS
Work-related aggression and violence is on the increase and employers have a duty of care to create and maintain safe working environments for their employees. Lone Worker Training can form part of that duty.
Performance Management
December 11th, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at involve
By the end of the course, delegates will –
1.    be aware of the skills involved in various types of interviews,
2.    be able to select appropriate approaches in work relationships,
3.    understand how to address performance and grievance issues,
4.    have a clear appreciation of the benefits of performance management,
5.    have an opportunity to discuss specific issues in work relationships
Managing People Training
     December 12th, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at involve
     This course is for those people already in management or
      intending to go into management in the future. We will:
     – Help you to understand Management concepts
– Help you to understand the characteristics and functions of Management
– Help you to understand the factors that influence individual motivation
– Enable you to discuss the key issues with team building
Learning: Legacy Fundraising
To make the most of the trend towards increasing legacy gifts for small charities you need to start putting your plans into place or you risk losing out on a great opportunity to secure vital funds.If you’re not sure where to get started, the FSI’s e-learning course on Legacy Fundraising is a great place to start. The course is the equivalent of the FSI’s high quality full day training course, but this time delivered online at your own convenience. Click here to find out more & book your place. 
Understanding Parental Conflict and Its Impact on Child Outcomes
27th Jan 2020, 09:30 – 12:30 in the Learning and Development Room, Civic Offices, Shute End
6th Feb 2020, 12:30 – 15:30 in the Learning and Development Room, Civic Offices, Shute End
This module is designed as part of an awareness programme exploring the evidence base for parental conflict and its impact on children. Open to a wide range of participants including front-line practitioners, senior leaders, and service designers or commissioners working in a variety of roles across the reach of the Local Authorities and associated organisations, for whom increased awareness will lead to greater identification of opportunities for early intervention.
Book via :

Volunteering & Job Opportunities

Fundraising Manager
If you are a fundraising professional with experience of creating marketing materials and running campaigns, this is an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of an incredible charity with a fantastic cause. 
Working at Dingley’s Promise may be the most fulfilling job you’ll ever have. Each day, you’ll enable us to support even more children, connect families facing the same challenges and share best practice on how to best care for children with SEND. 
As the Fundraising Manager, you will oversee our fundraising, communications and monitoring activities, ensuring we have sufficient income and can continue to grow. You will also deputise for the CEO in their absence. 
Find out more and apply:
Social Media Expert & Fundraiser Volunteers
Tushinde is a registered charity working in Nairobi’s Mathare and Kiambiu informal settlements with over 350 vulnerable children.  We have a very small staff base in Crowthorne, Berkshire who are looking for some voluntary assistance to help with a number of projects.  Voluntary work can be done from home so please don’t let the location put you off.
We would love to find someone who has a good knowledge in social media to take responsibility, along with our Director, for engaging our audience by keeping them up to date with the charity’s activities but to also try and increase our donations.  We would particularly like to run a Christmas appeal.  We are also looking for anyone with experience in fund raising and/or grant applications.
Winter Hospital Visitor Volunteers
Age UK Berkshire is recruiting short term volunteers to offer support to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading over their busy winter period (January to April 2020).  Volunteers will visit older people on the wards at the hospital and chat and socialise with them, each volunteer attending for a couple of hours once or twice a week. We need enough volunteers to cover support seven days a week between 2 and 5pm.
Find out more:
Home Visitor Volunteers
By popping by once a week or fortnight to see a veteran in their area, home visitors are a friendly face that can make all the difference to our veterans who can often spend most of their days alone.
A visit could be a simple chat and a cup of tea, helping out with odd jobs around the home that can otherwise be a struggle for our veterans to complete or getting out and about in the local area.
Visits are mutually arranged between our veterans and volunteers, so they can fit around work, personal life and suited to the time you are able to give. Whether its a couple of hours visiting a month, or more. Every visit is treasured by our veterans, and by us as an organisation.

Funding Alerts

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Hospice Grants – Widening Access
Grants of up to £35,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months. The grants will seek to address inequality and widen access to hospice care for people experiencing homelessness (or who are vulnerably housed) and people with learning disabilities. 
  Deadline: 27 January 2020.  See link for guidance and how to apply:
NESTA - CareerTech Challenge Fund: call for solutions
Companies and charities can apply for grants of £100,000 to £250,000 for innovative tech solutions that can build career adaptability skills and / or motivation to learn for people who are most vulnerable to workforce changes. Partnerships are welcomed for this Fund, given the requirement for digital solutions to be embedded within existing online courses that build core skills. Fund Application deadline 9th Dec 2019.
The Nineveh Charitable Trust: Countryside & Environment
Schools and not for profit organisations can apply for funding for projects and activities that promote a better understanding of the environment and countryside, whilst facilitating improved access, education and research. Grants are normally less than £5000 per year for 1 to 3 years.  To apply see to apply.
Crowthorne Parish Council Grants
Grants of £100-£2000 are made to assist organisations delivering valued services to the Crowthorne community. Download 2020 grant application forms via 13th December 2019.  
£250,000 Fund to Help Disabled People Become More Active 
Voluntary or community organisations, clubs and charities providing activities for disabled people; and that are registered with the Parasport Online Hub can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to improve the quality and quantity of equipment available to disabled people.  To register with the hub visit Apply for funding by 20 December 2019.
The Wakeham Trust
Support for small volunteer organisations that meet the needs or benefit the community.  The trust helps projects that are too new to get support through established funding channels, or which are threatened by national or local policy changes. It generally provides an initial £125 to £2,500 where it can make a real difference. Organisations be registered charities or work with or be supported by a charity who would initially provide a holding account.
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