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November 2019

Wokingham Chain Newsletter Issue 64

Hi everyone,
Welcome to this weeks news and updates. Today marks the end of national Bullying week. Bullying isn’t something that just affects young people, but people of any age with Hate Crime figures still an issue across the country, hate crime is a form of bullying! Every charity and organisation should have a policy in place addressing bullying and harassment and if you don’t please contact involve as we can share templates and examples to help your organisation.
Anti-bullying goes beyond a policy though and needs to feed into the culture of an organisation, core values and then spread outside into our communities too. Addressing inappropriate behaviour, language, attitudes and opinions is all of our responsibilities and will move us towards a better society that is welcoming, inclusive and positive. It was National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October and there is more info available here: and for further info on anti-bullying more info can be found here:
Spotlight on involve now, we have a busy week next week with training courses and events, some of which still have some availability. More info can be found here:
To highlight a few bits, there is PPeP care training; we have been working with the NHS to organise and deliver more PPeP care sessions and there are 2 next week on Friday. We also have our latest Funding course focusing on Fundraising Strategies: an introduction to the key elements to consider when developing a fundraising strategy for your organisation which is aimed at fundraisers, treasurers, other financial trustees and financial officers, as well as general managers/ CEO’s and finally other courses include First Aid, Professional boundaries and Risk Assessment.
Involve can offer a wide range of training courses for charities and groups so if there is something your organisation would benefit from then please do contact us directly.
That’s all for now, please read on as there is lots more in this
bulletin and have a good weekend everyone!

Philip Cook l  General Manager         Tel: 01344 304404

Local Voluntary Sector News

2020 Grant & Fundraiser Training: We Value Your Views
involve is planning a new 2020 programme of training to support local charities, community and voluntary groups. We would like to hear your views on this and on what grant writing and fundraising training you would like us to provide in the next 12 months. 
Please support us and fill in a 5-minute questionnaire by clicking this link.
The 2019 Vital Signs Report
An estimated 120,000 adults in Berkshire are family carers and the numbers are set to grow as more people live longer into older age. Vital Signs 2018 highlighted the stresses associated with combining care-giving and paid work, and that young carers should be enabled to reach their full potential and recognition that older carers are increasingly living with disabilities themselves. Vital Signs 2019 therefore explores issues for people of all ages giving and receiving care, and wider factors that underpin wellbeing for people in Berkshire. Take a look.
Adults at Risk Programme 
The Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone of their Adults at Risk Programme and, how people working with vulnerable adults and families can support people to make a referral for a Safe and Well Visit.   This is particularly important for people who may be house-bound and are smokers.    There is also an opportunity for people to book onto an information session hosted by RBFR about the Adults at Risk Programme.   
For more information please visit: 
Referral for a Safe and Well Visit  -
Adults at Risk Programme -
Don't Disappear - Video to Raise Awareness of Coercive Control
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) launched a video  ‘Don’t Disappear’ to raise awareness of relationship abuse.   This follows their ‘Know this isn’t Love’ campaign on coercive control from earlier in the year.  It was launched under the branding of Victims First.  Victims First supports victims and witnesses of crime across the Thames Valley and is managed by the OPCC.
While anyone of any age can be a victim of coercive control, the video is targeted at younger people who have less relationship experience and people who are at the beginning of a relationship.  The aim of the video is to raise awareness of  the red flags – the early signs of coercive control which at the time, may be missed or misinterpreted as acceptable behaviour in a relationship, and where necessary signpost people to support.
To view more information on the campaign, including the ‘Know this isn’t love’ materials please view the Victim’s First website here:
2019 Local Health Profiles Released
The 2019 Local Authority Health Profiles have been released. These profiles provide an overview of health for each local authority in England. They pull together existing information in one place and contain data on a range of indicators for local populations, highlighting issues that can affect health in each locality. The profiles are intended as ‘conversation starters’ to help local government and health services make plans to improve the health of their local population and reduce health inequalities.
You can
access your local health profile here.
Making your website accessible: top tips from Scope
Is your website accessible to people with disabilities? According to a study by WebAIM earlier this year, 98% of homepages from one million popular websites failed to meet legal accessibility standards.
So, how can you make sure that the 14 million people in the UK living with some form of disability can use your website? Members of Scope’s digital team spoke about this at the Festival of Marketing 2019,
sharing some practical tips on how you can transform your online accessibility. This includes the use of alt text on images and user testing throughout the design process. You can read the top tips in this article from Econsultancy.
Community mental health framework for adults & older adults
NHS England has published the Community Mental Health Framework. This describes how the Long Term Plan’s vision for a place-based community mental health model can be realised, and how community services should modernise to offer whole-person, whole-population health approaches, aligned with the new primary care networks. You can find the framework here.
NHS Check before you tick campaign returns to help
patients understand their eligibility for free prescriptions

‘Check before you tick’ is an ongoing campaign which launched last year and increased patient awareness and knowledge of the need to check eligibility before claiming free prescriptions. The campaign is running again from this week to provide information and tools for both patients and advisers to use all year round.
The campaign is based on insights from research among patients and focuses on those people making benefit-related claims who felt they needed more support to understand they are not automatically exempt. It encourages people to use an online eligibility checker tool from the NHS, which takes less than five minutes to complete.
The online eligibility checker, along with further information about eligibility, will be available to download here, including alternative formats such as large print, easy read and BSL. Further support is available via a helpline. The ‘Check before you tick’ information and supporting campaign materials can be downloaded from Public Health England’s Campaign Resources Centre.
Groundbreaking new platform launched to support mental health
Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, has launched Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
A new PHE survey reveals more than 8 in ten (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months. While these can be a natural response to life’s challenges, they can become more serious if people don’t take action, and many wait too long.
Over a quarter (27%) of people who experienced signs of poor mental health waited at least 6 months before taking action to manage their mental health, with three quarters (74%) of those who waited this long wishing they had done so sooner.
Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs. The launch follows 18 months of planning and local and regional piloting, developed with clinical and academic experts, national mental health charities and input from people with experience of poor mental health. Find out more.

Upcoming Events

Carers Rights Day
Thurs 21st November 2019, 10am -2:30pm at the Bradbury Centre
  Programme of the day
  10:00- 12noon = Information on carers rights
  12:00- 12:45 = Lunch
  13:00- 14:30 = David Lacey Respite presentation
  Stall holder s available throughout the day.
For more details , please contact the hub 0118 324 7333 /
Wokingham Winter Carnival
Sunday 24th November 2019
2019 is the 50th anniversary of the moon walk, so this year’s theme is ‘A Space Adventure’, and we hope you’ll join us on planet Wokingham on Sunday 24th November.
From their hidden base in the heart of the town hall, local volunteers, who have been working all year long to arrange this FREE event, will endeavour to make this a cosmic day out.
There’s dancing, street entertainers, music, a fun fair, Christmas tree lights and carols, as well as Santa in his grotto at the local library, so children can let him know what’s on their list.
And stalls galore selling food, drink, sweets (from Mars to Milky Way) as well as wondrous gifts for Christmas.
But most of all there will be much merriment and Christmas cheer in this, the small galaxy they call…Wokingham. Join our ‘space adventure’ children’s art competition and win prizes. Click here for more information.
Burglary & Fraud Community Conference
Wednesday 27th November 2019 12:00-3:30pm at the Earley Crescent Community Centre
Stands offering advice & free refreshments :
-   Wokingham Borough Council – Neighbourhood Engagement Team
-   Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue           -   Trading Standards               -   Meet your local Councillors
-   Thames Valley Police                               -   Community Forum/Neighbourhood Action Group
Guest speakers:
-   Cyber Protection Officer, Katie Watts - Cyber Crime, Courier Fraud, Telephone and Postal Scams
 -   Trading Standards, Kevin Thompson - Doorstop Crime, Rogue Traders
 -   Thames Valley Police, Detective Chief Inspector Christina Berenger - Burglary
Cake Sale & Open Office
Friday 29th November, 10am-12noon, RG40 2ER
You may know that we have moved office! We love it and we'd love to show you around and give you the opportunity to buy some cakes at the same time too! We're always looking for opportunities to meet up with you so please do join us if you can. All welcome, no need to RSVP.
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

Training Courses & Workshops

Fundraising Strategy Workshop
November 21st, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at involve
This is an introduction to the key elements to consider when developing a fundraising strategy for your organisation and is aimed at fundraisers, treasurers, other financial trustees and financial officers, as well as general managers. Participants will:
 •    Cover the key elements in developing a fundraising strategy
 •    Assess alternative fundraising sources and the
      appropriateness for their own organisation
 •    Use tools and templates to review in outline their
      organisation’s current funding position and will
      consider potential organisational risks.
      Book your place via our website:
Mental Health in the Workplace
November 27, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at involve
This 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.
Professional Boundaries
November 21st, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at involve
This half day workshop delivered by
Olga Zilberberg explores the concept
of Professional Boundaries for those
working in care and support environments.
Volunteer Management Training
November 19th, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm at the involve Court House
The not-for-profit sector already has a great track record in working with volunteers. In the current climate, when funding is tight, having a team of volunteers to call on is more important than ever. Our volunteer management training courses will help you to ensure that you recruit the right volunteers for your organisation and manage them so as to harness their skills and experience effectively.                                                                   
Trustee Roles & Responsibilities Training
November 20, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at involve
Do you understand your role and responsibilities and how to fulfil these as a trustee? Our course will look at providing you with the understanding of your role, how to best discharge your responsibilities appropriately and practical tips on how to be a trustee. We will cover your responsibilities including accountability and stewardship, how to deal with the strategic aspects of managing a charity and delegation – particularly with special roles, committees and staff.
    Risk Assessment Workshop
     November 21st, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
     This is a 3½ hour workshop lead by Pete McAlister, which is designed to
     give candidates an understanding of what a Risk Assessment is, what
     areas need to be assessed, looking at the people involved as well as the
     activities they undertake.
PTSD Training
November 28, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at involve
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type o nxiety disorde hich you may develop after being involved in, or witnessing, traumatic events. This training course allows participants to gain fundamental knowledge about PTSD.
Fire Safety Course
November 28, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at WFS
This is a 3 hour fire safety course led by
Pete McLister. Designed to give candidates
an understanding of what the role of Fire Warden consists of and what areas need
to be assessed.
Time Management Workshop
November 26th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at involve
With ever-increasing workloads and deadlines, the ability to manage our time has never been more important. Time management is a crucial factor in work and our time management course is created to ensure that delegates can make their time keeping as efficient and effective as possible.
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

Coach Core
Coach Core trains 16-24 year olds across the UK through its amazing apprenticeship scheme that connects apprentices with the biggest and best sports and youth-focused organisations in the country, providing unrivalled tuition and mentoring, paying them a wage, and setting them up for an exciting future, including gaining a job with an employer, going to university or working abroad. To apply, go to:
Rose Buddies Job Vacancy
Rose Buddies is a learning disability community service based in Wokingham. They are looking for Support Workers to join their team. Please see attached advert for more information. The closing
   date is Friday 22nd November. For more information, please contact
   Support Co-ordinator Petra Eckert by tel: 0118 9799 106 or
Christmas Light Switch on Event Helpers
Are you excited for Christmas?! Crowthorne Parish Council will be turning on their Christmas lights at an event on Sunday 24th November 2019. They are looking for volunteers who will be able to help them on the night to make sure the event runs smoothly.  Volunteers will be based on the Crowthorne High Street, outside the Library and Church from approximately 5pm-8pm.
Volunteers will be needed to:
-    Act as marshals and stewards for people attending the event
-    Help keep attendees safe as the road will still be open
-    Support in handing out the sweets from Father Christmas
-    Hand out mince pies, Christmas drinks and any other sponsored refreshments
-    Potentially hold charity collection buckets to help raise funds for local charities
Around 10 volunteers will be required, so if you’ve got this evening free, please consider helping us out. All you need is to wrap up warm and help us spread Christmas Cheer!
Please contact Carley Greenwood, Project and Events Officer, if you are able to
help out at all:  01344 771251 or
Volunteer Officer
Part-time, 15hrs per week, £10,062 Gross per annum
The Volunteer officer role has been developed to provide support and management to the charity’s volunteers, with our Head of Volunteering. The role holder will focus on the safe recruitment, management, development and recognition of our volunteers.
We are looking for someone with a passion for supporting our members to live enriched lives, and therefore you should be someone who is able to work innovatively and be an advocate for our services. The role has an element of reporting, budget management and administration, the ability to use Microsoft packages is essential. The closing date for applications is Sunday 1st December 2019. Interviews will be held on Thursday 12th December 2019.
The job particulars and application form shall go live on
Monday 18/11:
To apply for this vacancy please send your CV and a completed job application form to:

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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