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January 2019

Wokingham Chain Newsletter

Local Voluntary Sector News

Wokingham Cancer Support Network: Cancer Champions
The Cancer Support Network has been established by involve to support people both newly diagnosed and those on their cancer journey.  The project aims to recruit volunteers with their own personal experiences of cancer to become buddy's or befrienders so that they can offer peer-to-peer support. 
We are working alongside other support groups, health professionals and community groups to offer support to cancer patients and their families. Visit our website to find out more:
Wokingham Early Help and Prevention Questionnaire
Supporting children, young people and families to be healthy, happy and stable is a key component of the work of anyone that works with children and families.  Sometimes these children and young people, and their parents or carers can begin to experience difficulties in  their lives and need additional support. 
Wokingham Borough Council would like to seek views on how this support is delivered within the borough, and to what extent children and family’s needs are met early across the range of services and agencies working in Wokingham.  It is anticipated that your views will form part of a review of our early help arrangements in Wokingham, leading to a partnership strategy for the development and delivery of effective early help going forward.
Click here to complete the questionnaire; Please give as much context and/or information as possible to the questions in this survey, as the voice of the voluntary and community sector is essential in respect of understanding early identification and prevention within the borough.
Wokingham Health & Wellbeing Board - Staying Safe & Healthy 💪
On Monday 14th January 2019, we'll be having our tenth online event! We'll be sharing news & information throughout Wokingham Borough about ways to stay safe & healthy.
Please follow & use the hashtag #WokinghamHWBB on Facebook & Twitter on Monday & join us in sharing information about keeping yourself & those you love safe & healthy.
West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults
Partnership Board Annual Report 2017-18

The Safeguarding Adults Board has a statutory responsibility to produce an annual report into the effectiveness and quality of multi-agency safeguarding practice.
The Annual Report 2017-18 includes: list of Board member organisationsachievements by partner agencies. Safeguarding Adults Annual Reports produced by the following agencies: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation TrustReading Borough CouncilRoyal Berkshire NHS Foundation TrustWest Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council. Along with a copy of the 2018-21 Business Plan current as at the 18/12/18 and the completed 2017-18 Business Plan.
Suicide Prevention Materials
Do you know local sources of support if someone is in crisis or has attempted suicide? If it’s an emergency, call 999 straight away and ask for an ambulance. 
Ring the Mental Health Crisis Team if you need urgent help,
but it’s not an emergency: 0300 365 0300 or 0300 365 9999

If you need someone to talk to, you can also call:
Sane Line: 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm to 10.30pm, daily)
Samaritans: Phone No: 116 123 (freephone, 24 hours every day)
HOPELINEUK (PAPYRUS)- Prevention of young suicide: T 0800 068 4141 M: 07786209697
Click here to view West Berkshire Council's Suicide Prevention Leaflet...
NHS Long Term Plan
Now Published

Some of you may have already picked up that the NHS Long Term Plan has now been published. 
The Plan and Summary documents are available at
Thames Valley Police Cyber Protect Newsletter
Cyber Protect is a strand of the UK National Policing's 4P’s (Pursue, Protect, Prepare, Prevent). Cyber Protect is delivered on behalf of the National Police Chiefs' Council, in conjunction with the UK Cyber Security Strategy of 2016. TVP Cyber Protect assists the other strands, to safeguard the public, businesses from fraud and cyber crime, reduce demand and assist victims of crime. They release a bi-monthly newsletter; read their January 2019 edition by clicking here.

Appointment of Permanent Chief Executive 
Following a rigorous recruitment process, the council’s Personnel Board has appointed Susan as the permanent chief executive. She is expected to take up the role in the middle of March 2019. A strong field of executives from across the country applied for the role and Susan was selected from a final group of six excellent candidates. 
Susan has 20 years’ experience working in local authorities, with a strong background and passion for social care and economic growth. She has worked across a variety of sectors from housing to working with police to set up initiatives to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in deprived areas.
Speaking on her appointment, Susan Parsonage said: “I am really delighted to have been appointed to this role. Wokingham Borough Council has already achieved a great deal in terms of transformation and at the same time is very ambitious for the borough and its communities.  I look forward to working with the staff and councillors to deliver on those ambitions for the future.”

Upcoming Events

Wokingham Cancer Support Group
17th January 2019, 2pm at Wokingham Library
Monthly meet-ups are held to bring together people in the Wokingham community affected by cancer. This an opportunity to meet others that are affected by cancer and their families and carers. It's a community based initiative offering support locally through meet-ups, online and through volunteer support with 1-1 help. Visit our website to get in touch & find out more.:
Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 5 February 2019
This year’s campaign slogan, 'Together for a better internet', is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users. There are lots of ways to get involved on the website.
Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2019
Saturday 23rd March, 10am - 2pm at Bracknell & Wokingham College
We will be holding another vibrant and colourful event celebrating the diversity of Bracknell Forest, with music, art, food and fun for all the family, including a bouncy castle and face painting for the children. Free entry to all!
This special event will be a great chance to find out about the many, diverse communities all living together in Bracknell Forest. It's still being organised, but we're working hard to get lots of great organisations involved again like last year! To find out more, or to offer your support, please contact Diane Benford on 01344 383513 or
PACT Recovery Toolkit Group
23rd January, 9.15 to 11.15am at Langley Hall
PACT (Parents And Children Together) is running their next Recovery Toolkit group in the New Year for young people aged between 11-14, it will start on Friday the 1st March and runs for 8 weeks.
The aims of the Recovery Toolkit are to help young people come to terms with their experiences and to develop a positive lifestyle and coping strategies.
The Adult Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit aims enable the adult to better understand and deal with their previous experiences. Their strengths, resources and coping skills and resilience are reinforced contributing to their own health and wellness on a long-term basis. For more information about the programme see this leaflet
For more information you can go to the website where you will also find the referral form.

Training Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Psychosis 
Wednesday 6th February 2019, 9.30am – 3pm 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?
This course will enable you to understand What is Psychosis?

- 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.
- What are the facts and myths
- How to access treatment or give guidance to towards appropriate support.
For further information or how to book a place please contact Claire Page on 01344 383524  or visit our website.
Job Support Extra at Earley Crescent Resource Centre
Interview Questions and Answers
Wednesday 30th January 2019

Not sure what to answer? Not sure what to ask? Come along for some interesting questions & answers & to practice your interview skills (Mock interviews & 1-on-1)
Social Media - Benefits & Downfall
Wednesday 27th February 2019

Reasons to join in and reasons to remain anonymous, you decide! Job searching via social media and the do’s and don’ts of it. One to one assistance with setting up a social media page.
Job Specifications & Person Descriptions
Wednesday 27th March 2019

The importance of reading, absorbing and altering your CV to fit the profile set out in the specification/ description. How to read them, how to not be put off if you don’t possess all of the specified qualifications. How to download the information you need and one to one help with overcoming obstacles.
Free monthly mini workshops for Jobseekers, followed by one to one support
All are Free & there's no need to book. For more information get in touch:
Domestic Abuse
January 17th 2019, 9:30am - 12:30pm
at Wokingham Fire Station

This course is a must for anyone wanting to gain an increased knowledge of what domestic abuse is and to know what effects domestic abuse has on individuals in the community. Book your place online.
Supporting mental wellbeing – FREE resources
The Virtual College has developed a number of free online resources designed to help develop and support strong mental wellbeing. Please share with colleagues and the charities and community groups you work with. You can view the free resources here.
Risk Assessment Skills in Practice & Positive Risk Taking
22nd January 2019, 9.30am – 4.30pm in the Learning and Development Room, at Shute End
(LAST TWO SPACES – Booking closes 14th January 11.55pm)

PACT Charity Job Opportunities
Communities Project Lead - Full time
This would be an ideal opportunity for someone wishing to take ownership of, and lead, a prestigious project and drive it forward, with a small team, to ensure a clear focus on the outcomes for female offenders is retained.
Domestic Abuse Support Worker - Part Time
Working with partnering organisations, such as the police and Elizabeth Fry, by leading on domestic abuse group work (Bounce Back 4 Kids, Recovery Toolkit or a bespoke group) as well as one-to-one support, outreach and sharing information, meeting KPIs, reporting and developing the delivery.

Both roles are based in Reading. If you would like to apply please send your CV and a personal statement to detailing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the criteria outlined in the job description. The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 14th January 2019 and interviews will be held on Tuesday 22nd January 2019.
Visit their website for full details:
Age UK Reading - Day Services Assistant
 4-5 hours a week - £8.34 per hour.
We are looking for an organised and enthusiastic person to join our team. This is a fulfilling role that offers an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of older people by providing a comfortable and welcoming environment where our clients can take part in activities, meet others, and enjoy a nourishing meal.
The post holder will be a member of our team who run our Activity, Lunch and Social clubs across Reading and Woodley. The post holder will be responsible for:
  • Running our Birches Thursday Club in Woodley on a weekly basis
  • Being considered for providing cover at other clubs for staff leave
You will be fully supported during the running of the clubs and initial training will be provided.
For an application pack for either a staff position or to volunteer please email:  or call: 0118 950 2480. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th January 2019.

Funding Alerts

Health and wellbeing fund 2019/20 for children and young people’s mental health
Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply for funding to run projects focused on improving children and young people’s mental health until the 15th February. The programme from PHE, DHSC and NHS England will provide grants up to £510,000 over three years to organisations to expand and evaluate current projects improving the mental health of children and young people, particularly supporting going through life changing events. Get full details here
Tampon Tax Fund 2019/20
The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Minimum bids are for £1 million but it can be a consortium of charitable organisations that apply.
Four main grants available for:

1. Homelessness/rough sleeping
2. Violence against women and girls (VAWG)
3. Using music to improve the lives of vulnerable and underrepresented women
4. General Fund ( covering topics including alcohol and drug abuse; BAME service; engaging excluded and vulnerable women through sport; female offenders; gender equality; LGBTQI specific services; mental health; multiple complex needs; older women; period poverty; women with disabilities; women with learning disabilities)
Deadline for applications is 20th Jan. Click here to find out more.
Funding available for youth violence intervention
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley was recently successful in a bid for the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund (EIYF).  
Having identified key elements of delivery from our bid, we are now seeking providers for very specific interventions and this is advanced notice of our intention to request quotes for this work.
There is a criticality to the speed of this work and, therefore, the request for quotes will only be open until 29th January at noon.  Invitations to quote are requested only from organisations who completely fit the request criteria and who can deliver across the Thames Valley force area, within a budget envelope and within the given timescale. Please read the below and if you are interested in providing a quote please email for more information.
 The bid for Thames Valley included a number of tiers of intervention, some of which are being delivered by existing providers of, for example, youth services.  The interventions that are open for quotes include:
  • Awareness raising theatre production (or similar) on youth violence for every secondary school across the Thames Valley.
  • 24 full days of training for between 700 and 1,000 professionals / practitioners / teachers / youth workers on County Lines, gangs, exploitation, etc (24 days for approx. 40 attendees per day)
  • Knife crime awareness sessions for young people in key hot spot areas across the Thames Valley, reaching at least 1,200 participants.
  • Intensive work (group or 1:1) with young people already involved in crime / gangs / exploitation to reduce their chances of further criminalisation through a targeted programme of work in at least 6 hot spot areas across the Thames Valley (6 programmes)
For more information about the EIYF:
PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in providing a quote for any of these pieces of work please ensure you email and we will send you the final information on Tuesday 15th January.
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