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October 2019

Wokingham Chain Newsletter Issue 62

Hi everyone,
Welcome to this weeks bulletin. I hope everyone is well and has had a good week?
There are a couple of things I want to promote to you all, firstly, we have our AGM booked in. This year, we’ll be holding the event at The Foxes’ Den Café, Binfield Parish Offices, Benetfeld Road, Binfield, RG42 4EW. The date is 14th November, arrival from 6.30pm with a start time of 7pm. This is a chance to come and hear what involve has been doing for the last 12 months and then we hold a quiz after that all attendees are welcome to stay for. There will be coffee and cake and prizes!! Please do come and join us, you can book your place here now:
Secondly, there is an event taking place on the 13th November, again in the evening I’m afraid, entitled ‘Design our Neighbourhoods’. There are a lot of changes taking place and this will be a chance to meet up with members of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Directors from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, Clinical Directors from the Primary Care Networks and it’s really important that leaders from the voluntary sector and other major players within our communities are there too.
This event will be from 6-9pm, at Sindelsham Court, Mole Road, Wokingham, RG41 5EA. If you can make it then please RSVP – by 9 November 2019. Involve will be there so if you can’t attend then please do let me know anything you feel is critical that is known or should be shared.
Lastly, there is a consultation going on regarding the future arrangements for NHS commissioning in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West – of which Wokingham is a part. There are a few elements of the proposed changes, one of which is that the CCG’s across the 3 counties merge into 1. There is a full presentation on the website below and if you want to feedback, follow the links below: and a link to the engagement here:
Thanks everyone, keep reading!

Philip Cook l  General Manager         Tel: 01344 304404

Local Voluntary Sector News

Do you lack the time and resources to write the
grants you need to support your charity?

If you recognise this problem, have you considered Involve’s grant and application writing service?  Do call us to discuss your organisation’s needs.  With these in mind we can:
•    Provide a comprehensive service identifying and following-up opportunities
     through to grant-application writing, or
•    Consider alternative “share-a-writer” options.
Call Jackie Leslie on 01344 383523 to discuss your needs and the options we can offer and costs.  These are paid services.
We do offer a free services and at no cost to you will:
Search for grant opportunities, review your grant application,
or arrange 1:1 sessions on funding or grant writing issues.  
SAB Survey
The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (SAB) covers the three local authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. It is a statutory mechanism for ensuring that there is a robust multi-agency safeguarding framework in place and for monitoring the effect this has on protecting adults.
A priority for the SAB  for 2019/20 is: The SAB will understand from key stakeholders, why there has been an increase in organisational safeguarding and seek assurance from commissioners, that there are adequate preventative measures in place, consistent across the partnership where practical.
We would like to hear from Providers of Adult Social Care Services that operate across the West of Berkshire. As a first step to develop our links with your sector we are asking that you complete a short online survey. You do not have to be delivering services on behalf of a Local Authority.
The survey is open now and closes on the 4th November 2019, the results of this survey will be presented the SAB in January 2020, where next steps will be agreed. Please click on the following link to access the survey:
Preparing for Brexit
The UK government has launched a ‘Get ready for Brexit’ public information campaign to help ensure the general public and businesses are ready when the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019.  Anyone with concerns over how Brexit may affect them personally or professionally (including the EU Settlement Scheme – see more details below) can visit Wokingham Borough Council’s Preparing for Brexit webpages at:
The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. It has also reached an agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and a separate agreement with Switzerland.
These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.  Visit for more details.
Charity Fraud Awareness Week
Lastly, a reminder that the Charity Commission have launched the fourth annual Fraud Awareness Week with the support of the Fraud Advisory Council. The week will run between
21st and 29th October, and its aims are to:
-   raise awareness of the key risks affecting the sector

-   promote and share good counter-fraud practices
-   promote honesty and openness about fraud
Visit the GOV.UK site to find out more about the launch event in October, and pre-register to access training through the brand new Charity Fraud Awareness Hub.  Registration gives access to free resources and means you can take part in the live sessions on Monday 21 October 2019 part of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week.
Support CCB to establish a local community organising group
CCB have facilitated a number of Introduction to Community Organising training courses over the last year or so, held in Beech Hill (last year), Calcot (February), Arborfield (May) and Woolhampton (June). If you attended one of these course or were not able to but have an interest in the subject please read on!
We would like to establish a Local Community Organising (LCO) group in Berkshire. Local Organising Groups comprise of a minimum 21 members (of Community Organisers), who have come together to facilitate the use of community organising principles and practice, to tackle issues that matter most to them. The groups work together, listening to their community, building their collective power and developing community led solutions.
LCO Groups underpin the community organising practice already happening within communities across England. The groups ensure that priorities for community and social action directly emerge from our neighbourhoods. This guarantees that Community Organisers continues to remain authentic – acting locally and nationally on issues that people care about.
The first step in demonstrating the need for a LCO Group is people signing up as members of Community Organisers. Membership is free and the application form can be completed online. The link to the website is below and we'd like to encourage sign ups:
Association of Chairs Beacon Programme
Calling Chairs / Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an income under £1m) in England. Join the Association of Chairs Beacon Programme. The programme offers:
•    low-cost workshops in nine locations in England
•    the unique opportunity to meet and learn from other Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities
•    free online resources and webinars.
A workshop travel bursary is available for organisations under £100k if booked a month ahead.
Learn more about:
•    being an effective Chair
•    strengthening your organisation
•    managing relationships and board dynamics
•    developing an effective board team.
Join the programme for free at
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
Public Health England Launches New Strategy
Public Health England (PHE) has this month launched a new strategy, setting out how the organisation will work to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities over the next five years.
PHE Strategy 2020 to 2025 outlines PHE’s role within the public health system, 10 priorities where PHE will focus particular effort and the areas where PHE will build capability within the organisation to support delivery of its strategic objectives and wider activities. PHE has published both a brief executive summary of the document and the full version of the strategy which provides more detail on PHE’s aims and activities over the next 5 years.
Ethical Property Foundation
Problems with premises is one of the main reasons that charities lose money or close down. EPF’s mission is to support voluntary organisations to manage their property in the most effective way. EDF provide on-line advice, 1:1 advice, workshops and more see for details and contact them.   
More than 1,000 children protected in
first year of centre tackling County Lines

The national centre to coordinate law enforcement activity to tackle County Lines has, in its first year of operation, protected more than 1,000 children from being exploited by drug gangs.  A year ago the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC) – jointly led by the National Crime Agency and the National Police Chiefs’ Council –  was created to map out the threat from County Lines and prioritise action against the most significant perpetrators.
In its first 12 months, the NCLCC has developed the national intelligence picture, targeted County Lines networks, and engaged with partners from the health, welfare and education spheres to tackle the wider issues.  During three intensification weeks alone, which were coordinated by the centre, police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units identified and safeguarded over 2,400 vulnerable people – including  more than 1,000 children – arrested over 1,800 offenders as well as disrupting hundreds of ‘deal lines’.   Read more:
#SafeguardingAsOne – free resources for all charities
This week NCVO has launched a new hub of safeguarding resources, produced with partners including NAVCA, the FSI, NSPCC, Children England and a number of other organisations. This work forms part of the government’s Civil Society Strategy and has been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The resources are designed to help all organisations start their safeguarding journey, so they are a safe place for their staff, beneficiaries and volunteers.

Upcoming Events

involve AGM 2019
November 14th, 6:30pm - 8pm at the Foxes Den Café
Our AGM has now been booked for the 14th November 2019 and will take place at the The Foxes Den Café. The evening will start at 6.30pm and conclude at approximately 8pm. There will be an update on involve, our achievements over the last year and a view forward. The evening will also include coffee, cake and, similar to last year, we will finish with a sparkling quiz night.
To book your place, please fill out our online form:
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 Children's Book Festival
19th & 20th October, 10am at Wokingham Town Hall & Wokingham Library
Make sure you bring the kids along to this wonderful fun filled weekend of readings and workshops from well known local authors and illustrators. The kids will love it as will the adults. There will be approximately 25 different events across the weekend. £3 per event.For details:
  Quiz Night
   Thursday 7th November, 6.45pm at Wokingham Town Hall , £10
   Fish and chip supper (*vegetarian option available - let us know) and a raffle.
   Bring your own bottle(s) and drinking vessels!  To reserve a place, please RSVP to as soon as possible to guarantee your places!
Wokingham Soup
23rd October 2019, 6.00pm at Westmead, Rances Lane, Wokingham
Enjoy a sociable evening with homemade soup and good company and support local causes in your community for just £5.

1.  Donate £5 (suggested donation)
2. Enjoy a bowl of home made soup. Grab your voting token
3. Listen to three Wokingham community causes explain what their projects offer

 4. Vote for your favourite project
5. Optalis will match donations to £250
The winning project gets all the money raised.
Quiz Night with Fish & Chips Supper
Saturday 9th November, 7:30-11pm at Twyford Youth & Community Centre
Includes a raffle, auction, pay bar & fish & chips supper. Buy tickets in advance -
Earlybird (by 31st
   Oct) : £11, Normal Admission (until 6th Nov) : £12. 
   Contact Shirley Pearce via 0774 350 1149 or to book.
CCB’s Environmental Impact Conference
7th November, 10.15am - 2pm at Beech Hill Memorial Park
Are you involved with running a community building? Perhaps you’re on the committee of your Village Hall? Or do you run a community shop or pub? Do you help run and maintain your church or place of worship? If yes then this is the conference for YOU!Come along to Connecting Communities in Berkshire’s (CCB’s) Environmental Impact Conference on Thursday 7th November at 10.15am at Beech Hill Memorial Hall.
This event will be a perfect place and space for you to consider how your Community Building or Village Hall impacts on the local environment and what you and your community can do to improve things. From simple local solutions to more forward thinking planning, there is something that everyone can do to help reduce the negative impacts that our facilities have on the environment and plenty of steps we can take to enhance it too.
Join us for a morning of information, discussion and networking. Refreshments will be provided. FREE to CCB Members and CBAS Members and £10 to non-members. This training is supported by West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning and Englefield Charitable Trust. PLACES MUST BE BOOKED: Please click on this link to book a place:
Stress & Emotional Regulation: A Low Arousal Approach Mini-Conference
13th & 14th November, 4:30-6:30pm at Wokingham Waterside Centre
A workshop for children and young people (with an accompanying parent/carer) on managing stress and learning how to manage emotions. Age 5 years old and above.
The sessions will be run by Gareth D Morewood who has 25 years experience of working in schools, and with families and young people. Currently, he is the Educational Advisor for Studio III ( Since joining Studio III in January 2019, Gareth has been developing the use of The Low Arousal Approach in educational settings. During the following training, Gareth will be providing a range of bespoke sessions looking at stress,
arousal and emotional regulation. 
Please click here for further details and to book.
Emergency Services Day
Thursday 31st October 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm at Arborfield Green Community Centre
Teas and coffees • Police dog training demos • Siren Craft Brewery • MOD Police •
Thames Valley Police • Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue • Construction Vehicles • 
Burgers & chips • Crepe van • Animal Farm • and more!
Design our Neighbourhoods
13th November, 6-9pm at Sindlesham Court
This will be a chance to meet up with members of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Directors from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, Clinical Directors from the Primary Care Networks, leaders of the voluntary sector and other major players within our communities.
What makes a neighbourhood? What would people like to see in their neighbourhood and what we can all do, together, to help make it happen? We would very much welcome your thoughts and suggestions which is why we’d like you to join us for an event on Monday 13th November at 6pm.
Given all these changes and developments, we feel now would be a good time to bring some of our key partners together to discuss and debate, listen and learn, suggest and share and continue our conversations about the way ahead. We see this as the next phase in our ambitions to develop and fine tune our partnership working in Wokingham’s neighbourhoods.
RSVP – by 9 November 2019

Training Courses & Workshops

Free PPePCare Training
5th & 12th November 2019 in Bracknell and 15th & 22nd November in Wokingham
PEPCare has been designed to help  staff in primary care, education and other professionals to recognise and understand mental health difficulties in children and young people and offer appropriate support and guidance to children, young people and their families.
Training takes place over two days split into two sessions, and we will be running two lots of training, one in Bracknell and another in Wokingham.
Locations, dates and times for the training are:
Wokingham Borough, Town Hall (Jubilee Room)
Tuesday 5th November:      Part 1 – 10am-1pm        Part 2 – 1.30-4.30pm
Tuesday 12th November:    Part 3 – 10am-1pm        Part 4 – 1.30pm-4.30pm
Bracknell Forest, The Court House, involve Offices
Friday 15th November:       Part 1 – 10am-1pm        Part 2 – 1.30-4.30pm
Friday 22nd November:       Part 3 – 10am-1pm        Part 4 – 1.30pm-4.30pm
Find out more & book your places via
                                                 Paediatric First Aid Course
   October 22nd, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at involve
   This paediatric first aid course focuses on emergency
   scenarios that face those working with or around young
   children and infants, including day nurseries, private
   nursery schools, pre-schools, before and after school clubs
   for children in the early years age group, childminders and
                                                                         carers of children at home.
Health and Safety Level 2
October 23rd, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
All businesses have a legal obligation to ensure employees are protected from harm in the workplace. This level 2 Award in Health & Safety helps fulfil those legal requirements as it meets nationally recognised standards. The course is suitable for individuals at all levels and by improving their knowledge and understanding of Health & Safety helps to keep everyone safe and minimises risks.
November 5th, 9:30am-12:30pm at involve
Assertiveness will give you an important skill which enables you to express yourself in an engaging & confident way, helping your self confidence.
Management & Leadership Training
November 6th, 9:30am-3:30pm at Wokingham Fire Station

•    Introduction to the core management skills (small group brainstorm and input)
•     What affects our management skills? (Iceberg model & drivers questionnaire–input & discussion)
•     Leadership and management – differences, overlaps
•     Key leadership theories – Adair, Bennis, Tannenbaum & Smidt
•     Leadership exercise
•     Team leadership – team development, motivation
•     Values Congruence model
•     Personal audit & action planning
Personality Disorder Training
November 7th, 9:30 am - 12:30pm at Wokingham Fire Station
Introduction to Personality Disorders is a course for those looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of Personality Disorders. The course looks at:
•    Understanding the diagnosis
•    How people with a personality disorder are affected by the disorder
•    The different types of Personality Disorder
•    Treatments and Interventions options available.
•    Understanding the impact the disorder can have on family, friends,
     professionals, as well as the people who have it.
•    What support is available                            
Introduction to the English Language
12th November, 9:30am – 12noon at Earley Crescent Resource
Let's Talk English for Improvers
12th November, 12:30-2:30pm at Earley Crescent Resource
A 5 week English improvers course, in a small group, for adults who want to improve their English speaking skills under the supervision of an experienced Tutor. Find out more:
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.                                                                   
Surviving the Break-Up
6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November at St Sebastian’s Parish Centre, Wokingham
A 4-Session Course on Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm. Another of the successful award-winning short courses designed to provide information and support for anyone who is at any stage of separation or divorce. Topics covered include the emotions surrounding separation, the effect on the children, plus legal and financial information. For further information please contact 01344 761050 or
What is ‘Community Organising’?
Friday 22nd November, 9.30am – 5pm at Beech Hill Memorial Hall, RG7 2BE.
When communities work together, the possibilities for positive change are endless. Community organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power. When people are organised, communities get heard and power begins to shift creating real change for good
This interactive, quality-assured course will help you to develop the skills and confidence to start listening to people to build relationships and activate people as part of a community organising strategy. Listening to people is the foundation of community organising because it builds trust and relationships, uncovers issues and is an essential starting point for bringing people together to share stories, ideas and action.
To reserve your place please click here:

Funding Alerts

HM Prison and Probation Service Grants 
Grants of £50,000 and £250,000 are available for voluntary sector organisations for the piloting of new services and approaches or the extension of current programmes that support offender rehabilitation in four areas. These focus on improving: Support for families & significant others; Outcomes for those with protected characteristics; Health and well being; and Safer custody.  Full details can be found on the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Sourcing Portal under the Project number Prj_1662 and on the website of  Clinks. Deadline: 1st November 2019
Co-operative Bank - Customer Donation Fund
Community Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until the 31st March 2020 to apply for funding of up to £1,000 from the Customer Donation Fund o support special projects and fundraising activities.
Funding for
Community Radio Stations 

Community Radio Fund will help support the core costs of running licensed community radio stations. It is open to community radio licensees. Grants from £2,000 to £20,000 have been given. See
  for how to apply and application form. Deadline 5th November.
The Sylvia Adams Trust Grants for Early years' preventative work
Charities can apply for grants to £50,000 to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children in England and Wales by investing in early years (0-3 year olds)  intervention and preventative work. Deadline: November 15th 2019 for funding in February.
Air Quality Grant 2019-20
Local authorities can apply for the Air
Quality Grant Scheme 2019 to 2020.  Deadline: Midday 7th November 2019.
Priority given to areas exceeding air quality limits; and/or that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).
Morrisons Foundation Grants
Morrisons offer grants up to £25,000  for new projects that groups would like to get off the ground but for which they have no funding.  The project should be for a good cause and of benefit to the community.    Deadline: Applications can be made at any time
Music for All Grants
Music for All awards up to £2,500 to not-for-profit organisations, VCSEs charities and schools that aim to bring musical projects to their local communities.  The grant is for musical instrument costs, using music to break down barriers, providing educational opportunities and helping to positively integrate diverse and minority groups into society. The trustees look at:
•    How many new musicians will the project create and support?

•    How sustainable the project is, so people can continue their musical journeys
•    Whether other organisations are supporting the project and can help with funding, or if you’ve applied to any other charities.
Deadline: 1st Nov 2019 for funding in January 2020.
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