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Dear Readers,
Welcome to the new & improved Chain newsletter! We decided to cut down on the amount of information we put in our newsletters and keep it short and simple for your enjoyment! With the New Year fast approaching, we wanted to give you all a new design so the information we gather about Wokingham Borough is much more accessible and user friendly! We are also using MailChimp to send out the newsletters so they can get to you more regularly and in a more organised layout.
We hope you enjoy!
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
From all of us here at involve Community Services


 ·Community NewsGreat campaigns for helping yourself over Christmas
·Training & Workshops–Improving your skills and motivations in 2017
·Events – Christmas get togethers and other group clubs in New Year
·OpportunitiesNew paid and voluntary positions available
·Available Funding a great way to get your charity up and running


Involve's New Website
In January 2017 involve’s website is getting updated! We’re going to change the staff structure, as lots of people have moved around in their roles, and improve the overall design and layout of the site. Be sure to keep checking to see when it goes live!

Local Charities Day 2016 • 16th December
Local Charities Day put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them thrive and demonstrate the great work they do in their areas. Thank you to everyone who got involved; charities like us wouldn’t be able to carry on without your amazing support!

‘I’m Fine’ Campaign
The Mental Health Foundation has launched a campaign to challenge the stigma around mental health & bring back meaning to our daily conversations. Click here to view their poster.

Live Life Safe
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust provides lots of great advice about how to keep safe in your community, which is especially important over the winter months when the weather’s worse and it gets dark faster. Learn how to keep yourself self by visiting their website.

Giving Tuesday 2016 • 29th November
An estimated 4.5 million people in Britain supported last month's Giving Tuesday, making it the most successful yet, according to the Charities Aid Foundation. CAF said it was not possible to say how much money was raised on 29 November, but just under 1 in 10 adults in Britain supported a good cause on the day, whether that was donating money, fundraising, volunteering time or talking to friends and families about the work of charities.


Involve Christmas Party • 20th December

We had an amazing time seeing all of our incredible members and fellow charity workers at our annual Christmas Event. It was a great get together for the voluntary & community sector, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to working with you all more in 2017!



Involve Wokingham Training • Jan-April 2017
We have lots of great training set up ready for you all to apply for in the New Year! Presentation Skills, Health & safety, DBS, Adult Safeguarding, the list goes on.  Visit our website or call Claire for more information: 01344 383524

Wellbeing in Mind • Jan-July • Bracknell & Wokingham College
This is new adult community learning course for people aged 19+ who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues. For more information visit their website or contact: 01344 868 600 •

Earley Cresent Resource Centre Courses • 2017
They offer a wide range of courses for beginners and improvers in various subjects including free employability workshops. For more information call: 0118 921 0555 or visit their website

Making Safeguarding Personal • 7th February 2017, 9:30am -12:30pm
or 1:00pm - 4:00pm
at Woodley Hill House
This course is for managers and senior staff with responsibility for the training and development of the workforce working for the private, voluntary and independent social care sectors in West Berkshire. Visit their website to book.

Self Harm Awareness Training • Feb 3rd 2017 • Didcot Civic Hall

Do you work with people who hurt themselves? Do you struggle to understandand respond to this behavior? If you answered yes to these, you could benefit rom this one-day training course. Contact Sue Pauley to find out more and apply: 07815 902 049 or or visit their website.

Introduction to Childcare Roles • Feb 2017 • Finchamstead Library
The Wokingham Borough Council Adult Learning Community are taking bookings for their second Childcare Roles Courses for February-March in 2017. If you’re into a job in Childcare, this is the course for you, at only £45! Visit their Wokingham Directory listing or call them for more information: 0118 974 6261

ABC To Read Training • 9th & 10th Feb 2017
ABC To Read has set a date for their next reading mentor training for new volunteers. Visit their website or call 0118 951 1336 for more information.

Cancer Research UK Innovation Workshops • June 2017
These 3-day workshops have been set up to develop collaborations & each workshop focuses on a different theme for cancer prevention. The theme in June 2017 for the
next workshop will be ‘Physical Activity and Cancer Prevention’. Visit their website or contact Abbey for more information: 020469 8668

Voluntary Sector Growth Clubs •Coppid Beach Hotel
involve’s free Growth Club sessions are designed to help you set your goals and set up steps on how you can achieve them. Dates for 2017 are 10th Jan, 4th April, 4th July & 3rd Oct from 9am-12pm. Places are limited and going fast so be sure to book today: visit our website for more information.

OMpassion Workshops • Forest Park Community Centre
OMpassion are a Community Interest Company who deliver free workshops to the general public, carers/staff, and mental health service-users in the art & science of compassion. The workshops are typically a series of 3.5 hour sessions or can be tailored to suit different people’s needs. All the workshops provide handouts and workbooks for each learner. If you think you might be interested please contact, or visit their website for more information.





Deaf Football • Jan 19th  2017 • 9-10pm• Braywick Park
Deaf Positives Action, in partnership with Sportable, a disabled sports organisation, have successfully received a grant from the FA to set up weekly Deaf Football sessions which starts 19th January 2017.

Autism Berkshire Youth Group•Jan 14th 2017•Wokingham Youth Centre
This group is for children and young people aged 8-17 who have a diagnosis of an ASC, or are on the waiting list for an assessment for an ASC, and their siblings. They meet a few times a month on Saturday afternoons, from 1:15-3:15pm. To book places call 01189 594 594 or email Visit their website for more information.

Carers Consultation Event • Jan 30th 2017 •
David Hicks Room, Wokingham Borough Council Offices

The purpose of this event is to gather intelligence in relation to the Carers Emergency and Health Related Respite Service Specification. We value the knowledge and experience of those working in the field and would welcome your input at this event to enable us to design services that are fit for purpose within the current socio economic context. Please could you indicate whether you are able to attend by Monday 16th January 2017 by emailing

Reading Internship Scheme Launch Event • Jan 24th 2017,   6:30-8pm •
The Meadow Suite, University of Reading

To celebrate the successes of past years and to look forward to the project for 2017, please join us at the University of Reading for the launch event. Please confirm your attendance
 or email Visit their website for further details.

Alzheimer's Society Berkshire Services• Jan-April 2017
There are many great events and services for people across Berkshire including Memory Cafes, Singing for the Brain, Empowerment Groups and much more, all set up by the Alzheimers Society. Use there simple Dementia Connect search engine to find events near you!


Christmas Dinner•Dec 25th at 12:30pm • Shiplake Memorial Hall
A group of volunteers are serving Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings for individuals who may be on their own on Christmas Day. The event is free of charge and has seating for around 40 people. For more information or last minute bookings please contact Irenna Bailey on 07903 078844 or email


Autism Berkshire • Youth Playworkers • Reading & Wokingham
The Reading & Wokingham Youth Groups meet on Saturday afternoons. Your role will be to support the group leaders and to help supervise children in a range of group an individual activities during sessions. For more information about all the positions and how to apply, see their website.

Scout Group Volunteer • Church Road, South Ascot
The group is looking for enthusiastic adult volunteers to help join their existing team of volunteers in providing fun, challenges and adventures to local young people age 10½-14. No prior knowledge is required - they will support you to reach your full potential. The Scouts section meets weekly on Thursdays 7-8.30pm (term-time). Click here to view the full position or visit their website for more information.

Voluntary & Community Sector Representative • 13th January closing date
The Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership are
seeking a highly experienced Voluntary and Community Sector Representative who can bring their commitment passion and energy to the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Forum. With a successful track record in Berkshire you will need to bring your skills, experience and constructive challenge to their well-developed ambitions. To apply for this position please visit by 5pm on Friday 13th January 2017. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Thursday 19 January 2017.




Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
This organization aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK by providing funding across four main sectors – Arts, Children & Young People, Environment and Social Change and offer three types of support: Grants, Social Investments and Grants Plus. To apply for funding, or find out more information, visit their website.

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