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June 2019

Wokingham Chain Newsletter Issue 54

It looks like we’re in for a hot weekend! Public Health have issued a health warning, particularly for the more at risk/ vulnerable members of the community – for more information either for yourselves, or those that you work with or other families and friends there is lots of helpful advice here: Key thing though, drink lots of water!
There are still places available at involve’s next Growth Club next week: 2nd July – Growth Club – a unique environment for charity managers or trustees to focus on the organisation and plan ahead. Expert speakers and facilitators add to the session to help your charity/ group move forwards and grow. Book your place here now:
A couple of other things to pick out; Third Sector insight has completed a Donating trends Report. The report covers:

  • Donating trends in each region of the UK, compared year-on-year
  • Why people choose to (or not) donate, drawing out differences between men and women, age groups, regions and social groups
  • People's perceptions of charity and levels of public trust
  • Supporter preferences for donating methods (including online) and more

You have to hand over your details to get this report, but if you’re interested, the link is here:
Lastly, some of you will have heard of ICS’s (Integrated Care Systems) and currently a mapping exercise is underway on behalf of NHS England’s Voluntary Partnerships Team. The purpose of this piece of work is to enable NHS England to start working to improve the involvement of VCSE organisations in STPs (Sustainable Transformation Partnerships) and ICSs, to look at where gaps exist and to provide more appropriate support. If you want to take part in this mapping exercise, you can do so here:
That’s all for now, please read on and enjoy the weather (safely!),

Philip Cook  l  General Manager
Tel: 01344 304404

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Local Voluntary Sector News

Max Cards for SEND Voices Wokingham Members
SEND Voices Wokingham are very pleased to be able to offer all our member a FREE Max Card. The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for families of children with additional needs age 0-25. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission more information can be found on:
Full details of how to become a member and the Max Card are on our website: If you have any questions or want to check if you are already registered as a member  email: 
New service to support families bereaved by suicide
Victim Support has been commissioned by Slough and Wokingham Borough Councils and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to run a pilot advocacy service to support families bereaved by suicide.  This project is part of the Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy and starts on 1st July 2019.
To help provide better support to those bereaved or affected, Victim Support has been commissioned to deliver the Bereaved by Suicide Service across Berkshire.
Under the new scheme, families will be provided with a specialist case worker who will work closely with them to provide practical help and emotional support.
This may include the following:
•       Support to help families cope with the psychological effects of trauma
•       Advocacy with housing services
•       Advice around benefits or support to claim the correct benefits
•       Support navigating the criminal justice system and Coroner’s Court
•       Support with arranging the funeral and accessing funds for this, if eligible
The aim of the Bereaved by Suicide Service (BBS) is to reduce the distress and improve the long-term outlook, resilience and wellbeing of people directly bereaved by suicide. The service will provide specialist, confidential support, tailored to the needs of individuals, for as long as it is needed.
To refer yourself or someone else, please email:
If you need to talk to someone now call our Supportline free on 0808 168 9111.
Wokingham Borough Housing Target Consultation
Wokingham Borough council has launched a public consultation on housing numbers target that the Government is currently proposing to set for the borough.
We have accommodated significant housing development in recent years and we do have a need for more, but we believe the Government’s target goes beyond what is actually needed locally. Please take part in our Consultation to tell us if you think the Government target is too high. The
survey is on our website at
State of Social Enterprise Survey
Social Enterprise UK has launched its national flagship survey of social enterprises. The information collected informs and promotes practical solutions to problems faced by social enterprises. It is an important tool for Social Enterprise UK and organisations it works with in terms of providing the right type of support. It should take around 20 minutes to complete, and the answers you give will be kept entirely confidential. You can complete the survey here.
ACEVO Publish Research Into Bullying in the Charity Sector
ACEVO and the Centre for Mental Health have published research into bullying in the charity sector.
 In Plain Sight: Workplace bullying in charities and the implications for leadership shines a light on the experiences of people who have been bullied in a charity workplace. It highlights the emotional harm it causes, making six recommendations to create safer systems, processes and cultures.
The research comes amidst a rise in public and political concern about the possibility of misconduct taking place within charities, including bullying behaviour. It draws upon the voices of victims of bullying in charities to describe the conditions in which it occurs and might persist and to provide analysis and recommendations for what charity leaders should do to create safer working cultures.
You can download the full report, an executive summary & ACEVO's plans for next steps here
You can also find a blog from the CEO of ACEVO, discussing why they undertook the research, here.
Digital Leadership 101 Series – Blogs to Help Small Charities
Superhighways was awarded funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to offer training, advice and resources that small charity leaders can use to get important conversations started, make strategic decisions and build digital capability.
NAVCA is working in partnership with Superhighways on this Digital Leadership 101 initiative, along with the FSI and London Plus, to contribute to a comprehensive series of blogs offering tips and advice across a range of digital topics.
This first collection in this series focuses on security
- helping your small charity stay safe online.
Here is a selection of blogs taken from the collection:
-  Cyber security for small charities: simple tips to stay safe online
from NAVCA's Business & Communications Lead, Tom Watson

-  Data Protection: 5 simple ways small charities can apply the rules – by  Paul Ticher
-  Encrypting your devices with Windows BitLocker – by Superhighways

Upcoming Events

Sign up for now for July Growth Club
Tuesday 2nd July, 9am until 12.30pm at the Coppid Beech Hotel
The club is open to anyone working within the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector in either a paid or unpaid capacity. 
The morning will offer a reflective place to consider both the organisational and personal achievements of members during the previous three months as well as establishing priorities for the coming quarter.  We will be joined by guest speaker Sarah Browning, a Comm
unications Specialist from Holly Brook Associates, who will be talking about the value of communications planning, highlighting how best to maximise various channels, including social media.
Reserve your space now at:
Wokingham Soup
Thursday 18 July, 6:30pm at Westmead Day Service
Could a donation of around £200 make a difference to your Wokingham-based project or cause? If so, apply now to pitch at a Wokingham Soup event. Wokingham Soup is a crowd-funding event for local people and local projects. The only condition is that your project must aim to benefit the Wokingham community.
How does Wokingham Soup work?
• 3 local community projects are invited to pitch at each event.
• Attendees vote for their preferred cause, in a secret ballot.
• The winning project receives all of the proceeds taken on the door that evening. Optalis will also match fund the donations made by attendees, up to £250.
Who can apply?*
• Any charity, social enterprise or community project based in the Wokingham borough.
• Your services or project must support people, communities or environments
• Your idea can be brand new or an existing project.
* Applicants that meet the basic criteria will be entered into a draw to pitch at the event
Setting up a Trauma Informed Community
1st July 2019, 9:30am-12:30pm at Wokingham Council Chamber
Wokingham Borough Council's Public Health team are hosting this event organised by the Reading and surrounding areas WAVE Trust ambassador group. WAVE are working towards setting up Trauma Informed towns and services with a view to supporting those affected by any type of trauma and preventing further trauma across generations. In other parts of the world, this has led to reduced cases of child maltreatment, reduced mental health difficulties including suicide, reduced crime and reduced school exclusions.  The WaveTrust is working towards reducing 70% of child maltreatment by 2030. You can find out more & book to attend this event using this link -  

Tackling the Causes of the Causes of Crime 
Wednesday 3rd July 2019 at Sindlesham Court, Wokingham
Get Berkshire Active and Thames Valley Police are excited to be hosting a new forum designed to bring together organisations from across Berkshire to hear more about the underlying drivers of crime locally and also to hear about some of the solutions. 
The focus will be “Tackling the causes of the causes of crime” and we are delighted to confirm the following influential keynote speakers: 
·         Superintendent Stan Gilmour, LPA Commander, Reading 
·         Cath Marriott, Policy Development – Partnerships and Performance, Office of the PCC, TV
·         Nick West-Oram, Head of Development and Insight at Get Berkshire Active
·         Dave Seward, CEO, Berkshire Youth 

To confirm your attendance please book a place using this link .

Voluntary Sector Networking Event
24th July, 2-4pm at Easthampstead Baptist Church
Come and join us on the 24th July for the next involve Voluntary Sector networking event! This event is a chance to meet with colleagues in the sector, raise awareness of who you are, what you do as well as ask for any contacts/ calls for help. Book you place today:
Summer Fair
Sunday 30th June, 12 - 3pm at Manor Green School, Maidenhead, SL6 3EQ
ncludes John Johnny Entertainment, Bouncy Castle,  Face Painting, BBQ, Beer Tent, Cakesm Asian Foods, Raffle, Tombola, Games, Petting Animals, Wheelchair Accessible Tractor Ride and lots of stalls . Free Entry

Training Courses & Workshops

Mental Health Awareness Training
July 4th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
Mental Health is a serious subject. Nearly two-thirds of people say that they have experienced mental health problems and evidence suggests that poor mental health is responsible for almost 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK.

This Mental Health Awareness Training raises awareness of ill-mental health (particularly stress, depression and anxiety), provides tools and guidance for daily wellbeing-management, and aims to remove the stigma surrounding mental health.
Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
July 9th, 9:30am - 12:30pm at WFS
This beginners training course is aimed at individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who work with adults and children or young people, to give a basic awareness of issues surrounding domestic abuse.
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.
Managing Conflict Workshop
July 9th,  9:30 am - 3:30 pm at involve
This course is aimed at Management level of staff and will enable you to:
  • Identify the types and causes of conflict
  • Know how to prevent conflict and how personalities affect conflict
  • Know how to respond to conflict
  • Learn the methods of positive resolution
Professional Boundaries Workshop
July 10th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at involve
This half day workshop explores the concept of Professional Boundaries for those working in care and support environments. We will discuss legal and ethical issues, as well as the consequences of failing to maintain appropriate boundaries.
Appraisals & Supervision Training
July 16th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at involve
This half-day training course defines the procedures for staff supervision and staff appraisal development, thus ensuring the link between, management and effective performance/ productivity. By the end of the course, delegates will –

1. have a clear appreciation of the benefits of appraisals,
2. the skills involved in setting & monitoring objectives
3. understand how to give feedback effectively,
4. be able to carry out an appraisal interview.
Fire Safety Course
July 17th, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm at Wokingham Fire Station
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.
This course is targeted at those needing to train their staff in fire safety procedures. However, it is also applicable to anyone who wishes to learn how to prevent fire in the workplace and deal with it effectively should it occur.
Group Interview Skills 
July 8, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at Earley Crescent
Experience an example of what to expect during a group interview, in a fun and supportive environment. Take part in a group interview exercise and receive constructive feedback from an industry expert.
For more info or to book a place,
please email:
Is volunteering for you?
July 9, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join this workshop to discover:

- What volunteering can do for you
-how volunteering can fit into and benefit your job search and also your life
-the variety of volunteering roles available in your local community
-the free or low cost training you can access
- your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer
PPePCare Training
22nd & 23rd July at Wokingham Town Hall
In partnership with involve Community Services, we are delighted to offer 4
separate sessions of PPEPCare training. 
PPEPCare 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 using psycho-education and relevant psychological techniques (e.g. using a cognitive behavioural framework). Training consists of didactic teaching, experiential learning, group discussion and DVD material and is delivered by appropriately qualified and supported staff from local CAMHS and local authority services.

Berkshire Youth Job Opportunities
Client Relationship & Marketing Associate
Working closely with the Marketing Manager to agree a strategy toexpand our much-needed services to young people across the county by increasing donations & corporate partnerships.
Training and Volunteer Development Manager
To grow our volunteer numbers and develop a bank of trainers to delivery the wide variety of programmes that we currently offer and are looking to offer in the future.
Activities Officer (Health & Wellbeing) 
Organise & deliver a diverse range of leisure time opportunities to the young people of Berkshire.
For further information &  job description
Contact David Seward, Chief Executive Officer: or 01189 090927
Closing date for applications: 10th July 2019
Interviews: 16th & 22nd July 2019

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers
Do you enjoy reading? Aged 16 to 24? Enjoy working with children & want to volunteer? Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you… We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in & complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Space Chase & help out with children’s activities in the library. It’s fun & a great addition to your CV & you have the change to give something back to your local community.
The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 29th July to Friday 30th August 2019. For information contact or 0118 974 6263.

SAFE Horse Rescue
SAFE  : Supporting local landowners to legally rescue and re-home abandoned and neglected horses in the Berkshire & Surrey area.  If funds and voluntary assistance are available, the group will rehabilitate rescued horses until they are healthy and suitable for re-homing.​ SAFE runs entirely on volunteer’s time and effort.   Our volunteers are very special people, they come from all walks of life and all ages.   They offer their love, experience, talents and ideas, but most of all their sheer commitment to ensure that every horse that comes into SAFE care never faces pain, hunger or neglect again.
Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
Salary: £21,089 - £23,761 per annum
In line with the government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working across both educational settings and healthcare sectors in England.
Successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis by and based with a trailblazer site where the Mental Health Support Teams would be located to deliver mental health support across a range of educational settings in the region. The trailblazer sites are due to be announced very soon and will be based within a commutable distance from the university. This means as part of this role there will be a requirement to travel to the university for an element of the training from the service where the candidate is based.
Successful candidates will be offered a full-time educational programme specifically for the role in partnership with the University of Sussex. For further info and how to apply, visit:

Funding Alerts

Skills for Positive Futures
This programme is open for applications between 3 June - 3 July 2019.
We are making £350,000 available from our Community Investment Fund to support community-led organisations working to develop life skills and resilience among children who are vulnerable to involvement in violence. This funding programme will work in particular with 8-14 year olds at risk of exclusion, by supporting voluntary organisations to provide prevention and early-intervention support. Please ensure you read our Funding Criteria and Guidance notes before starting an application.
More than a Pub Programme
This aims to increase the number of community-owned pubs open and trading and also to grow the range of services they offer to help the wider community.  Applications will open in summer 2019. Visit powertochange
 for more details.
Grants for the Conservation of Wildlife & the Environment
Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust. The Trust makes grants of between £250 and £1,000 (sometimes up to £5,000). Apply any time

Funding for Charities to Develop an Effective Web Presence 
The Transform Foundation provides grants for charities and not for profit organisations operating for the public good to develop an effective social media and web presence with the aim of developing future funding streams. The Website Grant Programme provides a funding package of up to £18,000 to cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. See 
for more information. 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Funding from Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)
Schools, Parish Councils and other community based organisations in rural England wanting to develop renewable energy projects to provide economic and social benefits to their communities, and make money by selling it back to the grid,  can apply for funding through the £10 RCEF. A feasibility grant of up to approximately £40,000 for an initial investigation into the feasibility of a renewable energy project.. Viable proposal will also be able to apply for further grants of up to £100,000. More information or contact the South East hub
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