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March 2019

Wokingham Chain Newsletter
Hi everyone,
I have just a couple of key things to highlight, firstly welcoming and introducing involve’s newest team member: Philip Bell – Philip is the new Deputy General Manager and will be leading the development work involve offers to charities and community groups. Philip has written an intro below and please do make contact to introduce yourselves and your organisations to him.

And secondly, we have our next Growth Club in the diary. Growth Clubs are for any charity and group in the area looking to plan ahead for their organisation and set goals and challenges to make sure their organisation goes from strength to strength. These events are free and get people the head space to focus on their organisation. The next Club is at the Coppid Beech Hotel on the 2nd April and runs from 9am – 12.30pm. There is a chance to network as well as get peer to peer support and in April you’ll have the chance to hear more about involve’s new Trustee and Funding services.
To sign up or for more information contact
These sessions make a real difference to those that attend so book your place now!
That’s all for now – read on and have a great weekend,
Philip Cook  l  General Manager
Tel: 01344 304404
Facebook : involve - Bracknell Forest & Wokingham Borough
Twitter :  @involve_WB

Local Voluntary Sector News

Introducing involves new Deputy General Manager
Hi Everyone! My name is Philip Bell.  I am delighted to have now officially started my role with involve. I have worked within the care profession for the last 25 years, mostly within council and health settings though more recently I enjoyed 3 years managing a children’s charity in a neighbouring local area. I really look forward to continuing my work within such a valuable sector and, as a local person who has lived both within Bracknell and Wokingham all my life, supporting my community.  Whilst I am getting to grips with my new role, I would welcome the opportunity to meet all of you, perhaps over a coffee, to hear about the great work you do and contribution you make to our neighbourhoods, so feel free to get in touch!
Recruiting & retaining young volunteers
NCVO have written a handy blog outlining their 10 top tips for how charities can recruit, and importantly, retain young volunteers. The blog covers why we want young volunteers, as well as how you can attract them. Tips include: getting families involved, as well as keeping things fun and flexible. Check out the full blog here.
No-deal Brexit a 'catastrophe' for charity shops
The Charity Retail Association have warned that the government's plan to replace CE markings on products (which confirms that they meet European Economic Area standards) with a UK-only equivalent in the event of a no-deal Brexit could lead to a catastrophe for small charity shops. The CRA have written to the Business Secretary to warn that this change will make the majority of charity shops stock unsaleable, leaving them with 'crippling costs'. 
They also warn that the move could also have
negative environmental effects as charities are forced
to bin stock.  Read the full piece from CRA here.
I will be heard - CSE Truth Project
I was sexually abused as a child. Sharing my experience will help protect children in the future. In the past, I was let down by organisations I trusted, who questioned and doubted me. That’s why the Truth Project was set up. It’s part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which aims to learn from the past, to help create a safer place for children. It was a difficult decision for me to get in touch, but I did some research and felt assured that whatever I shared, it would be in confidence and heard without judgement. If you were sexually abused as a child, the Truth Project would like to hear from you. Because getting a better picture of the past will help build a safer place for children in the future. Visit or call 0800 917 1000 (weekdays from 8am to 8pm, Saturdays 10am to 12pm.)
New veterans ID cards rolled out to service leavers
All service leavers will receive a new ID card to mark their time in the armed forces.
A new ID card for armed forces veterans, which will help them access specialist support and services, has started to be issued to service leavers. Any personnel who have left the military since December 2018 will automatically be given one of the new ID cards, which will allow them to maintain a tangible link to their career in the forces.
The cards allow veterans to easily verify their service to the NHS, their local authority, and charities, helping them to access support and services where needed. All other veterans will be able to apply for a new ID card by the end of this year, to mark their time in the armed forces.
The cards will complement the NHS’ commitment to providing specialist health support for veterans in every part of the health service, enabling ex-service personnel in England, Scotland and Wales to access treatment where they have been affected by their service. 
Any veteran in need of support can contact the Veterans’ Gateway – the 24 hour service which signposts ex-forces personnel to the wide range of support available to them, including housing and financial advice, career guidance, and medical care from the NHS. Since being set up in 2017, the Veterans’ Gateway has already received over 20,000 contacts, advising ex-forces personnel and their families.
Report from Citizen’s Advice: The Mental Health premium
Mental health problems are the most common health issue among Citizens Advice clients, impacting 89,410 clients last year. Previous research by the organisation found people with mental health problems are more likely to struggle with essential services, and support offered by providers is inadequate. The Mental Health Premium shows that where poor mental health reduces someone’s ability to carry out daily activities, they can incur costs of £1,100 - £1,550 each year as a result of inaccessible services, poor regulatory protections & inadequate support. You can read a summary of the report’s findings here.
PHE launches ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign
This week, Public Health England (PHE) has launched the major new national campaign ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’, to increase the number of women attending their cervical screening across England. Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, and around 690 women die from the disease, which is 2 deaths every day. It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented. The campaign will encourage women to respond to their cervical screening invitation letter, and if they missed their last screening, to book an appointment at their GP practice. Read more about the campaign here.

Upcoming Events

The Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2019
On Saturday 23rd March, 10am - 2pm at Bracknell & Wokingham College
Come and meet your community in all its diversity and splendour!
On Saturday 23rd March, at Bracknell & Wokingham College, involve - working in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council - will be holding a 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. To find out more, or to offer your support, please contact Diane Benford on 01344 383513 or
Wellington Concert Band & Jazz Orchestra Concert
Friday 22nd March at The New Performing Arts Theatre, Wellington College
In support of the Crowthorne Community Minibus Charity, Wellington Jazz Orchestra and Concert Band will be performing arrangements from a wide range of genres, including Jazz, Funk, Pop, Latin and Rock. We encourage you to book early for this concert as tickets sell out quickly. Commencing at 8.00 pm featuring the Wellington Jazz Orchestra & Wellington Concert Band. Tickets £12.00. Click here to book your place online or from reception. 01344 444000.
National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day               March 18th 2019
On March 18th, we want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation. CSE is a form of sexual assault that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children. Click here to find out more and get involved.
Celebrate International Women's
Day with Women of Wokingham!
Saturday 9th March, 9:30-11:30am at Wokingham Baptist Church
Celebrate International Women's Day here in Wokingham by enjoying a free breakfast while you hear from and meet Wokingham women.  We are celebrating International Women's Day in Wokingham by bringing women of all backgrounds together to listen to and meet one another. This will be a friendly and informal opportunity to enjoy a free breakfast and meet other brilliant women just like you. All women are welcome! We will have a few toys if you need to bring small ones with you. If you have any accessibility needs please let us know. Thanks to Wokingham Baptist Church whose men will be serving breakfast to us women! Click here to book.
Dementia Advice Afternoon
Friday 15th March, 12noon at Alexandra Grange Care Home
12 - Welcome from Home’s Manager, Magda Anca
12.15 - Sally Mahon, Hallmark’s Dementia Relations Practitioner and Dementia Lead and Winner of Hallmark Care awards 2018, Andrina Andrews will be talking about Hallmark’s Dementia Strategy and the progress so far.
13.15 - Interactive workshop with Andrina Andrews to understand dementia
14.00 - All you need to know about Power of Attorney and Best Interest Decision
14.30 - ‘My journey so far with dementia’ talk by Wendy O’Sullivan, daughter of resident at Alexandra Grange living with dementia
15.00 - Tour arounds the dementia community  and one to one sessions
To book please contact Sylvia Lavan:
T- 01189 123210 E-
We also held monthly Dementia Friends sessions, if there is anyone interested. Next session will be on: 27th March at 12noon.
Dementia friendly film screening: Grease
Wednesday 10th April at 1pm at The Whitty Theatre
Wokingham Film Society is showing ‘Grease’. There will be a short interval and complimentary refreshments after the film. Doors open at 12:45pm, film starts at 1:30pm. The venue has plenty of parking and there will be volunteers to help throughout.
Tickets £5. Tickets available on the door and from Wokingham Alzheimer’s Café or online at

Training Courses & Workshops

VCS Growth Club
2nd April 2019, 9am-12noon at the Coppid Beech Hotel
Growth Club is open to all and free to attend, for all who work or volunteer in the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector who wish to find support for their organisations undertakings – it is an opportunity to network and find peer support – it is your chance to tell us what we can do to help you achieve success in your roles. Whether a volunteer, trustee, staff member or leader of a group we want to support you to accomplish your goals in a focused
and receptive environment with your peers. Book your place via our website or contact Philip Bell for more information.
Interview Presentation Skills
March 25, 9:30 am–1pm at Earley Crescent
- How to prepare to present yourself
- Using visual aids & electronic devices
- How to engage effectively with interviewers
- Selling your personal strengths.
- Practice your presentation skills.
Please Note: Booking is Essential.  For more information or to book a place, please email:
Thinking Ahead Workshop for carers: Health & Wellbeing
Wednesday 27th March 2019, 9.45am – 2pm at Wokingham Town Hall
Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap is offering a series of workshops based on the theme of ‘Thinking Ahead’ for carers of people with a learning disability/autism. Funding for this workshop has been provided by Wokingham Borough Council and fundraising. Please note that these workshops are limited to residents of the Bracknell and Wokingham Boroughs.
This workshop will include speakers and information on:

• ‘Pranic Healing’ (complementary therapy)
• Relaxing music with the ‘Fun2sing Social singing group’ 
• Information on keeping healthy
(The first guest speaker will start at 10.10am prompt - you do not have to have attended previous workshops to attend this event). Refreshments and free lunch included. Booking is essential by Wednesday 20th March for catering purposes. To book a place or for more details,
please email or telephone 0300 777 8539.
Future Leaders Coaching
Tuesday 19th March, 9am-5pm at Prince's Trust House, London
Unleash your uniqueness! The Prince’s Trust is presenting a pilot programme alongside Lea_p Leadership coaches to give you the tools to boost your confidence, make decisions that are right for
you and better understand yourself.
How will I benefit from this day?
• Recognise that leadership is about being your authentic self
• Develop self-awareness and strengthen confidence within yourself
• Understand your values and how they demonstrate your ideal job
• Learn techniques to empower yourself & find what holds you back 
Eligibility Criteria: Young people (16-30 years old). Not in full-time employment (over 30 hours). Students and those on zero hour contracts can still sign up!
Others who have taken part have said:
‘This programme helped me to recognise what might be holding me back. Really eye-opening and uplifting!’
‘It was so beneficial for my perception of job seeking and my sense of self. It was what I needed to motivate me.’        ‘A confidence and aspiration booster!’
Book now:
Emergency First Aid & Defibrillator Training
21st March, 7-9pm at the Cornerstone
This training is FREE to attend and provided by Heartstart Swallowfield but places are limited and must be BOOKED. To book a place please click here. The Emergency Life training covers:
• Priorities/the conscious casualty
• Choking
• The unconscious casualty
• Serious bleeding
• Cardiac arrest
• Automated External Defibrillator
• Suspected heart attack
• ELS Certificate

Suicide Awareness

March 7, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
at Wokingham Fire Station

This 3 hour workshop will explore the prevalence of suicide in the Uk, looking at who is most at risk and the support available. We will discuss ways in which we can support an individual experiencing suicidal thoughts and ideas and identify how and when we should seek help for people in crisis.
Depression & Anxiety
March 13, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at WFS
This full day course aims to increase learners’ understanding of mental health. We will consider the causes of these conditions, their signs and symptoms and treatment options available. The full day allows us to really explore what those with depression or anxiety experience as well as some of the challenges we may face in offering support. For further info or to book a place please  visit our website.
Is volunteering for you?
April 1, 9:30am–12:30pm at the Earley Crescent Resource Centre
Volunteering can change your life! 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 huge variety of volunteering roles available in your local community
• The free or low cost training you can access
• What you can expect from the experience – your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer
For more information or to book a place, please email:

Early Help Worker
37 hrs per week, £23,866 - £27,358 at Wokingham Youth & Community Centre
Wokingham’s Early Help Service allows for the right support to be put in place, at the right time to meet families’ needs prior to issues reaching crisis point. The team aim to reinforce families’ own skills to determine their life course. 
 Looking for someone to co-ordinate, deliver and assist in the management of appropriate early intervention services and support for children, young people, parents and carers in Wokingham. Team members will engage young people and their families to defuse crises within the home. Click here for an application form & to find out more. Closing date for application is 31st March 2019.
Allotment Session Volunteer
Rose Buddies is a community support service for adults with
learning disabilities who receive none or very little statutory support.

We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to help support our services users to gain gardening experience in our weekly gardening groups. As a Volunteer Gardening Group Assistant it will be your role to prompt our service users to think about what they would like to grow, and to teach them how to plant and maintain the vegetables as they grow.
Our service users will also need to be supported to maintain the areas we use by helping paint the fences and raised beds, prepare the garden waste for recycling, cleaning and tidying the poly tunnel, shed and equipment. Through the year, we also run Woodwork Workshops for the members to make their own bird boxes, bug boxes and raised beds.

The Gardening Group sessions are currently held at Tuesdays 3pm-5pm and Wednesdays 9:30am to 11:30am. So the volunteer must be able to commit to one of these times. Download the full job description and application form before applying, click here for more info & to apply.

Funding Alerts

Berkshire Community Foundation -‘Vital for Berkshire’
‘Vital for Berkshire’ aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment. The funding round is now open for applications, with grants available of up to £10,000.
Deadline:  9.00 am on the morning of Wednesday 1 May 2019.
For more information see:
Note:  The BCF  provide grants for three other different programs
Wokingham Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Funding
Grants between £1000 to £10,000 are available to: 
• Address violence against women and girls
• Reduce organised crime including the
impact of county lines dealing

• Reduce and prevent exploitation and address
the needs of vulnerable victims and offenders

• Empower and enable the resilience of local communities, including the reduction of anti-social behaviour.  
Voluntary, charity, statutory and private sector organisations working with people in Wokingham can apply.  Contact  for more information,
confirm deadline and request application form. 
Waitrose Community Matters
Each month each Waitrose & Partners branch donates £1,000 (£500 in Convenience shops) between 3 local good causes that customers choose. In addition Online, also shares a  monthly donation of £25,000 between 3 national causes.   Local registered charities that would like to be considered  for Waitrose Community Matters should apply through their local branch. 
See for details of both schemes. ASDA, The Co-op, Tesco and other supermarkets have similar schemes. 
Heritage Fund
The National Lottery Grant for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage projects. Heritage can mean different things to different people and a wide range of  projects, groups and organisations are funded.  Funding for charities and not for profit organisations or partnerships is from £3,000 to £5 million.  Deadline: Decisions are made each month or quarterly for larger proposals.   For more information see
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