involve Community Services E Bulletin
April 2017 issue 87
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  • involve News & Updates - Welcome, Pride of Bracknell Awards
  • involve Bracknell Training - Safeguarding & Managing People & Policies
  • SeAp - Volunteers Needed
  • ABC To Read - Berkshire charity hold prices despite education cuts
  • Bracknell Forest Natural History Society - Discover British Spiders
  • Dangerous New Teen Craze - Self Harming 'Blue Whale' Game
  • Alzheimer's Society Activities & Services - April to August 2017
  • Warfield Village Fete - Great fun for all the family on Saturday June 10th
  • Wokinhgam, Bracknell & Districts Mencap - Project Co-ordinator, Office Manager & Bookkeeper Needed
  • ACAS - Latest Workplace News & Training Events
involve News & Updates

This is a final call out for entries to this years Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards. Today is the day that nominations have to be in by... The Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards were started in 2005 to celebrate the achievements of the community, in areas from charity through to sports and education. They continue to identify those exceptional individuals and groups which make significant contributions to the quality of life in the region.
The Awards have been running ever since to give the recognition that these individuals - and the community more widely - so richly deserve, and to encourage others to get involved in an enormously promising area. Nominations can be made on line here: and must be in TODAY!!

There are Awards across 10 categories:

  1. The John Nike Pride of Bracknell Forest - Young Person's Award
  2. The John Nike Pride of Bracknell Forest - Adult Award
  3. School of the Year
  4. Teacher of the Year
  5. Business of the Year
  6. Health and Sport - Young Person's Award
  7. Health and Sport - Adult Award
  8. Charity of the Year
  9. Volunteer of the Year
  10. Team of the Year

This year, the Awards will take place on Friday 21st April at Bracknell & Wokingham College.
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General Manager, 01344 304404

involve Bracknell Training 

Adult Safeguarding - 18th  April, 9am - 12:30pm
This course is essential for anyone working with or dealing with elderly or vulnerable adults.

Policies & Procedures - 20th April, 10am - 12noon 
Introduction to policies, why you need them and which ones are essential. If you are a new organisation and want to know which policies you need and what their content should be then this workshop is a must for you!
Self-Management - 25th April, 9am - 12:30pm
This course is designed to help people look at how they are planning their days and identify where they can make helpful changes.  It is specifically for people living with long term health conditions

Managing Volunteers with Additional Needs - 9th May, 9am - 12:30pm
This course is for charities, groups and organisations using volunteers with additional needs.

Managing People - 11th May, 9am - 3:30pm

This course is for those people already in management or intending to go into management in the future. We will:
  • Help you to understand Management concepts
  • Help you to understand the characteristics and functions of Management
  • Help you to understand the factors that influence individual motivation
  • Enable you to discuss the key issues with team building
Stronger Communities Training - 15th May, 9:30am - 2:30pm for 4 weeks (excluding 31st May)
Do you…
  • have time to be a volunteer in your local community?
  • know someone who would be interested?

All you need is…

  • a friendly and flexible nature
  • the ability to listen
  • to understand the need for confidentiality
  • to be able to offer a few hours of your time
We will offer the training necessary for you to undertake a range of volunteering roles for which you will receive a certificate on completion. Participants are provided with free training, free lunch & free crèche.

Adult Safeguarding - 16th May, 9am - 12:30pm
This course is essential for anyone working with or dealing with elderly or vulnerable adults.

Managing Conflict - 18th May, 9am - 3:30pm
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
                                                           Use the available links above to book your place online
or contact involve to find out more information:
  Berkshire charity hold prices despite education cuts

Local reading charity ABC to Read have announced that they will be holding the price of their school contributions for their volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets.
The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, representing a real-term reduction of 12% over that period; just £3 a week per child. 95% of the children working with an ABC to Read experience an improvement in their reading performance with 96% reporting a higher self-esteem as a result, making this £3 cost exceptional value.
ABC to Read liaises very closely with the primary schools it works with, to identify the children who would benefit most from a volunteer mentor to read with them. The school’s contribution helps towards the cost of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers. It also provides the charity with the necessary resources and pays volunteer travel expenses where appropriate which is essential for the charity to carry on with their vital work in helping children find the fun in reading.
Many schools choose to allocate children in receipt of PPG funding to be assigned an ABC to Read mentor. Where just one of the allocated children is in receipt of the disadvantaged children’s PPG grant, the ABC to Read contribution still leaves 73% of that PPG income free for schools to use in other ways, with the two other children effectively costing nothing. If all three of the allocated children are receiving PPG support, the charity contribution uses just 9% of the total PPG income, leaving schools with over 90% to use in other ways.
ABC to Read have recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work they do with volunteers. The charity was assessed against a range of best practice standards and proved to excel in all aspects of working with its volunteers. Like many grassroots charities, it has limited resources with only a handful of part-time paid staff. The only reason it can support the children in Berkshire struggling most with their reading is thanks to its 120 strong band of volunteers who train to become mentors.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “School funding cuts are a huge concern for the schools we work with. It is a testament to our volunteer mentors that the schools we work with affirm their impact to be worth the contribution and we will continue to ensure that our incredible team of highly trained volunteers make this provision invaluable to local schools and the youngsters who benefit.”
There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in ABC to Read volunteer training as well as for new schools to join. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school or volunteer mentor, contact:
Illustrated talk on British Spiders 
with Safely Contained Live Specimens

N.B. To avoid Easter we shall be meeting on the second Monday of the month this time.
Dangerous New Teen Craze
Self Harming 'Blue Whale' Game

There have been a number of recent incidents nationwide regarding children / young adults committing self harm.
What started off inn Russia has spread to Europe, including the United Kingdom.
They access the BLUE WHALE challenge website. The game starts moderately innocently but then dramatically increases in risk. Some have resulted in serious self harming.
The game also encourages them to commit suicide and their have been reported deaths throughout the world.
Some of the participants have tattoos showing a whale on their arm/s.
Known incidents have occurred in Harrow, Thames Valley, Sussex and Manchester. 
Click on the links below for more information.
Alzheimer's Society Activities & Services
April - August 2017


Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap is a local charity working with people with a
learning disability and those with an autism spectrum condition, their carers and families.


Average 10-12 hours per week - £11 per hour
The Gateway Award Project is a life-skills programme (similar to the Duke of Edinburgh
Award) working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. The project takes
place at workshops on Monday and Thursday evenings in Bracknell and at other venues
as required. We have a vacancy for a Co-ordinator to supervise staff and volunteers and
promote and facilitate the Mencap Gateway Award including supporting adults to enrol on
the Award and verify evidence collected by individuals to send for external verification. To
lead in providing activities at the workshops and organising trips off-site to meet the
requirements of the Gateway Award. To attend training, meetings, outings and special
activities as required.
Closing date for applications for this vacancy is Thursday 13th April 2017 at 12 noon

20 hours per week - £18,200 pro rata (based on 35 hr wk)
To provide administrative support to enable the day to day functioning of the
Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap office and to assist on other projects as required

6 hours per week - £21,840 pro rata (based on 35 hr wk)
To maintain the accounts on Sage and be responsible for the financial accounts of
Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap and its projects.

Closing date for applications for these two vacancies is Tuesday 18th April at 12 noon.
Interviews will be held week beginning Monday 24th April 2017


We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated people to join our team. Experience of
working in similar positions is desirable, but training will be given for
the successful applicant.

For further details, application form and job specification please contact us on
0300 7778539 or email
References and an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will be
carried out on the successful candidates.
Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap
Suite 2, Oakmede Place, Terrace Road South, Binfield, RG42 4JF

Workplace news
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 Managing absence - advice and guidance. 
Signs of conflict in the workplace: conflict at work takes many forms. It may be that two workers simply don't get on; or that an individual has a grievance against their manager. Some signs of conflict may be more.
Managing conflict at work - advisory booklet.
Banning religious, political and philosophical symbols: a company rule prohibiting all employees from wearing any type of political, philosophical or religious symbols can potentially be more
Religion or belief - a guide for employers and employees.
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