involve Community Services E Bulletin
March 2017 issue 86
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  • involve News & Updates - Welcome to the latest e-bulletin
  • Co-op Local Community Fund - your last chance to support our befriending scheme through Co-op
  • ABC to Read Legacies - how their work has helped people's lives
  • Young Carers & Looked After Children Support - New Drop in Centres opening soon
  • The Transform Foundation - £18,000 Website Grant for Charities
  • Ministry of Defence Covenant Grant Fund - grants of up to £20K to support the armed forces community
  • Wokingham, Bracknell & District Mencap Fundraising  - Alice Tomlin ran Reading Half Marathon for Mencap
  • Healthmakers - Free 6 week Self Management Course for people living locally
  • NRAS Job Opportunity - Policy & Public Affairs Manger Needed
  • ACAS South East - Latest Workplace News
  • Helping Victims of Hate Crimes - New mobile app developed to spread awareness
  • Sandy Adirondack - Training and Consultancy on Governance and Law for Voluntary Sector
involve News & Updates

Hi everyone,
Welcome to the latest edition of the e-bulletin. Did you know today is the International day for Achievers? Well, in recognition of this why not vote for someone in this years Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards, now with its own sparkly new website! A great opportunity to recognise an achieving person, child, charity, team, volunteer or business. Entries are still open and you have to be in to win it as they say so follow the above link and nominate someone who deserves to recognised as a stand out individual. Runners up and winners will be invited to a glamorous evening at the Bracknell and Wokingham College and will be treated to entertainment, a three course meal, drinks and the awards presentations.
Today apparently is also National Chocolate Covered Raisins day and National Cocktail day – I’ll leave you all to decide how best to celebrate these in your own way!
Big thanks to all those that joined us for this years Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival. On Saturday 11th March involve and Bracknell Forest Council held this event for the second year running and over 500 people attended and enjoyed learning about different cultures that are all present locally, enjoying music, art, dance and a lot of delicious food from across the globe. Bracknell Forest is an incredibly diverse place to live and work and this event celebrated that diversity and also showed how we all get on and can live side by side with harmony and respect.
Enjoy this latest update from the local communities across the area.

Phil, General Manager
Tel: 01344 304404

It's your last chance to help our befriending scheme
through Co-op's Local Community Fund!

The Co-operative's Membership scheme allows people who have registered to choose where there money goes. When someone buys a Co-op's selected products and services Co-op Group businesses, it puts 5% of what they spend into their Co-op Membership account. 1% of everything spent on selected services and products go towards helping your local community. It's Co-op's way of giving back to their millions of members and their communities - providing funding to local causes that members care about.

Visit the Co-op website membership page to sign up and support us & to find out more:
ABC To Read Legacies

Paying tribute to the life of a loved one by making a donation in their memory is a
positive way to help make their memory last and to support our work. 
The popularity of donations has been steadily on the rise since the start of the century. In 1927 only 6% of obituaries included a request for donations, today this figure is likely nearer the 90% mark. So to help us with our own fundraising we have put together a leaflet aimed at legacy and memorial giving. Please see our new leaflet at:  

To illustrate the way that our work changes children's lives, we have recently produced 'John and Margaret's story'. This booklet shows how children might be feeling before they get support from one of our volunteers and the difference that we make by working with them. Please share this story with others to spread the word on what we do and how we change children's lives:
New Drop in Centre for Young Children
and Looked After Children 
Advice, Guidance & Information

This centre is for children from ages 11 and up and begins Tuesday 25th April at Coopers Hill Centre and Thursday 27th April at The Spot. Visit for more information.

The Transform Foundation £18,000 Website Grants For Charities

The Transform Foundation is delighted to invite you to apply for its Charity Website Grant Programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their website in order to increase their ability to raise funds, more effectively serve beneficiaries and raise broader awareness of their cause.

If you are a charity interested in receiving funding to redevelop your website then click here to be taken to the Transform Foundation website for more information on the grant programme and how you can apply.

The Transform Foundation is a charity that provides grants and other resources to the charity sector to fund innovative digital projects.  The Charity Website Grant Programme is one of many programmes they are running this year.  Other projects include their Facebook Advertising Grant, which is providing £5k grants to charities to fund Facebook Advertising campaigns and their Digital Skills Timebank which is co-ordinating corporate volunteer time and matching it to digital projects for charities. 

They are also running a programme of educational events and white papers to share digital best practice in the charity sector. These programmes form part of their wider efforts to support the charity sector in effectively making the transition from traditional forms of fundraising and service delivery towards more digitally focused models. 

The 2017 Website Grant funding round follows the successful pilot funding round in 2016 which funded the development of websites that have already gone on to raise over £1.3m online for the successful applicants.
The grant is principally aimed at charities with annual incomes between £350k and £30m, although smaller charities with ambitious plans for digital can also apply.  Larger charities will also be considered for specific project or fundraising sites.
Any type of non-profit organisation may apply, with successful applicants in the past including causes as diverse as community development, disability, education, theatre, mental health, hospices, national heritage, volunteering, family, children & youth, addiction, homelessness, international aid, and arts.
To apply for the grant or find out more details on it, visit the Website Grant Programme section of the Transform Foundation website.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Covenant Grant Fund

Applications are now open for grants of up to £20,000 to support the armed forces community.

The purpose of the Community Covenant Grant Scheme is to deliver financial support to projects at a local level which strengthen the ties and integrate members of the armed forces and the wider community in Bracknell Forest. The MOD will fund projects that improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant, and deliver valuable local services to the armed forces community. 

The application process for small grants (for local projects up to £20,000) is now open. You can read guidance for local covenant grants on GOV.UK:

You will need to demonstrate that the project meets the specific requirements of your chosen priority as well as evidence of real engagement and partnership working. You should also show how the project will create or boost existing interaction between the local and service community in Bracknell Forest.  

You can find more details and apply online through GOV.UK.  If you have an idea for a project and would like to discuss further, please email Bracknell Forest Council's Community Engagement Team - 

Useful links:

Fundraising for Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap

Alice Tomlin ran the Reading half-marathon on Sunday 19th March and has kindly offered to raise funds for Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap. 
To support Alice and Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap go to
where you can make a donation.

HealthMakers is for people in Bracknell, Ascot and surrounding areas living with a long term condition. Any long term condition! From Diabetes to Arthritis, from High Blood Pressure to Anxiety & Depression, Healthmakers helps to improve self-management skills and avoid a crisis resulting in needing medical attention.
HealthMakers is essentially a peer support group, guided by two trained and qualified facilitators. One who has been through the course and recognised it’s benefit, and a clinician from the Trust. They follow a framework of topics over the 6 weeks (one class per week), to guide the conversation and reach an end goal. end goal. It does not advise on prescriptions, therapies or alternatives to your GP's advice.
The new course dates are below and registration is open!
June PM, 1pm – 4pm, every Wednesday from 07/06/2017 - 12/07/2017
June Eve, 6pm – 9pm, every Thursday from 08/06/2017 - 17/07/2017
September AM, 10am – 1pm, every Friday from 15/09/2017 - 20/10/2017
October PM, 1pm – 4pm, every Thursday from 05/10/2017 - 09/11/2017
November PM, 1pm – 4pm, every Tuesday from 07/11/2017 - 12/12/2017

More information can be found at
or you can send an email to

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)
 recruiting for a
Policy & Public Affairs Manager
in Maidenhead

NRAS are looking to recruit someone to lead in the development and delivery of the charity’s government affairs programme – influencing and monitoring health policies across the UK.

Please apply by emailing your CV and covering letter to by March 30th.
For full job description visit

Latest Workplace News

How to deal with toxic employees: A ‘toxic employee’ - someone who behaves in ways that are harmful to a company’s reputation, outcomes, and/or working environment - can be extremely costly. What can be done?... read more.

Challenging conversations & how to manage them - free guide. 

Can bosses force employees to work overtime? Employers frequently ask employees to sign up to a waiver of the 48 hour maximum working week. But when are employees legally obliged to put in extra hours? more.

Working hours - advice and guidance.

Candidate interview highlights dress-code sexism: News that a female candidate got sent home from an interview, for not dressing conservatively enough, has re-ignited debates surrounding sexist dress more.

Dress codes - advice and guidance.

Training Events               View all events across the South East 

Getting in touch
Need advice? A free advisory visit? Workplace training? Contact us here.         
Helping Victims of Hate Crime App & Game

Following the success of our book “Helping Victims of Hate Crime”, and the many thousands of victims and potential victims it has helped in most police areas including London, Manchester, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is now time to reach out to the younger generation whose preferred mode of communication is their smart phones.
In this age of smart phones, social media and online messaging, the Hate Crime App would reach that important young section of society who may have missed out on the book.  To help do this, we have now added a Hate Crime Game to the App which teaches the younger generation about Hate Crime and the criminal justice process through play.
The App would be produced for you and localised for your area.  It will have your logo on the first page as the sponsor of the App. Reporting Hate Crime in your area, will then be only a click away. The App has already been produced for a few police forces and it has been a success with impressive downloads recorded.
It will be produced for iPhone ios and Android smart phones, and will be uploaded on iTunes and Google to be downloaded free of charge by individuals in your area.
We can also produce the book or promotional cards with QRs of the Apps so people can scan on their smart phones and be directed to where they can download the Apps.

If you wish to discuss the project further, or would like to find out the cost for this most popular 21st century communication medium, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing: or calling us on 023 9282 1416.

PAYE & statutory payments added or updated on the legal update website for voluntary organisations
at :

Tax allowances & national insurance thresholds for 2017-18
Changes from 6 April.

Scottish rate of income tax
Proposed Scottish income tax rates, personal allowance and threshold for additional (45%) rate for 2017-18 will be the same as for the rest of the UK, but the threshold for higher (40%) rate is different.

Changes to salary sacrifice arrangements
From 6 April some benefits in kind received under salary sacrifice and similar arrangements become subject to tax and class 1A national insurance contributions, or in some cases tax and class 1 NICs.

Statutory sick pay
From 6 April weekly earnings threshold goes up from £112 to £113, and weekly statutory sick pay goes up from £88.45 to £89.35.

Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay
From 6 April weekly earnings threshold goes up from £112 to £113, and weekly flat rate goes up from £139.58 to £140.98.


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