involve Community Services E Bulletin
December 2016 issue 80 
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 In this E Bulletin           
  • involve News & Updates - Welcome, New Volunteer Passport Scheme
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Consultation on Library Service
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Foster Carers
  • PACT - Bounce Back 4 Kids
  • Thames Valley Initiative - Self-harm Training
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Community Learning
  • ACAS - Latest Workplace News
  • Quality Point - Year of Mental Health
involve News & Updates

Good afternoon everyone,
Welcome to the latest edition of our e-bulletin. A bit lighter this week as we are fast approaching Christmas! 
I want to start by reminding all that we are holding our Christmas get together on the 20th December. We held this event last year and welcomed over 60 people from local charities and business’ to join us for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. This year we are delighted to be hosted by the Capitol Building ( and once again will be offering seasonal refreshments. Why not come along and join us on the 20th. Timings are from 5pm – 7pm, you can let us know you are coming by booking your place now on Eventbrite:
involve Christmas get together or emailing: or calling 01344 304404.  Come along, meet my team and join other members of our network too for a Christmas drink!
On a totally different note, I want to bring to the attention of all readers the STP – what is the STP? The Sustainability and Transformation Plan: ‘Health and social care is about to get better for the 750,000 residents of North East Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey Heath and East Berkshire.’ This is based on the footprint covered by Frimley Park and the plan aims to focus on the following priorities:

  • Developing communities and social networks so that people have the skills, support and confidence to look after themselves.
  • Focusing on NHS staffing to ensure the workforce is ready to meet the demands of our communities.
  • Delivering consistent care for all aspects of a person’s life.
  • Using technology to help improve outcomes and increase efficiency.

More information on the STP is available here: there is also a nice summary of the Frimley Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan here. If you want to know about this and how it may affect you/ your organisation, contact details are available within the above links.
That is all for now. On behalf of involve, its staff, volunteers and trustees, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  Please note that involve’s offices close between Christmas and New Year.
Phil, General Manager
Tel: 01344 304404

Introducing the Bracknell Forest Volunteer Passport Scheme: Investing in Volunteers!
involve Community Services are pleased to introduce The Volunteer Passport Scheme, a free-to-join, innovative and unique project which has been set up to link up volunteers and partner agencies across Bracknell Forest, reducing duplication of training, skilling up volunteers and establishing a volunteering standard across the borough – a really positive step towards creating more resilient communities.
The Scheme will:
Hold a database of volunteers and their record of training
Provide a link between volunteers and member organisations
Enable member organisations to share training across the borough
Promote volunteering and training
Signpost volunteers to relevant training
Ensure a standard of excellence in volunteering services in the local area.      

What are the benefits?
Skilled volunteer workforce     
Access to borough-wide recognised training
Level of quality around Volunteering     
Increased Volunteer Promotion
Cost savings for organisations        
Stronger Partnerships
Safer Communities      

Increased Self Reliance
If there are any charity/community groups who are interested in joining this great new scheme as Starter Partners, please call 01344 383526 or email

Bracknell Forest Council Consultation on Library Service
A review of the borough’s nine libraries and its home library service is taking place. The review will assess how effectively current services meet community needs taking into account the financial challenges the council faces.
Consultation on options - October to December 2016
A consultation on the options for the future of the library service is now running. It ends at 5pm on Friday 16 December. 
An online Survey can be found within the link attached.
Paper copies of the survey are also available in all Bracknell Forest Libraries and the Council’s Time Square and Easthampstead House reception areas.

Bracknell Forest Council Foster Carers

What is BB4K?
Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) is a support programme developed by PACT that uses therapeutic techniques to support children who have been victims or witnesses of domestic abuse. The programme works with the children and their parents or carers to come to terms with experiencing family breakdowns. The programme consists of children’s support groups run concurrently with parent support groups.

The BB4K programme has a number of key aims:

  • To help break the cycle of domestic abuse
  • To raise children’s self-esteem and to give them an opportunity to explore and express their feelings through fun, child-focussed activities, in a safe therapeutic way
  • To improve children’s school attendance and learning and development

If you have a child you would like to refer, it is important that they meet the following criteria:

  • Children have witnessed or been victims of domestic abuse and are displaying challenging / withdrawn behaviour
  • Children must be aged 8-10 years old
  • Children must be able to acknowledge the hurting that has happened in their family and be able to talk about it
  • Children must want to attend a BB4K programme, they cannot be forced to attend
  • Parents/carers must be willing to support the child throughout the BB4K programme
  • The perpetrator must have left the family home and be out of the relationship

For more information on the group, and for a referral form you can look at the PACT website: (please look at the different subheadings on the left hand side of the webpage)  Deadline for referrals is 01/02/2017.

Tvi are pleased to be offering a skills day on self harm on the 3rd February 2017.  The venue is Didcot Civic hall where there is free parking and Didcot Parkway station is only a short walk away.

Thames Valley Initiative
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
c/o Manzil Way Oxford OX4 1XE
See us at

Bracknell Forest Council Community Learning

Community Learning based at Bracknell Open Learning Centre are pleased to offer new, recognised qualifications in Retail, Hospitality and Customer Service starting in January 2017, to be completed by August 2017 in time for the new town centre upgrade!  These qualifications will provide opportunities for either updating skills and knowledge, or for progression onto further education in these areas.
You are invited to an informal session to meet the team, gain an understanding of what these qualifications offer and how they link to local employment opportunities.
Please join us for mince pies and drinks on Tuesday 13th December between 12 and 1pm here at Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Easthampstead, Bracknell RG12 7GR
RSVP: Please extend this information to colleagues who you think might benefit from attending this information session.
We look forward to seeing you then.
Community Learning
Learning & Achievement
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 354220

Workplace news

When employees pull a sickie: almost a third of employees admitted to pulling a sickie in the past twelve months. Whilst it can be really difficult for companies to crack down on people lying about being sick, one thing they can do more.
Managing absence - free acas e-learning.

Bring back Christmas traditions to the workplace: that's according to the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The EHRC chair said laws had been misinterpreted as employers became more.
Christmas and the workplace - advice.

Office irritations: almost a third of those surveyed said they had left a job because of an irritating colleague, 20% because of the workplace itself and 10% because of technology frustrations. Noisy or messy eaters, alongside more.
Employee turnover - advice.

Training events
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Getting in touch
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