involve Community Services E Bulletin
January 2017 issue 82
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In this E Bulletin           
  • involve News & Updates - Welcome, Training, Befriending Activity Cafe
  • PACT - Bounce Back 4 Kids
  • Thames Valley Police - Appeals
  • Bracknell Forest Council - School Governor
  • ACAS - Latest Workplace News
  • Bracknell Forest Society - AGM and Talk
  • Check Mates - FREE Chess Course
involve News & Updates

Here we are at the end of January already. Busy time of year for many leading up to the end of the financial year in March, updating business plans and completing budgets and forecasts for the year ahead. In some ways it is a great time to reflect and consider the previous year and think about how things will work out in the year ahead. One thing is certain, we are in an extreme time of change and the pressure is going to remain on charities and community groups for some time.
volve holds a seat on many partnership boards to advocate for the sector and as a result of one of these boards the following events are coming up:

  1. Involve are working closely with Bracknell Forest Council and are holding a couple of workshops so that we can bring volunteers together and find out why you volunteer to help out and how you think we could encourage more volunteering? We would also like your thoughts on how you feel about the role of the ‘active citizen’ and what this could mean in Bracknell Forest?
            If you are a volunteer locally and are interested in the above then the workshops are                 taking place on,
            Monday 6th February, 2pm - 4pm, at Coopers Hill Y&C Centre and
            Monday 6th February, 7pm -9pm, at Coopers Hill Y&C Centre.
            Please respond to Lesley Doyle at and let her
            know which session you would like to attend.
  1. As part of the Council's Transformation Programme, the Council are committed to engaging widely with our partners and communities to explore different options for delivering services and to make the difficult decisions needed. Part of this work, under the Citizen & Customer Contact Review, includes looking at how the Council works with volunteers and the Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) and how they could expand on this work. We would like to invite managers and trustees of the local Voluntary and Community Sector to attend a workshop on Tuesday 7th February, 2.00pm - 4.30pm at Coopers Hill Y&C Centre. You will have an opportunity to have your say about the existing relationships, how these could be improved and expanded on and what you feel your role is in promoting active citizenship and engaging communities.
    Please could you confirm your attendance by contacting involve via reception:  

We look forward to welcoming those that can make it on the above dates.
On an additional note, as many of you will be aware, in
volve now resides in the old Magistrates Court in Bracknell Town Centre, if any of you want to come and see us in our new space then just drop us a line!
Enjoy the rest of the e-bulletin and hope to see you all soon,
Phil, General Manager
involve Community Services
Tel: 01344 304404

involve Bracknell Training
Charity Budgeting
1st February 9am12:30pm £25
This course is for anyone running a charity in a managerial role or working in finance.

Trustee Roles & Responsibilities
8th February 6pm9pm £25
This is for current Trustees and those wishing to become Trustees to learn what is involved in this role.

Managing Conflict
22nd February & 18th May 9am3:30pm £55
This course is aimed at Management level staff and will enable you to:
- Identify 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

Data Protection & Confidentiality
28th February 9am-12:30pm £20
This course is for those who want to learn the importance of data protection and confidentiality in the workplace. Data protection is relevant to and the responsibility of everyone in an organisation.  

To book and for more information please contact Rita Woolford, Training Coordinator
 or telephone 01344 383523

Please come along to our new Befriending Activity Café 
We welcome all elderly Bracknell residents who would like to meet new people once a week and try different activites


Dear all,
Despite our best efforts, we are not in a position to run PICADA in Bracknell at the moment.

PACT (Parents And Children Together) run a very similar group called Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K).  They have funding to be able to run a group in Bracknell from April 2017.
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
A referral form is available here which once completed can be sent directly to BB4K - contact details of where to send/who to speak to for more information is listed on the end of the referral form.  Deadline for referrals is 01/02/2017.
Generally for more information on the group, you can look at the PACT website: (please look at the different subheadings on the left hand side of the webpage)
Please also note, that the SAFE! Project are operating in Bracknell Forest and can offer 1:1 work with victims of crime age 8-25 years old, including those who have witnessed domestic  abuse.  For more information, or to make a referral, please visit their website

Many thanks 
Sophie Wing-King (C2111)
Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator (Bracknell Forest & RBWM)
07977 209879

Police Appeals

Appeal for witnesses following GBH, criminal damage and railway trespassing - Bracknell Wednesday 25 January 2017, 2:35pm
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a series of offences which occurred in Bracknell.
The incidents began in Chadwick Mews at about 6.20pm Tuesday (24/1) 
A man caused damage to two front doors, and then flagged down a passing van in Arncliffe.  When the driver, a 35-year-old man, stopped his vehicle, the offender seriously assaulted him before going on to another address and committing another criminal damage offence in Deepfield Road.  The driver sustained serious head injuries in the incident, as well as a shoulder injury.  He was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains in a stable condition.
Investigating officer Det Sgt Pauline Cameron of Maidenhead Force CID said: "We are conducting a thorough investigation into this series of incidents, and have made an arrest.
"If anyone witnessed any of these offences, or has any information which they think could be relevant to our investigation, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101."

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Bracknell Forest School Governor

Workplace news
The need to investigate absence: a tribunal has ruled that dismissing a ‘long-serving, vulnerable employee without proper medical advice and consideration was understandably distressing and more than trivial’ more.
Dealing with absence or lateness.
Unfair dismissal - an 'exceptional case': 'dismissed by What'sApp', 'no investigation', failure to follow 'a recognised disciplinary process' and an appeals process that 'appears to have been a sham'. While the judge's more.
Discipline at work - the Acas guide.
Bosses' bizarre excuses for failure to pay minimum: 'she only makes the teas', 'wasn't a good worker', should 'prove their worth' and 'my accountant and I speak a different language'. The excuses, heard by HM more.
National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage.
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