involve Community Services E Bulletin
March 2017 issue 85
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In this E Bulletin           
  • involve News & Updates - Welcome to the latest e-bulletin
  • Bracknell Forest Council, Bracknell Forest Partnership - Introduction to Domestic Abuse
  • Thames Valley Initiative, NHS Foundation Trust - Managing Difficult Interactions
  • Age Concern Bracknell Forest - Looking to Appoint Apprentice Care Worker
  • Surrey Heath Veterans & Families - Bridging the Gap 2017
  • Bracknell Forest Natural History Society - What bird was that?
  • Citizens Advice Bracknell & District - Open Day Event
  • Bracknell & Ascot CCG - Your Health Matters
  • ACAS South East - Latest Workplace News
  • Brighter Berkshire - Community Showcase
involve News & Updates

Welcome to the latest e-bulletin
We are delighted to have recently received funds from Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to grow and extend out Befriending & Community Choices scheme. BCF are providing funding for 1 year for us to focus on the Community Choices scheme. The Befriending scheme goes from strength to strength, we are delighted to have over 100 volunteers giving up their time to visit isolated people within  our communities. Some of those referred to the Befriending scheme though just need/want support and guidance to get more involved in their local communities – this is Community Choices! A new member of the involve team, Angie Cowan, will be leading on this project and you can look out for updates and developments of the project over the coming months!
Tomorrow, Saturday 11th March, we are holding the 2nd Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival: a coming together of lots of different people and communities from across Bracknell Forest – there will be food, art, music and dance AND a fire engine and bouncy castle!! This is a free event for all to come and join in with. Come along, bring friends, family and neighbours! Last year we had over 300 people join us, it would be great to see more this year. It starts at 10am – 2pm, and is at the Bracknell & Wokingham College in the town centre.
Bracknell Forest Council have produced an updated Equality Scheme for 2017-20 which replaces the ‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme 2012-16 (extended for 2016-17 due to the development of the new Council Plan 2015-2019.)   They are very keen for charities, groups and local residents of Bracknell Forest to share your thoughts on these objectives and any equality issues and actions you feel need addressing. Please click on the link below to complete the survey which is open until 16th March.
Lastly – The Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards 2017 are looking for nominations. This year’s awards promise to bigger than ever and they recognise great business’, volunteers, charities and people within our community. You know who goes over and above their call of duty, we all know of charities and business’ that stand out. So why not nominate them for an award. The 10 categories are here and you can nominate here also:

Phil, General Manager
volve Community Services, Tel: 01344 304404


Introduction to Domestic Abuse
This one day multi-agency course is intended to give participants an understanding
of the issues associated with domestic abuse by increasing knowledge and
understanding of the issue and enabling participants to respond supportively
to victims of domestic abuse. 
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • Define, name and talk about the various forms of domestic abuse
  • Identify additional issues faced by marginalised groups suffering domestic abuse
  • Discuss the extent and severity of domestic abuse both locally and nationally
  • Describe the impact and effects of living with domestic abuse
  • Identify and recognise possible indicators of domestic abuse
  • Explore and discuss the difficulties when considering leaving an abusive relationship
  • Examine and discuss motivations for abusers behaviour
  • Understand the principles which underpin supporting a domestic abuse disclosure in
    an appropriate way
  • Identify local policy, procedures and help available for victims of domestic abuse
  • Understand how this learning may impact on your own work situation  
Target audience All those in working in within Bracknell Forest and who have day to day contact with members of the general public. The training is suitable for those working with both with adults and children at all levels.
Time 9:30am – 4:30pm (full day) Please note that lunch is NOT provided
Please note these dates are only for Bracknell Forest based practitioners
Thursday 16 March 2017
Bracknell Forest Homes
Berkshire Court
Western Road
RG12 1RE
Enquiries and applications Learning and Development
01344 352911/352211
Cost FREE - There is no charge for attendance, however please note that all non attendees will be charged £75 unless prior notification of non attendance is given.
TVI are pleased to be able to offer another training day for admin/reception staff, Managing Difficult Interactions

This popular training will take place on Thurs 27th April 17, at Rose Green Community Centre, Oxford.  Please book asap, places are limited to 20.
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
c/o Manzil Way Oxford OX4 1XE
See us at

Age Concern Bracknell Forest are looking to appoint an apprentice care worker for their day centre. Applicants need to be a minimum of 16 and able to start work in April 2017.

If you are interested in visiting the Day Centre for an informal chat to find out more please ring Jane Parker the Day Centre Manager on 01344 422048.

Our Spring newsletter is now available and includes details of our coach trip to Kingsley Country Market on 25th April.
Bridging The Gap 2017
We would  like  to  take  this  opportunity,  to  invite  you  and  your  colleagues  to  attend  our  Bridging  the Gap Event.  On Tuesday 4th April, 10:30am - 3:00pm at  Farnham  Sea  Cadets. Lower  Weybourne Lane, Badshot Lea, GU9  9LG.  Plenty of complimentary parking available, as well as light  refreshments.

The  event  is  aimed  at  bridging  the  gap  in  highlighting  the  support  network  available  to  veterans  &  families  from  our  Armed  Forces.  The  organisations,  charities  and  third  sector  groups  that  can  be  of  assistance  to  NHS,  Local  Authorities,  Housing,  Employment  as  well  as  other  local,  regional,  national  charities,  and  support  groups.

"Bridging  The  Gap  2017"  has  a  variety  of  organisations,  charities  as  well  as  support  groups  attending,  throughout  the  event  there  will  be  opportunities  for  some  stakeholders  to  give  a  presentation  on  their  organisation,  charity,  and  third  sector  group. We will be sharing information about local services and new developments, as well as providing opportunities for collaborative networking.  
Surrey Heath Veterans & Families - Listening Project
Making Today, a Brighter Tomorrow
Deborah Sellstrom

Citizens Advice Bracknell & District Open Day Event

Anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering for us.
When?    Wednesday 29th March 2017, from 2pm to 4pm.
Where?  Citizens Advice Bracknell and District,
                Lower Ground Floor, The Columbia Centre,
                Market Street,
                RG12 1JG
Why?     An opportunity to discover what we do and help you to decide whether
               you would like to apply to join us.
How?     Please book a place by email:
              (If you don’t have email then please phone 01344 428107).
Citizens Advice Bracknell is holding an open day event on Wednesday March 29th, from 2pm to 4pm, for prospective volunteers to come along and find out about opportunities to volunteer with us. It will be an information only event, so you won't be put under any pressure to apply, if you don't want to. We are particularly looking for volunteers to train as Advisers and Assessors, and also to join our Reception team.  You don't need any previous experience, as all training will be provided. We are looking for volunteers who have a desire to help the people of Bracknell and the surrounding area.  If you think you might be interested, please contact us to book a place on our open day event. We hope that after attending the event you will decide to apply to join our team of volunteers.
Health Education Meeting - Magnolia House Forum

Latest Workplace News
Can employers stop staff drinking during working hours: employees at Lloyd’s of London have been banned from drinking alcohol during the working day. But how far can an employer police what workers do when they are outside more.
Alcohol and drugs policies - advice and guidance.
What qualifies as disability? New research indicates that 21% try to hide their disability from their employers. So what qualifies as a disability? And what legal protection do people have under the Equality more.
Disability discrimination - advice and guidance.
Employment law changes - are you ready? From gender pay gap reporting to the apprenticeship levy, national minimum and living wage rate changes and updated employment tribunal compensation limits, April 2017 will see a more.
Employment law update - training events.
Training Events               View all events across the South East 

Getting in touch
Need advice? A free advisory visit? Workplace training? Contact us here.         
29 March 2017, 12 noon to 3pm


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