involve Community Services E Bulletin
February 2017 issue 83
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  • involve News & Updates - Welcome, Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2017
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Consultation on Draft Equality Scheme 2017-20
  • Dementia Action Alliance - Bracknell Forest Film Society Dementia-Friendly Screenings
  • Healthwatch - Have a GP appointment that you can't make?
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Community Support Service
  • Bracknell Forest Natural History Society - Adventure in Wildlife Film Making
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Heathrow Expansion Consultation
  • Home Office - Modern Slavery: Duty to Notify
  • Bracknell & Ascot CCG - Your Health Matters
  • Thames Valley Police - Training Available
  • ACAS - Latest Workplace News & Trainiing Events
  • Sports in Mind - Football for Mental Wellbeing FREE
involve News & Updates

Hi everyone,
It’s back – the Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards 2017! Now in their 12th year, the highly-anticipated Awards are set to take place on Friday 21st April at Bracknell & Wokingham College, where attendees will be welcomed for a glittering black-tie evening of dining and entertainment to suit all generations. Former Welsh international footballer and BBC Radio Berkshire presenter, Ady Williams, and co-presenter Andrew Peach will be the evening’s hosts.
This year, ten Awards are up for grabs, including The John Nike award, encompassing the former Pride of Bracknell (children’s champion) and Pride of Bracknell (adults’ champion) awards

  • School of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Health and Sport (Young Person’s Achievement) and the Health and Sport (Adult Achievement)
  • Charity of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Team of the Year
More information is available here:

If you know of an outstanding adult, child, sports person, business, volunteer or charity – then nominate them now! Entries can be emailed into
Email entries should include:
  • Your name
  • Your contact number
  • The name of your nominee 
  • Your nominee's contact details and address
  • And a brief description of why your nominee should be awarded

Postal entries should be addressed to Pride of Bracknell Forest, Bowman House, 2-10 Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.  The closing date for nominations is Wednesday, March 22nd. Get involved now: Email your entry to
We also have our own event coming up: Protect Children/ Protect yourself/ Protect Your Organisation. Following recent information and incidents that have come to light regarding child abuse within Football Clubs, in partnership with the local Children’s Safeguarding Board and the NSPCC, involve is holding a free event for all local community groups and organisations that work with/ support children in some capacity.
Unfortunately the cases involving football clubs is just the latest to hit the media. This event will briefly look at some recent cases and will then focus on Prevention - how you can keep children, yourself and your organisation safe. You will have the opportunity to hear about tools, resources, information locally and nationally you can access. You will also have the opportunity to think about you and your organisations role in safeguarding children and families.
The event includes:
The NSPCC - what they are doing, what tools and resources they have available.
Donald Findlater - looking at 'understanding child sexual abuse' so that we all know how we can protect children.
Jonathan Picken - Business Manager for the Local Children Safeguarding Board – how to stay safe as an organisation.
This event is taking place at: The Easthampstead Baptist Church
When: Tuesday 28th February 2017 – 9.30am – 11.45am
This event is a must for Safeguarding leads, leaders or managers of organisations/ services and individuals working or volunteering with children. Book your place now here:
Thanks everyone, speak soon,
Tel: 01344 304404,

Involve Community Services in Partnership with Bracknell Forest Council is organising a Cultural Festival on 11th March 2017, 10.00am to 2.00pm at Bracknell & Wokingham CollegeFree entrance for all the community to enjoy and celebrate the diversity in Bracknell Forest, with music, food, arts and crafts, children face painting, bouncy castle, Fire Service, Police and much more.

So please come along and enjoy a free cuppa and browse round our wonderful, creative stalls.For more information, please contact Diane 01344 383513, email:

Bracknell Forest Council Consultation on Draft Equality Scheme 2017-20

Bracknell Forest’s vision for equality and diversity is to represent, serve and employ people as equals, valuing the diversity of their contributions and aspirations, no matter who they are or what their circumstances. We believe that tackling inequalities provides a strong foundation for cohesive and confident communities.

We have produced an updated Equality Scheme for 2017-20 which replaces our ‘All of Us’ Equality Scheme 2012-16 (extended for 2016-17 due to the development of the new Council Plan 2015-2019 .)   We are very keen to hear your thoughts on these objectives and any equality issues and actions you feel need addressing.
We regularly review the changing needs of our communities to ensure we provide fair and appropriate access to services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of our residents and diverse communities. The new scheme responds to the changing needs of people in Bracknell Forest and ensures we are getting our priorities right.
We are proud of the progress and service improvements we have made as a result of the delivery of our previous equality schemes. We look forward to continuing our journey of improvement in reducing inequalities and maintaining high levels of cohesion through the implementation of this scheme.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey which is open until 16th March.
If you have any queries about the survey or the Equality scheme or require the consultation documents in a different format please contact
Bracknell Forest Film Society
is about to start a year long programme of Dementia Friendly Film Screenings. They are due to start on March 13th 2017 with a screening of Blue Hawaii

Dementia Action Alliance Bracknell Forest
Church Hill House, 51-52 Turing Drive, Bracknell, RG12 7FR

Have a GP appointment that you can’t make, or don’t need? Please cancel it!

Everyone forgets things on occasion, but missed GP appointments that are not cancelled do have an impact on GP practices. Feedback from just one local GP surgery showed that 19 people did not attend or cancel their appointment at this one practice alone on a single day in December, adding to 32 hours of missed appointments in the month. Those appointments could have been used by other patients and cut down the time that people wait for an appointment as 32 hours of appointments is around a whole week of a GPs time.

If you do have a GP appointment that you don’t need, please try to cancel it as early as possible

Bracknell Forest Council's Adult Social Care, Health & Housing is looking to procure an outcome-based, flexible and sustainable Community Support Service: (previously known as Domiciliary Care or Home Care service)

- Supports people to regain or attain independence to an optimum level.
- Maximises and maintains people to live independently for as long as possible.
- Provides value for money and addresses the containment of costs. 

This drive to maximising independence for the people supported will require a significant cultural change both within the council, the individual and the provider market. In particular we are looking for Providers to partner with the voluntary and community sector creatively and flexibly to meet the needs of people. 

It is anticipated that through this approach, the level of care provision will reduce over the life of the contract. In so doing the department is seeking to commission a community based support service for adults who reside in Bracknell Forest through the procurement of a framework contract with 5-9 organisations.
More information is available here:
Bracknell Forest Natural History Society - Adventures in Wildlife Film Making

Heathrow Expansion Consultation
Please follow link here -
There is an open meeting being held in Bracknell at Carnation Hall in Winkfield - please see the details here -

Modern slavery: duty to notify
From 1 November 2015, specified public authorities have a duty to notify the Home Office of any individual who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking.  Organisations not covered by the Duty are encouraged to put forward notifications where they encounter a potential victim of modern slavery.
The following link contains posters and factsheet that explain the meaning of 'duty to notify' and outline:
•how to notify the government if you think someone has been a victim of modern slavery
•the process for victims under 18
•which forms you need to fill in
•what to do if the victim wants to remain anonymous

Further information can be found at

Training for professionals responding to persons with learning disabilities who experience Domestic and Sexual Abuse

PRE-REQUISITE Delegates should have a sound understanding of domestic abuse and sexual abuse issues prior to undertaking training. For example: Introduction to Domestic Abuse and/or other Safeguarding training

Half Day Workshops (please note refreshments not provided)
Tuesday 28th & Thursday 30th March 20171.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: delegates receive a copy of each of these books
Maidenhead Town Hall, St Ives Rd, Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Specialist Trainers:
Dr Roger Banks (MB ChB FRCPsych FRCGP(hon) FIPD Consultant Psychiatrist
Stanislaw Smagala (MA) Cross Sectoral and Community Arts Training Manager
You Will Learn:

  • A little of our history and underlying model
  • How our books can enable and support sensitive conversations
  • Techniques based on therapeutic approaches for non-therapists
  • Awareness of the therapeutic alliance as a positive model of interaction for non-therapists
  • Adaptation and flexibility of the supportive approach
  • Concepts of ‘total communication’

Booking: Sophie Wing-King Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator 07977 209879

Introduction to Domestic Abuse training
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. 

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
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Wednesday 20th September 2017
Wednesday 20th December 2017
Tuesday 6th March 2018
Bracknell Forest Council,
Easthampstead House,
Town Square,
RG12 1AQ                              
Please use town centre car parks for parking
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.
MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) and DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Violence) Risk Identification Checklist training
This one day multi-agency course is intended to increase the confidence and skills of frontline practitioners and staff in responding to victims of domestic abuse. Delegates will gain an understanding of high risk factors for serious harm and homicide, how to use the DASH risk identification checklist and how to make appropriate referrals into, and engage effectively with the MARAC.
Target audience Aimed at professionals working across Bracknell Forest in either voluntary or statutory services who come into contact with victims of domestic abuse, or members of the general public whereby disclosure of domestic abuse may take place.
You should have a sound understanding of domestic abuse issues, prior to undertaking this course.  Introduction to Domestic Abuse and/or other Safeguarding training are suitable options.
Time 10:00am – 4:30pm (full day)    Please note that lunch is NOT provided
Please note these dates are only for Bracknell Forest based practitioners
Tuesday 9th May 2017
Wednesday 16th August 2017
Thursday 16th November 2017
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Bracknell Forest Council,
Easthampstead House,
Town Square,
RG12 1AQ                                           
Please use town centre car parks for parking
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.

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