involve Community Services E Bulletin
January 2017 issue 81
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In this E Bulletin           
  • involve News & Updates - Happy New Year, Befriending Christmas Party
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Cold Weather Plan
  • Bracknell Forest Natural History Society - In Search of the Jaguar in the Brazilian Pantanal
  • Bracknell & District CAB - Team Supervisor
  • Sandy Adirondack - Governance Resources
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Community Events Calendar
  • Bracknell Forest Local Safeguarding Children Board - Learning and Improvement
  • Pilgrim Hearts Trust - Winter Night Shelter
  • ACAS - Latest Workplace News
  • InstaGroup - Do you qualify
involve News & Updates

Happy new year everyone!

Welcome to 2017 and involves first e bulletin of the new year. From all at involve we hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year and have come back to work feeling good and ready to go!

We have already held a very successful Growth Club this year with over 30 people attending. Growth Clubs meet quarterly and help charities and community groups reflect on the past quarter and then plan ahead for the next quarter. We help you plan and set goals and then work out how to achieve, who needs to what and so on. If you and your organisation would like more info then just let us know!

There is going to be a lot happening these coming few months, look out and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

Enjoy the bulletin.



Befriending Christmas Party

Helping to beat isolation in Bracknell Forest. On 14th December the Befriending Scheme had their annual Christmas party held at St John The Baptist Church Crowthorne.
Over 60 elderly people attended, they were entertained by local handbell ringers Crowthorne Chimes and sat down to a delicious afternoon tea. Everyone received a Christmas present.


We would like to thank our sponsers again this year for their generosity
Waitrose Ltd
Boehringer Ingleheim
Easthampstead Rotary Club
Redwood Technologies
Bracknell Forest Homes

Cold Weather Plan

Once again we are back at level 3 (take action) on the cold weather plan. A warning has been issued by the MetOffice. Please can you ensure that this message and attached Public Health messages are disseminated within your departments. Again we will be sharing information via our facebook page ( so please do share if you can.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
This alert is for all people in the area but will be particularly relevant to people who:
  • Have a long term health condition
  • Are over the age of 65
  • Have a disability
  • Are on a lower income
Forecast Issued on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 at 09:10 Cold Weather Alert Level 3 Cold Weather Action   

There is a 90 % probability of severe cold weather between 1500 on Wednesday 11 Jan 2100 on Sunday 15 Jan in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan (plus any guidance I have sent to you previously) for appropriate preventive action.
An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region. Alerts are issued once a day by 0900 if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times. Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force.
These details will not be updated here unless the alert level also changes, the latest forecast details can be obtained at the following link:
Public Health Programme Officer
Public Health (Local Team)
Adult Social Care, Health and Housing
Bracknell Forest Council

Feel at Home with Your Finances Team Supervisor

£10,556 per annum actual
14.5 hours per week (fixed term to February 2018)
Closing date: Monday 6th February 2017 – midnight
We’re looking for a confident, forward-thinking and flexible Team Supervisor to provide support for the small Citizens Advice and wider ‘Feel at home with your finances’ (FAHWYF) team.
Feel at home with your finances is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, led by Shelter working in partnership with Bracknell & District Citizens Advice (Charity registration number: 1065672). Our work focuses specifically on social housing tenants, providing innovative financial capability training and support. Our purpose is to increase tenants’ confidence in managing their money, helping them to avoid unnecessary debt or risk of eviction.
In this pivotal role you'll help ensure the success of the project as you provide an invaluable contribution to the FAHWYF team, project partnership and service users, regularly making contact with partners and clients to champion the service. You'll be adept at meeting challenging targets and will be able to use your experience to suggest improvements to systems and drive project performance.
Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave (including 8 bank holidays - pro rata for part-time), the possibility of flexible working, membership of a defined contribution pension scheme (employer contribution 5% of gross salary) and significant opportunities for learning and development.
Your key responsibilities: 
  • Project coordination to ensure the team works well and is empowered to achieve its targets
  • Marketing and relationship building to work with the Project Manager and external partners to maximise the reach of and access to the FAHWYF service
  • Plan and support the financial capability activities, using data and feedback to inform this process
  • Manage, support and develop a small staff and volunteer team 
And what you’ll need: 
  • Experience of managing a complex project  including regular monitoring against objectives and working with project data to measure progress and inform planning
  • Experience of establishing and developing partnerships with external agencies and of joint working.
  • Experience of managing, supervising and motivating both paid and volunteer staff,
  • Ability to use IT applications to record statistics, produce documents and training materials and keep accurate project records.
  • Flexible approach and willingness to work as part of a team and to represent the service externally
  • An understanding of and commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service and its equal opportunities policies.
Experience of delivering and assessing training and use of car would be an advantage.
Interview date:  9th February 2017
For application forms please contact: Hayley Rowland at, Tel: 01344 428107
For informal discussion please contact: Tina Stevenson, CEO, Tel: 01344 418993

Citizens Advice values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

Governance resources
Added or updated on the legal update website for voluntary organisations

Reporting serious incidents – England and Wales
Charity Commission consultation on revised guidance for reporting serious incidents ends 12 January (very soon!).

Notifiable events – Scotland
New requirement since April 2016 for charities in Scotland to report "notifiable events" to OSCR. 

Governance codes
  • Consultation until 3 February on draft governance code for charities in England and Wales (also relevant to non-charities).
  • Complete revamp of Northern Ireland DIY committee website, which includes the NI good governance code and other governance resources.
  • New governance code for sports organisations – compliance to be obligatory from April 2017 for any sports organisation applying for government or National Lottery funding.
All at   

Other recent governance resources
  • Easy-read version of NCVO's Good trustee guide, to support people with a learning disability who are or might become charity trustees.
  • Updated guidance and good practice for trustees from OSCR for Scottish charities, plus an easy-read version.
  • Two reports from New Philanthropy Capital: Above and beyond in trusteeship and What makes a good charity?
  • Advising Communities continues some of the services of Community Matters.
Also all at, following on from the governance codes.

Community Events Calendar
"This is a reminder about the BF Community Events Calendar, which sits within the Bracknell Forest Local Directory. It lets groups promote and manage their upcoming events to the residents of Bracknell Forest for free and is self managed.
If you haven't already got an account, it's easy to create one by following this link You will then receive an email asking you to authenticate your account. You can now log in and have the option to “Create another service”, which is where you enter your event details. Once the event has been approved it will appear on the events calendar.
Step by step guidance is available on the site and as the account holder, you will be able to log in and make changes/add a new event at your convenience.
You can use the community events calendar for promoting one-off events and activities, (rather than regular activities). Examples of a one off event include:
•             a community fun day
•             a Christmas fayre
•             a fun run
•             a sponsored swim
•             an arts festival
Please contact if you would like any help."
Bracknell Forest Local Safeguarding Children Board

Berkshire LSCBs Child Protection Procedures are available on line

PILGRIM HEARTS TRUST: Winter Night Shelter for homeless opens in Bracknell

An increasing number of homeless in Bracknell need a hot evening meal, a warm bed, a safe place to sleep and breakfast in the morning.  The Bracknell Night Shelter, co-ordinated by the Bracknell based charity “Pilgrim Hearts Trust” is catering for up to 12 homeless and vulnerable adults every night this winter.

The shelter opened on 2nd December and will continue until the end of March; based in local churches around the town on a Rota basis.

“Homelessness has been increasing dramatically over the past five years in Bracknell” says Pilgrim Hearts Trust Director, Elaine Chalmers-Brown. “The official figures are not accurate because they only list the homeless which they council are legally obliged to help. We know, from our research and from talking to beneficiaries at our Drop-In centre, that there are many more homeless and vulnerable people in Bracknell than the official statistics suggest. This is why we are working in partnership with other local charities, statutory bodies, NHS Trusts, the Citizens Advice Bureau and local churches to help the homeless”.

So how will the homeless find a bed for the night when the Night Shelter closes at the end of March? Elaine Chalmers-Brown is keen to emphasise that homelessness can happen to anyone and at any time of the year. “Most of us are only three pay packets away from losing our homes”, she says. So the work of Pilgrim Hearts Trust will continue throughout 2017 by providing advice encouragement and assistance at the charities’ Drop-In Centre at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Priestwood. Elaine and her team of trained volunteers offer training and encouragement so that the homeless can find work and an income. They gain a way out of their poverty.

If you would like to help or join the Pilgrim Hearts Trust volunteers contact  Elaine Chalmers-Brown 01344 307030.

Workplace news
The 10 most important employment law cases of 2016:  misconduct dismissals for “pulling a sickie”, the need for employers to ensure they take active steps to provide rest breaks, the first tribunal decision on shared parental leave, holiday pay and more.
Key workplace issues in 2017: Brexit, gender pay, gig working, industrial disputes & the Trade Union Act will be key workplace issues in 2017. Sir Brendan Barber, the chair of Britain's top employment relations service, predicts what lies in more.
Feeling cold? Workplace temperatures: the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 states the employer should maintain a reasonable workplace temperature, but it doesn't specify a maximum temperature. Although the law doesn't more.

Training events
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 Getting in touch
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Do you qualify for a free boiler replacement or even free insulation? During these cold winter months, there’s no better time to find out. Or, just as importantly you can find out if you can cut gas and electricity bills by improving the energy efficiency of your home.
For more than 35 years, Wokingham based company InstaGroup has been specialising in making people’s homes warmer and cheaper to run. Their team of highly skilled professionals pride themselves on delivering services to suit the needs of the individual householder. The options range from a free funding scheme to replace LPG and oil boilers to the latest technology in cavity wall and loft insulation. It’s worth knowing that people on pension credit can qualify automatically for funding assistance.
InstaGroup Director David Robson told INVOLVE, ‘At the core of our philosophy is giving people the best advice possible to help them choose the right energy saving solutions for them. We are also especially proud to be assisting our local community.  We have large funding resources to assist our local residents improve their energy efficiency and reducing household costs so we encourage the Berkshire community to contact us.’  InstaGroup offers a no-obligation survey of your property and all work is guaranteed, including 25 years for cavity wall insulation.
You can talk to the InstaGroup team on 0800 023 2944

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