involve Community Services E Bulletin
February 2017 issue 84
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  • involve News & Updates - Welcome, Protect Children/Protect Yourself/Protect your Organisation, New Website
  • Cultural Festival 2017- Our second annual event in March is getting nearer
  • Calling all Trustees! - Our Volunteer Passport scheme has officially launched
  • Co-op's Local Community Fund - A great, simple way you can help our Befriending Scheme
  • Bracknell Forest Council - Consultation on Draft Equality Scheme 2017-20
  • Involve - Befriending Activity Cafe
  • Bracknell Forest Dementia Action Alliance - New Parking for People with Dementia in Bracknell Forest 
  • Sandy Adirondack - Training and Consultancy on Governance and Law for Voluntary Sector
  • Unseen & NHS England - Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Training
  • Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue - Fire Safety Awareness FREE Training
  • STROKE - ACT F.A.S.T  - 'Act Fast' Campaign
  • ACAS South East Workplace News - Employment Law Update
  • Wokingham, Bracknell & District Mencap Recruiting- Smiles for Sibs Co-ordinator Needed
  • Me2 Club Quiz Night- a fun event including a fish and chip supper to raise funds for the charity
involve News & Updates

Hi everyone,
We 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:

Also, as I'm sure most of you know by now, our new and improved website has been updated and launched! Thank you for all the amazing comments and support we're received since releasing it to the public, we're very proud of it and so glad with all the positive feedback we've received about it! If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check it out:
Thanks everyone, speak soon
01344 30440

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:

Calling all Trustees!

We are proud to announce the launch of our Volunteer Passport Scheme

This exciting new scheme is for ALL volunteers in Bracknell Forest, including those who act as board members and in an executive capacity in a charity or community group or in other settings - for example, school governors.
As a Volunteer Passport holder you will receive training updates and be able to access the courses relevant to your role - and to prepare you for further roles - from the Volunteer Passport partners, as well as join a growing number of Volunteers in Bracknell Forest who are passport holders - a network with a goal in common: to promote volunteering and training and to create a safer, more resilient community.
If you'd like to find out more about the Volunteer Passport scheme, call 01344 383526 or email


Our Befriending Scheme is Part of Co-op's Local Community Fund
The Co-operative's Membership scheme allows people who have registered to choose where there money goes. When someone buys a Co-op's selected products and services Co-op Group businesses, it puts 5% of what they spend into their Co-op Membership account. 1% of everything spent on selected services and products go towards helping your local community. It's Co-op's way of giving back to their millions of members and their communities - providing funding to local causes that members care about.

Visit the Co-op website membership page to sign up and support us & to find out more:
Employee Performance Management

Date: 13th March 2017
Venue: involve Offices
Time: 9.30am to 12.midday
Guest Speaker: Alice France from Approach Human Resources
Subject: HR & Policies Workshop
Employee Performance Management is a fundamental element in the success of any organisation; without individuals working at their best, the entire organisation suffers.  But appraisals can be laborious and dealing with performance issues a minefield. This workshop looks at how to ensure your approach to performance management is effective and makes sense for your organisation.  
This packed and practical session will cover:
  • An overview of what performance management is really about and the latest trends.
  • The 7 "layers" of effective performance management.
  • Barriers to good performance, and the mistake most often made in the voluntary sector.
  • Practical procedures to address performance concerns.
  • How to integrate performance management into the reality of your organisation.
To book a place, please contact  Diane on 01344 383513 or 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
New Parking for People with Dementia in Bracknell Forest
A new scheme to help people with dementia remain independent for longer will launch in Bracknell town centre this month. In partnership with the Bracknell Forest Dementia Action Alliance, Bracknell Forest Council is planning to trial two Dementia Friendly parking spaces in the High Street Multi-Storey Car Park in Bracknell town centre. The clearly signposted, wider-than-conventional spaces will be just one of three schemes in operation across the country. They will be located in a CCTV-monitored zone on Level 4 of the car park, close to the ticket payment machines and pedestrian exits.
Councillor Marc Brunel-Walker, Bracknell Forest executive member for economic development and regeneration, said: “The High Street multi-storey car park has undergone major investment this year including the installation of new LED lighting, an enhanced CCTV system, 24/7 security coverage and a bright new colour scheme for easier co-ordination around the floors of the car park.

“In addition to all of these improvements, and by working with the Dementia Action Alliance Group and our parking operators Indigo, we are delighted to be able to support the Dementia Friendly parking bay scheme. By introducing these spaces on a trial basis, we can get feedback and learn how well this approach works and other options there are to help town centre visitors with dementia and their carers.
“The spaces will be close to the covered link bridge, providing easy and direct access to the Princess Square Shopping Centre and the town centre itself. We hope this initiative will make a positive difference to our residents and visitors to Bracknell town centre.” 
The need for the spaces was identified through discussions with people with dementia and their carers living in Bracknell Forest, who reported that they found it difficult to access the town centre as there was a lack of convenient places to park close to the amenities. People with dementia also felt that having car parking, waiting and drop off areas close to the town centre was a priority. The spaces will work on an honesty scheme, similar to mother and baby spaces.

Members of the Dementia Action Alliance steering group with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers have consulted on the design of the signage to be used for the spaces. This will ensure that it is fit for purpose. Viki Rowland, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Alliance Co-Ordinator for Bracknell Forest, said: “People with dementia can feel isolated and lonely, by making this change to parking in Bracknell Forest, we hope that more people will feel empowered to visit the shops and feel more part of the community.”
To find out more about Bracknell Forest Dementia Action Alliance, visit

Pay Added or Updated on the Legal Update Website for Voluntary Organisations at :
National minimum wage and national living wage
NMW/NLW rates for pay reference periods beginning 1 April 2017.Bizarre excuses for not paying NMW/NLW.
HMRC advice on avoiding common errors.NMW/NLW enforcement: 4 charities among 359 employers named and shamed last week. ll at

The real living wage
The real living wage for 2017, announced 31 October 2016, is £9.75 per hour for London and £8.45 for the rest of the UK. Living wage employers and others who want to pay it should have it in place by 1 May.   

Minimum wage when on call or sleeping
Employment Appeal Tribunal said, in a specific case in 2015 (Shannon v Rampersad), that a care worker was not entitled to minimum wage when at home and not working, even though he was on call. But the circumstances were very specific, and in many cases an on-call worker will be entitled to minimum wage even if at home and even if sleeping.  

Permitted earnings higher earnings limit
For people receiving employment and support allowance (ESA), incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, or national insurance credits or income support because of incapacity for work, the weekly higher earnings limit went up to £115.50 per week from 1 October 2016. It will go up to £120 during 2017 but I am not clear whether this will be 1 April or 1 October – will update the web article below when I find out.  

Gender pay gap reporting
In effect from 6 April for employers with 250 or more employees; first report not due until 4 April 2018 but will be based on the number of employees on 5 April 2017, and on pay data and bonuses paid in the tax year ending 5 April 2017 – so data must be collected now. The definition of 'employee' is wider than usual (e.g. could include some self-employed workers) and narrower than usual (e.g. does not include some employees on leave). If your organisation has to report, start planning now.  

The first four items follow on from each other on the 'employment.htm' webpage, so you don't need to click each separately. Gender pay gap is on 'equality.htm' webpage of the website.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Training
NHS England in partnership with Unseen (Anti-Slavery Charity) invite you to participate in a training
and development session.
We are holding a number of half day events in March (details below) at which Unseen will provide:
  • in depth training about Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
  • the nature and scale of the issue
  • how to identify victims
  • the barriers they may face 
They will also be explaining more about the Modern Slavery Act and the care in place currently to
support a potential victim. Unseen’s training is high quality and interactive including case studies
from their front-line work and will also use case examples from health care settings.
These events are particularly suitable for:
  • Professionals who may come across a potential victim of slavery or trafficking
  • Safeguarding leads
  • Representatives from statutory agencies with a Duty to Notify under the new Modern Slavery Act (2015)
  • Representatives from businesses who are looking to gain awareness of how slavery and trafficking may present within their supply chains 
Places are limited so please book as soon as possible. 
If you have any questions about the event please contact Jessica Wilde at
To Book:
Please click on the date or venue you would like to book:
30th March:  09:30 – 12:30 or 13:30 – 16:30
County Ground, County Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, SN1 2ED
2nd March: 09:30 – 12:30 or 13:30 – 16:30
The Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford OX4 4XP

Adults at Risk – Fire safety Awareness Free Training for partner agencies

‘This document/training is a fire safety guide for all those involved in the care of adults in the community.  It lays down the minimum recommendations for the protection of adults at risk from fire.

It is recognised that there are many considerations to be taken into account when planning a care package to allow someone to continue to live in the community with extra support to ensure their safety and wellbeing.  If fire safety is not considered and the correct protection measures are not put in place then the person may not be safe in their home.  They will be at the greatest possible risk should a fire occur.’
This training package is designed to enable you to work with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service to protect vulnerable adults living in the community from the risks of fire.  It has been designed for use by:
  • Domiciliary care workers
  • Carers
  • Adult Social Care staff
  • Staff in any other organisation involved in care of people in their own homes
For more information, when, where and how to book on to these courses contact:

'Act FAST' campaign

Your local Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting the annual 'Act FAST' campaign which aims to highlight the common symptoms of stroke and mini strokes throughout January and February.

The campaign, which this year has a focus on mini strokes, encourages people to call 999 if they notice the symptoms in others or experience them themselves. A mini stroke has similar symptoms to a full stroke, except that these symptoms last for a much shorter amount of time. It's vital to raise awareness of the importance of treating mini strokes with the same urgency as strokes because treating them early can save lives.

The campaign urges people to Act FAST if they notice any of the following symptoms, even if they disappear within a short space of time:
• Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
• Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
• Speech – is their speech slurred? If they notice any of these symptoms it is
• Time – time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs.

Anyone unsure about the symptoms they or their loved ones have experienced or whether to call 999 – call 111. For more information there is a campaign website

Workplace News
Can employers have rules on relationships at work?
Is it ever appropriate for a line manager to interfere in an employee’s love life? Is complimenting a colleague on his or her appearance taboo? With Valentine’s Day having now passed, 'Personal Today' look at 10 potential problems with workplace more.
Managing people - advice and guidance.
Even failures to act can amount to gross misconduct: 
Normally, a finding of gross misconduct is made in relation to a particular act committed by the employee in question. However, in this instance it was the employee’s failure to act that led to such a more.
Fair and unfair dismissals - advice and guidance.
National Minimum and National Living Wage changes:
Find out the current rates for the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage and what the new rates from April 2017 will be more.
Employment law update - summary and timetable.
Training Events               View all events across the South East 

Getting in touch
Need advice? A free advisory visit? Workplace training? Contact us here.         

Wokingham Mencap Recruiting 'Smiles for Sibs' Co-ordinator

Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap is a local charity working with people with a
learning disability and those with an autism spectrum condition, their carers and families.

The Smiles for Sib club is a social group for children, aged 8-13 years, who are the siblings of children with learning disabilities. The club takes place on Mondays (term time only) between 4.15pm and 6.00pm at Woodley Airfield Community Centre. We have a vacancy for a Co-Ordinator to supervise and lead in providing activities at theclub, playing games, and occasionally organising trips off-site, e.g. to the cinema, bowling or laser quest.
To attend training, meetings, outings and special activities as required.

Closing date for applications for this vacancy is Monday 13th March 2017at 12noon.
Interviews will be held week beginning Monday 20th March 2017.

We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated people to join our team. Experience of working in similar positions is desirable, but training will be given for the successful applicants.

For further details, application form and job specification please contact us on 03007778539 or email

References and an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will becarried out on the successful candidates.
Me2 Club Charity Quiz Night
Me2 Club has organised a fun filled quiz night for the 24th March
with all profits benefiting children and their families. Tickets are £15 per
person and include a Fish & Chip Supper! Tickets must be purchased
in advance from Liz on 0118 969 6369.

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