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Leisure and Recreation

Leisure and recreation Participating in new and exciting activities is a great way to get out and spend time together as a family. West Berkshire has activities and events aimed at families for all different age groups. Some of these include things such as baby…

Leisure and Recreation

In this section we have a range of leisure and recreational activities for you to take part in, ranging from art and craft activities to something more active in the sporting range. There are some groups which are specifically for those children with special educational…

Looking at Becoming a Childminder in West Berkshire?

If you are considering registering as a Childminder in West Berkshire, before you apply to OFSTED, you need to consider the requirements to be Ofsted compliant. In West Berkshire we do offer our own approved pre-registration childminding course, please contact us to put your name down for…

Losing someone close through suicide

The loss of someone you've been close to, whatever the cause of their death, can bring intense feelings of grief. But losing someone through suicide can cause reactions and emotions that are different to those felt after death from illness, an accident or natural causes.…

Low mood and depression

Difficult events and experiences can leave us in low spirits or cause depression. It could be relationship problems, bereavement, sleep problems, stress at work, bullying, chronic illness or pain. Sometimes it's possible to feel down without there being an obvious reason. What's the difference between low…

Managing suicidal thoughts

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Suicidal feelings can range from being preoccupied by abstract thoughts about dying, wishing you were dead, wanting to disappear, or feeling that people would be better off without you, to thinking about methods of suicide,…

Mental health helplines

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice. Anxiety UK Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm) Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk Bipolar UK A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar…

Mental health issues if you're gay, lesbian or bisexual

Poor levels of mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have often been linked to experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying. Other factors - such as age, religion, where you live or ethnicity - can add extra complications to an already difficult…

Mindfulness

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you - can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness…

Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700

UK Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre The Modern Slavery Helpline and Resource Centre brings us closer to the eradication of modern slavery. It provides victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses access to information and support on a 24/7 basis. Modern Slavery Helpline   08000…

Money Matters

Financial difficulties are common and can be distressing for many families. There are several charities and services offering support and advice to help you take back control and manage your finances efficiently. For information and advice on saving money, budgeting, benefit entitlements, debt management and…

Parent and Toddler Groups - Covid-19

Toddler Groups The DfE will not be producing specific guidance for these groups. Instead, you should use MHCLG guidance for the use of community facilities (‘community facilities’ can be interpreted in its broadest sense so includes, for example, schools). You may also wish to refer…

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find…

Pre-schools

A Pre-school Is an early years setting where young children under statutory school age have the opportunity to learn through activities, play and social interaction. Offers short sessional care on a term time only basis. Some provide wrap around care or extended hours for a…

Recovery in Mind

Recovery in Mind offers free of charge courses to any adults living in West Berkshire with mental health difficulties. Throughout lockdown we have continued to offer support through weekly newsletters emailed student’s as well as having an active presence on social media, The Newbury Weekly…

SARS

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by the SARS coronavirus, known as SARS CoV. Coronaviruses commonly cause infections in both humans and animals. There have been two self-limiting SARS outbreaks to date, which resulted in a highly contagious and potentially life threatening form of…

Self-help therapies

Self-help therapy has some advantages over professional face-to-face counselling. It's convenient, cheap and you can do it in your own time and when it suits you. Self-help therapy can also be a useful first step if you are unsure whether or not to seek further…

Summer Challenge

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children” (Charles R Swindoll)Any adult involved in a child’s life wants to be part of making special moments they will remember forever. Why not see how many memorable moments you can…

Teaching your child everyday skills

When children play, they're learning what they want to learn. Often these will be things you want them to learn, too. Sometimes, though, your child may need some extra help from you to learn the necessary skills they'll need throughout their lives. For example, these skills…
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