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ADHD

ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and might become more obvious when your child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. The symptoms, usually noticed before…

Adult Autism Strategy

This strategy sets out the actions and activities that the Autism Partnership Board (APB) have taken so far and the six strategic priorities for future work to support autistic people in West Berkshire. The Strategy also seeks to have an impact on local services and…

Adult Placement - Shared Lives Scheme

Aims to offer support to a variety of people with a differing range of needs and skills.  These can be people with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems, older people, care leavers, disabled children becoming young adults, parents with learning disabilities and their children,…

Adults

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) many leisure activities, groups and lunch clubs have been suspended until further notice.  You are advised to check with the individual organisations for current information.   Coronavirus (COVID-19): Community Support Hub for information and advice in West Berkshire. Call…

Anxiety about health

Most of us worry about our health from time to time, and some of us have to manage serious medical conditions. But for some people, health worries become overwhelming and a problem in itself. Health anxiety (sometimes called hypochondria) is excessive worrying about your health, to…

Are you looking after someone?

Is your emergency plan for the person you care for up to date? CarersUK have useful tips to ensure you remember everything. UNPAID CARERS - Additional COVID-19 Guidance from the Dept of Health and Social Care.  Read the latest newsletter from the It's My Life Group and…

Asperger syndrome

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person's social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be…

Assessment for adult social care

Understanding your needs and circumstances to help you stay as independent as possible Before we can work out the best way forward in your situation, we'll talk to you to understand what you want and need. This may involve a discussion about resources in your community that might be…

Autism - Embrace Autism because....

It is a part of the lives of many families.  Whether that is having a child with autism, a partner, family member, friend or colleague.  You may have autism yourself.  People with autism have many positive qualities and given the right opportunities, the environment and support…

Benefits & financial advice for carers

Caring for someone can affect you financially as you may lose earnings or have to spend your own money to care for people. There may be a number of benefits, which you could be entitled to as a carer.  The person you care for may…

Berkshire Care Directory

If you are thinking about moving into a care home or arranging care for a relative or friend, you can find useful information and advice in the Berkshire Care Directory. The independent Berkshire Care Directory is a good first stop to also discover more about…

Birchwood Care Home leaflet

Birchwood Care Home specialises in providing nursing care for those who are are physically frail and have been diagnosed with dementia. The home is well located with shops nearby and close to Newbury Town Centre. It is also well served by the main bus route…

Can I get free therapy or counselling?

If you want to try a talking therapy, ask your GP. They will know what's available locally and can help you decide which treatment is best for you. Lots of GP surgeries provide counselling or therapy services on the NHS. If counselling or therapy isn't…

Carers Information booklet

West Berkshire Council's  Information for Carers Booklet [1Mb] lists a number of organisations that can provide a range of information, advice and guidance to support you in your role as a carer.

Caring for someone with dementia at home

With the right support, someone who has dementia may be able to continue living at home for a long time. Although having dementia can reduce a person's ability to live independently, there is a variety of support available to help them. If you care for…
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