Mental Health - Eight Bells for Mental Health Newbury

Last updated: 03/07/2023

Eight Bells is a friendly, member-led, voluntary group, that provides friendship, support and a listening ear to people experiencing mental health issues in Newbury, Thatcham and surrounding areas.  We support and empower members to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Our members are at the heart of what we do.

Eight Bells provides support for up to 100 people living across West Berkshire whose lives are affected by mental health issues. We offer a safe, supportive and welcoming environment at our Drop-In Centre which is based close to Newbury Town Centre. Our friendly social sessions are open every Monday, Thursday, and Friday to help people with their mental well-being and overcome isolation and loneliness by meeting and connecting with others.  Our sessions include activities such as Arts & Crafts, Movement Classes, Prize Bingo, Gardening and Nature. We also have the support of two counsellors whom members can arrange 1:1 sessions with if needed.

Our members work together to organise days out and fundraising events. 

Our Drop-In sessions are:

Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 9 am to 4 pm.

Lunches are available every Monday and Thursday for a £1 contribution.

We provide unlimited hot and cold drinks at each session.

High-speed broadband and laptops are available for members to use.

Our Coordinators offer 1-1 appointments for specific advocacy and support at The Meeting House, 1, Highfield Avenue, Newbury. These must be booked in advance.

We also work alongside several other local charities and community groups, including Recovery in Mind, Loose Ends, West Berkshire Homeless, and Newbury Soup Kitchen

Our phone and email address are manned during the following times:

Monday to Thursday 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

For further information please contact: 07387 962220

Who to contact

Contact Position
Mobile 07387 962220
Eight Bells Newbury

Where to go

The Friends Meeting House
1, Highfield Avenue
RG14 5DS

Opening times are now :

Mondays 9am to 4pm

Thursdays 9am to 4pm

Fridays 9am to 4pm

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Every Monday, Thursday and Friday 9am-4pm
Time of day
Session Information
Hot drinks available at all sessions. Lunches served every Monday and Thursday at 12.30 pm

Other Details


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

Eight Bells receives a number of referrals from GPs, the Community Mental Health Team, West Berkshire Council's Adult Social Care teams, and other health professionals and organisations as well as private families and individuals.

A referral is not required though, a visit to one of our sessions is encouraged in the first instance followed by completion of a confidential online membership form should you wish to become a member.

Please feel free to call and arrange a visit. You can have a look around and meet our members and coordinators.

Quality checks

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