Eight Bells Community Strength - Supporting Individuals, Strengthening Communities

Last updated: 12/04/2022

Eight Bells Community Strength is a community-based service introduced to prevent and reduce social isolation and improve mental health and well-being for people throughout West Berkshire.

We will help and support residents to become part of their local community through community activities, by making new friends and support networks.  We want the person to feel confident doing things for themselves and we will encourage them to do things and take part in activities that help them to feel better and stay active for longer. We will encourage them to live independently, look after themselves, and have a good quality of life.

We also want to help local communities to develop their own strength and resilience so that they can thrive.  

We accept referrals from anyone aged 18 or over and 

  • are at risk of loneliness and isolation,
  • have a long term medical condition,
  • are experiencing mental ill-health
  • have a physical or learning disability

To refer yourself or make a referral on behalf of someone else, please complete the online form on our website or contact the Community Strength Coordinator.  

We will provide this support through Community Navigator volunteers who are fully trained and DBS checked with good local knowledge of what is going on in the community.  

To become a community navigator, you need to have the right attitude and qualities.  You must have a friendly nature and good listening skills and be able to connect with a wide range of people.  You will need to take the time to understand the needs and interests of the person you are helping.  You will help build their confidence, enabling them to make good choices and grow their support networks.  

If you are interested in becoming a Community Navigator you can sign up through our website or contact the Community Strength Coordinator.  


Note: Eight Bells for Community Strength is a separate service to Eight Bells for Mental Health, which some residents may be familiar with but will be delivered under the Eight Bells umbrella. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Andrea Barrett
Contact Position
Community Strength Coordinator
07985 404302
Eight Bells Newbury

Where to go

The Friends Meeting House
1, Highfield Avenue
RG14 5DS

Please note the office is not currently open to the public.

Other Details


There is no charge to residents for this service.


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

Residents can refer themselves to the service or someone else with permission.  Other organisations can refer into the service but they must have permission.

Residents must be aged 18 or over and

  • are at risk of loneliness and isolation, 

  • have long term medical conditions,

  • are experiencing mental ill-health, 

  • have a physical or learning disability.

Quality checks

  • Not applicable

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