Home-Start West Berkshire

Giving Children the Best Start in Life

Useful Links

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We have grouped together sets of useful links based on some broad criteria. They are shown in the panels below. Locate something you want to learn more about and click on the title or the small plus symbol to the right of each entry. The panel will expand to show you the information. If you choose another panel it will close the first, and open the seconds. The page is organised in this way to make it easier for mobile users to access the information.

Local Government Services

West Berkshire Council
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD
General Enquiries: 01635 551111
Web: http://www.westberks.gov.uk/
West Berkshire Social Care Information Point
West Berkshire Children and Family Services
West Berkshire SEN and Disability Services
Family Safeguarding West Berkshire Team
Tel: 01635 503189
Email: FSWestAdminTeam@westberks.gov.uk
Family Safeguarding East Berkshire Team
Tel: 01189 16770
Email: FSEastAdminTeam@westberks.gov.uk

Local Food Banks

Food Banks West Berkshire
The foodbank works using a voucher referral system, more information can be found here.

Website: https://westberks.foodbank.org.uk/

Newbury Foodbank Centre
Address: Salvation Army Hall, 8 Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1BU
Tel: 07955 626621
Thatcham Foodbank Centre
Address: Thatcham Baptist Church, Wheelers Green Way, Thatcham, RG19 4YF
Tel: 07955 626621
Hungerford Foodbank Centre
Address: Hungerford Methodist Church,Bridge Street, Hungerford, RG17 0EH
Tel: 07955 626621
Lambourn Valley Foodbank Centre
Address: Sacred Heart Church Hall, Baydon Road, Lambourn, RG17 8NU
Tel: 07955 626621

Children Centres in West Berkshire

Children Centres/Family Hubs provide a range of services and activities to all local families with children aged 0-19, from early years education and childcare to health services, information and advice services.

Central Family Hub
Web: http://fis.westberks.gov.uk/kb5/westberkshire/fsd/service.page?id=ntNi1MVLD08

Address: Central Family Hub, Park Lane, Thatcham, RG18 3PG

Tel: 01635 865318

West Family Hub
Web: http://fis.westberks.gov.uk/kb5/westberkshire/fsd/service.page?id=Q4FUWLAIRr4

Address: Victoria Park Nursery School & Family Hub Victoria Park
Newbury, RG14 1EH

Tel: 0163531143

East Family Hub
Web: http://fis.westberks.gov.uk/kb5/westberkshire/fsd/service.page?id=YcR_5PwEsV8

Address: East Family HUB, Curtis Road, Calcot, Reading, RG31 4XG

Tel: 01189 456157

National Organisations

Association of Post Natal Illness
Offering women and families affected by post-natal illnesses support, education and information, via telephone helplines, online support of through postal services.

Web: https://apni.org/

Birth Trauma Association
Offering emotional and practical support to women suffering from Post Natal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or birth trauma. It is estimated that in the UK alone, this may result in up to 20,000 women a year developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Also, as many as 200,000 more women may feel traumatised by childbirth and develop some of the symptoms of PTSD.

Web: http://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/

Care for the Family - help for bereaved parents
Care for the Family offer support for parents who have lost a child.
Through discussion with parents they have developed a list of ‘Dos and Donts’ which are useful for anyone working with or supporting
bereaved parents.  This list is available from the Home-Start Spelthorne Office.

website:  www.careforthefamily.org.uk

Home-Start (UK National Office)
For more information about the national organisation of
Tel: 0800 068 6368
website: www.home-start.org.uk
Fire Safety
Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home.  You are at least
4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working
smoke alarm.  500 children under the age of 11 are injured and 11
are killed in fires in the home in England every year.

In the event of a fire GET OUT, STAY OUT and call 999.

For information on fire safety see www.direct.gov.uk/firekills

Money Saving Expert
Useful advice making your money go further, special offers etc.
website: www.moneysavingexpert.com
NHS Direct
Useful site for information and advice from online medical staff.
Tel: 0808 2000 247
website:  www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
NHS Services
Feeling poorly?  Had a minor accident?  Dont just go to A&E…
NHS services are available elsewhere so if it is not a serious emergency try the following:
PHARMACIST – Who is a health care professional and can provide advice and treatment for common conditions such as diarrhoea, headache, sore throat, coughs, minor illnesses and skin conditions.
GP – Your GP is your first point of call for on-going illnesses or injuries.
WALK-IN CENTRE – If you have an urgent but non-life threatening injury or illness, e.g. cuts, sprains, strains, minor burns or scalds.
To find the right treatment visit website:  www.nhs.uk
Provides advice and support to any person experiencing a mental health problem. MIND Also campaign to improve mental health services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Web: www.mind.org.uk

Pandas Foundation (Pre and Postnatal Depression Advice and Support)
PANDAS provice help to improve the lives of people affected by Pre (Ante) and Postnatal illness, for those living with Antenatal Depression, Postnatal Depression, OCD, Anxiety, Psychosis and their family and carers.  Advice and support is available.
Visit the website www.pandasfoundation.org.uk or see their Facebook page www.facebook.com/PANDASFoundation.
Rethink Mental Illness
A charity that believes a better life is possible for the millions of people affected by mental Illness. For 40 years it has brought people together to support each other through services, groups and campaign.

Web: www.rethink.org

Offering emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through their helpline, email services and their online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences.

Web: www.sane.org.uk

Sovereign Housing Association
Sovereign is a social business and one of the largest housing associations in the country, providing over 56,000 homes for around 130,000 people in housing need across the south and south west of England.

Web: www.sovereign.org.uk

Women's Aid
Working to end domestic violence against women and children.
Tel: 0808 2000 247    

Local Organisations

Berkshire Carers
Offering access to information, emotional and financial support, advocacy and opportunities to take a break from caring.

Web: www.berkshirecarers.org
Tel: 0800 988 5462
Email: shirley@berkshirecarers.org 

Cruse Bereavement Care
Offering support and help to those who are grieving following the death of someone close.
Web: www.crusewestberks.org
Tel: 01635 523573
Daisy’s Dream
A support service which responds to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement, across Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

Web: https://www.daisysdream.org.uk/
Tel: 0118 934 2604

Eight Bells for Mental Health
Supporting people affected by mental health across West Berkshire.
Web: www.eightbellsnewbury.co.uk
Tel: 07786 707646
Email: newbury.eightbells@gmail.com 
Newbury Twins Club (TAMBA)
A local support group for parents of twins. TAMBA also offers support and information for parents of triplets and multiples.
Web: https://www.tamba.org.uk/clubs/south-clubs/newbury-twins-club
Email: rachaellorman@hotmail.co.uk
Reducing the Risk of Domestic Violence (West Berkshire)
Talking Therapies (Berkshire)
A service which helps and supports adults and families with anxiety, depression, stress and phobias.
web: https://www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk/page_sa.asp?fldKey=219
Tel: 0300 365 2000
Time 2 Talk West Berkshire
An independent charity promoting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11-25 in West Berkshire. It offers free, at the point of delivery, counselling services at Broadway House, Newbury, local schools and GP surgeries, as well as delivering talks, seminars and courses.

Web: http://t2twb.org/
Email: office@t2twb.org
Tel: 01635 760331

West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau
Offering free, impartial, independent and confidential advice about a wide range of subjects including legal and money/debt worries.
Web: www.westberkscab.org.uk
Tel: 08444779980
West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Helpline
This service provides services for men and women (including young people) who are experiencing domestic abuse; refuge placements, one to one support, group work and independent advisors outreach.

Tel: 0800 731 0055

West Berkshire Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS)
Providing information, advice and support to parents or carers of a young person aged 0-25 years with a disability and/or special educational need, and to young people with a disability and/or special educational need aged 16-25.
Web: https://www.westberkssendiass.info/en/Main_Page
Tel: 0300 303 2644
West Berkshire Young Carers Project
Supporting children and young people with caring responsibilities.

Email: youngcarers@westberks.gov.uk
Information Leaflet (PDF)http://info.westberks.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=44936&p=0
Tel: 01635 43639

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