Abi’s Superstoma

After living a fit and healthy life, eating well and attending the gym regularly, it came as a huge shock to be diagnosed with advanced rectal cancer just 2 months before I was 40.  During those first discussions ...

Matt Henson’s Recovery nearly Four Years after his Stroke

This looks like a normal family holiday photo. But it is actually testament to one man’s resolve to recover from a brain haemorrhage. In December 2013, East Garston resident Matt Henson suffered a brain ...

Be a West Berkshire Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends was launched in 2013 by the Alzheimer’s Society to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia which means that many people with the disease can face social exclusion. Today, ...

Thinking Together about Mental Health

Healthwatch West Berkshire Initiative Thinking Together 2017 Provides Vital Voice for Mental Health As part of an ongoing commitment to focussing on the mental health needs of West Berkshire, and supporting the ...

My name is Jo Fielder, I am 42, I live near Shefford Woodlands in Hungerford and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis three years ago. I used to run Cobbs Farm Shop in Hungerford and Fielders Farm Shop near ...

Enter & View Report on Pharmacies in Newbury, Thatcham & Lambourn

As part of Healthwatch West Berkshire’s (HWWB) statutory powers to ‘Enter & View’ all services funded by the NHS or via public funds, HWWB visited three pharmacies across West Berkshire to get the views of ...

Sport in Mind

Sport in Mind Berkshire West is a local charity promoting mental well-being through sport. They offer a range sports and physical activities designed for people experiencing mental health problems and encourage ...

Would you like to improve your mental health?

My name is Angela Ryan. Just four years ago I struggled with a very severe form of mental illness. I was admitted to hospital several times and was supported by the West Berkshire Community Mental Health Team in ...

Healthwatch Grants for local research projects

We are seeking grant applications from individuals and organisations (including voluntary sector, educational and non-government organisations) who would like help to fund projects looking into health and social ...

Healthwatch Community Engagement

Community Engagement Programme Round Two is Now Open for Applications. Do you have a Community Engagement project in mind, but need some help with funding? Find out more about how to apply for our small-grants ...