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9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
2:15 pm Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Family History Sessions @ Theale... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Family History Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Every Monday, 2.20pm-4.45pm at Theale Library. Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook:[...]
4:00 pm VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and Frenc... @ Vici Academy
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VICI Kitchen! Pancakes and French - Children Workshop! @ Vici Academy | England | United Kingdom
Learn to make French Crêpes (so practise new vocabulary), then we bake (to learn lots of action verbs), then we cook (just like French Chefs!) and of course, WE EAT (and play French shop!). The fun of the kitchen is also[...]

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 Newbury. When I was ready I started to attend a ‘Recovery College’ in Hampshire. There are 32 Recovery Colleges in the UK. Everyone who attends is referred to as a ‘student’ (never patient or service user) and ‘carers’ of people who have mental health challenges are welcome to attend too. The aim of attending the courses is to help you to self-manage your mental health, build a new sense of self and purpose in life, discover your own resourcefulness and to pursue your own aspirations and goals.

This may sound a bit ‘wordy’ but it basically means that the courses help you to have a more meaningful and enjoyable life whether your mental health challenges are temporary or ongoing. All our courses are ‘co-produced’ (designed and delivered) by people with ‘lived experience’ and mental health professionals from West Berks Community Mental Health Team. We have already found that all our ‘students’ find the course leadership refreshing and gives them hope that ‘recovery’ is possible. When we talk about ‘recovery’, this doesn’t have to mean a ‘clinical recovery’ free of all symptoms but a ‘recovery’ that is all about what you want and how you manage your challenges and live your life.

Perhaps you struggle with anxiety or depression or have a mental health diagnosis of bipolar or similar mental health challenges. Our courses are free to anyone living in West Berkshire. If you live outside this area then please contact us and we will try to help you. Our courses include: a ‘bitesize’ course which is all about coming to our courses (it’s very informal and friendly and only 1.5 hours long), Five Ways to Wellbeing Course, Welcome to Recovery, Healthy Eating Workshops and Understanding Medication and Diagnosis courses.

So why did I start a Recovery College in West Berkshire? Last winter I tried to convince lots of people in the NHS and local services that we needed one for people living here. It helped me so much in my recovery that I wanted there to be one in West Berkshire. Travelling down to Winchester or Southampton was very difficult for me and I lost my driving licence twice due to the severity of my particular illness.

However, living in a time of austerity means that there is very little money for new services. So I set up Recovery in Mind as a social enterprise (a Community Interest Company) in April 2016. I have received so much support from local individuals, trusts and organisations that I can offer a variety of courses free of charge. We are based in Broadway House near the Clock Tower in Newbury. We have training rooms which we use and later in 2017 we will be going out and delivering our courses in different locations across West Berkshire. We are growing and would very much welcome new ‘students’ who would like to improve their mental health. Have a look at our website where all our courses are explained in detail. There’s also a contact box on the website so do get in touch if you have any questions.

So four years on I am well and enjoying my new life working in mental health. When I was unwell my world was turned up-side-down. So much happened I could write a book about it! I was the last person who was ever going to struggle with mental health problems. I lost my confidence, my sense of who I was and doubted I would ever recover. Not only have I survived but I have ‘thrived’. It’s been a difficult journey but I really ‘get’ mental health and am already seeing the benefits of Recovery in Mind courses for people living in our community. To end here’s what some of our students have said about the courses…..

  • ‘Highly valuable’
  • ‘Worthwhile, encouraging and eye-opening’
  • ‘Positive and motivating’
  • ‘Priceless’

More information

Name: Angela Ryan
Email address: recoveryinmind2016@outlook.com
Website: http://www.recoveryinmind2016.com

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