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9:30 am Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Family History Sessions @ Thatch... @ Thatcham library
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Family History Sessions @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Thatcham Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 15 @ 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[...]
9:30 am Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Shefford Craft Group @ Great Shefford Village Hall | Great Shefford | England | United Kingdom
Everyone welcome regardless of ability to these friendly and informal sessions. If you have something you’re working on, bring it along – or just turn up and expect to be inspired by the things that[...]
9:30 am Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Wantage Country Market @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Come along to this lovely country market if you are free on Friday morning and you will find wonderful chutneys, marmalades, cards, cakes and plants to buy.  Take the opportunity to meet up with a[...]
10:00 am Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Craft & Chat @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Craft & Chat Every Friday. 10.00am-12.00pm at Hungerford Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30282
10:30 am Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Family History Sessions @ Newbur... @ Newbury Library
Feb 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Family History Sessions Friday mornings at Newbury Library. Free practical advice from the Berkshire Family History Society. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 519900 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
10:45 am Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 15 @ 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
Play Bridge @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Play Bridge Beginners and experienced players welcome, every Friday, 10.45am-12.45pm at Theale Library. No need to book, just drop in. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30287  
11:00 am Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Rhymetime @ Lambourn Library @ Lambourn Library | Lambourn | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime For 0-4 years, Fridays 11.00-11.30am, term time only at Lambourn Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30283
11:00 am Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Storytime @ Newbury Library @ Newbury Library | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for 3 to 5 years Every Friday, 11.00-11.30am at Newbury Library SPECIAL CHRISTMAS STORYTIME – 7th & 14th DECEMBER! For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30251
1:30 pm Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Knit, Knot & Natter @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
Join the Museum Craft Group every 3rd Friday of the month at 1:30pm in the Museum Cafe.  Bring your own craft project or take tuition from one of the members.  It is free to attend,[...]

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 Brighter Berkshire 2017 Year of Mental Health Campaign, Healthwatch West Berkshire recently held its second ‘Thinking Together’ Event, 18th May 2017 at Thatcham Catholic Hall. An inclusive event designed to bring together everyone involved in mental health in West Berkshire, from users and carers to professionals and commissioners, in order to ensure everyone in the area has their voice heard.

At a time when the state of the nation’s mental health has become a central public health tenet, Healthwatch West Berkshire has been working to ensure that everyone effected by the issue, from those with a wide range of conditions, their carers and families, as well as local charities, not-for-profit organisations and professionals (including West Berkshire Council, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Newbury and District Clinical Commissioning Group) are engaging with one another in a non-judgemental, easy to access arena, which allows all those involved to discuss matters in a co-operative atmosphere. The idea of the event was not only to provide networking opportunities for all, but to discuss the various matters (good and bad) that came out of the previous meeting, thus providing a basis for focussed outcomes which could be worked towards. As local MP Richard Benyon said at a previous Health and Well Being Board meeting in March: “You can have all the policies in the world, but if they are not effective they are worthless.”

Following the meeting and subsequent survey, Healthwatch West Berkshire has collated the information gained and created valuable insight into the needs of the community. The ‘Thinking Together’ event has been deemed an enormous success by all stakeholders, offering an inclusive forum for all.

This was a unique event where many different people and organisations were able to share positive ideas and suggestions about mental health services,” commented Kathryn Dundas, Co-ordinator for the Eight Bells For Mental Health charity. “Thinking Together gave our members the opportunity to have their voices heard, to express both the good and the bad experiences they have had in accessing both professional and voluntary help and support. While West Berkshire is poorly funded for mental health services, we believe that events like this help those in our area to feel they are listened to and taken seriously, which can only assist in boosting their confidence and self-esteem”.

Healthwatch West Berkshire believes that its involvement has ensured that going forward those involved will have a worthwhile space in which they can feel confident they will be listened to, and it hopes more effective community mental health systems will be put into place which will take account of their experiences and thoughts. Indeed, Nick Carter, CEO of West Berkshire Council commented: “I was delighted to be invited to such a well attended event. It was invaluable to get an insight into what users of local mental health services actually feel. There is clearly more to do and I hope I will have the opportunity to return later in the year to outline what we hope to be doing”.

Following the event special guest, Jane Mordue, Chair of Healthwatch England (Based in London), who also attended said: “Well done to Healthwatch West Berkshire for bringing together so many people who really wanted to share ideas on how to improve mental health for everyone in the community. The knowledge and experience in the room made for a great buzz, total truth and some great ideas on how to make people more aware of how to cope with the challenges”.

Going forward, the findings of the meeting and subsequent report and survey will be discussed at the Health and Wellbeing Board ‘Integration Board’, in order to facilitate actions that benefit the community. Andrew Sharp, Chief Officer of Healthwatch West Berkshire commented: “In the first instance I’d like to thank everyone who attended, especially the service users. We truly hope that the success of ‘Thinking Together’ can be carried into the new Health and Wellbeing Board Mental Health Strategy, which will enable us to create a Mental Health Action Group with delegated powers and accountability that West Berkshire so badly needs.  Fully supporting Dr. Anees Pari’s [Interim Head of Public Health and Wellbeing West Berkshire] hard-hitting point, we want to create an environment in our locale where the premature death rate for people with severe mental health issues from physical illness can be reduced – and we would like this co-produced, inclusive approach to be used across all health and social care.

 

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