No. 6 AREA
CHARITY No. 266982
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen Hon.
Alan Ringshall, 38 Red Rose
Binfield, Berkshire RG42 5LD
Sunday 9th February 1997, the Bracknell Branch of the Royal Naval
Association was commissioned at the Royal British Legion in Bracknell.
7 Founder member on that Special day; Irene Bristoe - Bill Holliday
- Martin Lawes - Terry Joiner - Bob Pitman - Bob Privett - Alan
we have since lost Shipmate Bob Pitman when he crossed the bar later
in our first year of this commission.
The Branch moved from Bracknell over to the Binfield Club in Binfield
village in May 1999. We have been made welcome by all at the club,
local Royal British Legion and also the village here.
have thrown some real good parties, and will always be remembered
for our first Birthday party held at the Royal British Legion in
Bracknell, by all (even the gate crashers, and yes, there were many
who just wished to celebrate 'Navy' style) and we have continued
with much the same on functions, that have ensured a Unity, Comradeship,
Patriotism and of course, Loyalty as friends, but also as members
of the Royal Naval Association.
have seen some members leave for their own reasons, and also those
new that are joining a young and renewed Branch of the Royal Naval
Association and who are determined to go from strength to strength.
you are interested in our association and require further information
on membership, either full for ex Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Wrens
and Queen Alexander Nursing Service or Associate for those that
hold sympathy towards these service organisations, then I can be
contacted at any of the above to assist.
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Multiple Sclerosis Society is a registered charity having been established
for over 40 years with its Headquarters in London. The Society has
more than 360 Branches throughout the country which are responsible
for the members within its area. These Branches are all run by volunteers,
raising their own funds and helping with the social, welfare and
counselling needs of the M.S. sufferers and their families.
Forest, Bracknell & District is the local Branch and they have
over 100 M.S. and non M.S. members. They run monthly meetings, coffee
mornings, outings, physiotherapy sessions and talks. They also do
a certain amount of their own fund raising such as Flag Days and
store collections to raise money for their work, to be able to give
welfare grants to their members and to donate money towards research.
you would like any information or wish to join the Branch, contact
one of the people below. They welcome along any new members, carers
or relations to their regular monthly meetings which are held very
informally at 8.00pm on the second Tuesday of every month at Barnett
Court, Larges Lane, Bracknell (near the Meteorological Office).
Alternatively there is a 24hr counselling service available on 020
8422 2144 or a general M.S. Helpline on 0808 800 8000 (Mon - Fri,
9 - 9) both of which are sponsored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Berkshire RG12 7RU
St Marks Road
Berkshire RG42 4BA
For a more general picture of the MS Society
Community Link Binfield
Link is a voluntary organisation to provide help and advice for
the village. A great deal of help is, of course is already given
by relatives, friends, various organisations and local authorities.
Our aim is to act as a link between the assistance that already
exists and the people who need it. We will also provide extra help,
in a neighbourly way, when this is required.
can help if:
YOU need to know where to get advice.
YOU need transport, which is not provided by the local authority
to get you to hospitals, clinics, etc through our Driving Scheme.
YOU are new to the village and/or would like to meet people.
YOU would like informatlion about local clubs, organisations, leisure
We are always grateful for help with the Driving Scheme on an occasional
basis, once or twice a month or at your convenience - and a mileage
allowance is paid to drivers. For further information, contact the
Secretary or Binfield Surgery.
These are held every 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 10.30am at
Binfield House, Terrace Road North (near the surgery). All are welcome.
Please contact the Chairman. Chairman: Mrs J Stealey Tel. 01344
547735 Secretary: Mr D Fawcett Tel. 01344 422495 email: email@example.com
Lodge, Carters Hill, Wokingham, Berks. RG40 5RU
Tel: 01344 452922 Fax: 01344 862062
are dwellings provided by a benefactor in perptuity for people in
need and administered by a body of local, voluntary trustees. Most
almshouses have been endowed for older people living in a specified
geographical area or connected with a particular trade.
primary objective of the Association is to assist Trustees:
to preserve the historic tradition of almshouses
. to promote the welfare and independence of residents
. to provide good quality housing for needy people
. to manage charitable resources as effectively as possible in
the context of changing social and financial conditions
Society for Epilepsy
main objectives include research, assesment and treatment, respite
care and outpatient services for people with epilepsy. It also aims
to promote understanding of the condition.
in research means that NSE members receive the latest news in treatment
breakthroughs. The Society has an information and education service
with a telephone helpline available to the public.
The society also
runs supported housing projects, a rehabilitation service, sheltered
workshops, residential care and respite care. It also provides training
for professionals involved in the care of people with epilepsy,
awareness seminars for carers, and a range of specialist training
events for doctors and other health professionals.
There is a range
of literature available for both professionals and the public. For
- is a practical guide explaining the causes and effects of the
condition allowing people to manage their everyday lives with
- National Society
for Epilepsy Video
- Putting You
in the Picture - An information pack about epilepsy (Video and
Booklet) 1992 £14.99 Available from the National Society of Epilepsy
tel: 01494 601400
Chalfont St Peter
Buckinghamshire SL9 ORJ
Admin tel: 01494
Admin fax: 01494 871927
about branch as yet, Binfield OnLine are researching this at present.
STEP FORWARD PROJECT
Forward is a new ESF funded Project supported by Bracknell Forest
Lifelong Learning Partnership, Bracknell Forest Borough Council,
Bracknell and Wokingham College, and Mind in Bracknell that supports
individuals with mental health needs in the Bracknell Forest area
to take steps towards retraining and returning to work.
the bid being granted in March of this year, we are now, 5 months
on, offering a fully integrated employment support service to people
with mental health needs in the Bracknell Forest area. We have a
newly renovated office space in Charles Square, in the centre of
Bracknell, with a bright and welcoming shop front - our aim is to
raise the general public's awareness of their own mental health
needs in the workplace as well as providing ongoing developmental
support to individuals in need.
can offer a wide range of learning, development and support opportunities
including individual assessment, work preparation course, the Linkway
Programme (offering courses developed specifically to support those
with mental health needs to gain confidence with learning) which
will start at the end of September, real work through Social Enterprises,
work experience, peer support meetings and dinners, volunteering,
work place assessment and job coaching, benefits information advice
and guidance, and ongoing support once placement in work has been
have a committed staff team of 9, including Employment Brokers (working
with individuals to help them move in to work), a Social Enterprise
Project Officer (developing real work opportunities through the
development of small, viable social businesses), and Employer Liaison
Worker (working with local employers to reduce stigma and discrimination
with regards to mental health in the workplace), and James Aylwin
Mentors (offering ongoing support to individuals as they take new
steps towards work).
can take confidential referrals from mental health practitioners,
on behalf of individuals but also offer people the opportunity to
self refer into the STEP Forward project.
are confident that over the next 2 years we will be able to provide
training and steps towards employment to over 400 individuals with
mental health needs in the Bracknell Forest area, and we look forward
to raising the funding to ensure that this project can become a
permanent support service for individuals with mental health needs.
more information please call the STEP forward team on 01344 860660
- we will be happy to send you an information pack.
set up in Bracknell. The group have regular meetings, but as yet
do not have a permanent base. If you are interested in meeting with
them or just require information, contact Gilllian on 01344 429251.
isthe leading support organisation for lone parent families in England
and Wales. Gingerbread was started in 1970 and is a registered charity
maintained by lone parents. Main site www.gingerbreak.org.uk
Great Hollands Breastfeeding Support Centre will be opening in January
offering support and information about breastfeeding to local mums
in Bracknell. The Finchampstead Breastfeeding Support Centre has
been open for over 3 years and women come to the centre for a number
of reasons, some come before their baby is born to find out a bit
more about breastfeeding, others need some support through the early
days. We also cover a whole variety of situations from thrush and
mastitis to general topics including sleep, weaning and going back
also have a phoneline which we call Supporterline, the number is
0870 900 8787 and it is open from 9.30am till 9.30 pm every
day of the week all through the year. Supporterline connects callers
to their nearest Breastfeeding Supporters, at any time there are
3 Supporters linked onto the Supporterline number, covering this
area, giving callers a good chance of getting help straight away.
you are interested in finding out about the new Great Hollands Centre
come along on Wednesdays between 12.30 and 2.30pm (from January
15th) to the Health Centre, Great Hollands Square, Bracknell.
We'll provide a drink and if you like you can bring a sandwich.
For more details give Supporterline a call.
Centre runs Tuesdays between 12.30 and 2pm at St James' Church Centre,
Church Lane, Finchampstead.
is also a website for the Breastfeeding Network www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
find your nearest Breastfeeding Supporter call the Supporterline
0870 900 8787
calls charged at national rate
have a large selection of toys suitable for children from birth
up to 12 years of age, which may be borrowed for up to 4 weeks at
a time for a modest charge.
are open every Saturday except Bank Holiday weekends 10:00am to
TO FIND US
are located within the Bracknell Voluntary Services Groups Centre.
Adjacent to the Bracknell Town Library is a small parade of shops,
the end one of which is occupied by the BCVS. The entrance to the
Toy Library is at the back of these premises in Service Yard B.
Service Yard B is clearly signposted from the Ring. Parking in Service
Yard B while using the Toy Library is FREE when displaying one of
our parking permits.
further information please telephone: 07005 803382
Toy Lending Library 4/5 Town Square Bracknell Berkshire RG12 1AT