Eight Bells for Mental Health offers a welcoming and supportive environment to anyone who is experiencing mental health issues in Newbury, Thatcham and surrounding areas.
The charity work tirelessly to help members improve their lives, wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem through volunteering and training opportunities, access to projects, a range of activities and peer support from a dedicated team of volunteers.
We help service users overcome stigma, prejudice, discrimination and isolation so they can enjoy a quality of life others take for granted. We offer advice on a range of issues such as finance, housing, benefits, and employment and are able to refer members for specialist counselling and support if their mental health deteriorates.
We are a uniquely members-led organisation where service users have a hand and say in the way our charity runs and elect their own management committee at an annual AGM.
Our longest-serving members offer basic mentoring and a one-to-one friendship scheme to new and more vulnerable service users which has been hugely successful,
Our award-winning Art Group meets every Monday afternoon for members of all abilities, other activities include Nature Therapy at The Thatcham Discovery Centre , Meditation and Yoga Sessions, gardening, day trips and access to courses such as Food Health and Hygiene, First Aid, Mental Health lite Courses, Peer Support and Advocacy.
There are laptops and high speed Broadband for members’ use and a catering team which offers s freshly cooked lunch at every session.
Eight Bells receives a number of referrals from GP’s , the Community Mental Health Team, West Berkshire Social Services, and other health professionals and organisations as well as private families and individuals.
A referral is not required though , members who would like to join are asked to fill in a confidential membership form.