Eight Bells is open!
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Happy New Year to all our members and supporters.
Eight Bells for Mental Health’s drop in sessions has opened since Thursday January 6th, our usual COVID safety protocols are in place and we continue to monitor Government Health announcements.
Coordinator Kathryn is back for mental health and admin support.
Our Seated Yoga and Meditation sessions , and Art Therapy Class started on Monday Jan 10th at their usual times of 10.30am and 1pm respectively.
An exciting new class “ Links to Thrive” – run by the Corn Exchange – began on Thursday Jan 13th at Eight Bells for Mental Health 10.30am to 12.30pm , more details to follow.
Note: If you are displaying symptoms or have any concerns phone the NHS COVID hotline on 119, if you need more urgent health advice and support call 111. You must self isolate and a test as soon as possible.
NHS – Before you contact us, our frequently asked questions may provide the answers you are looking for. For information about coronavirus (COVID-19) including vaccination and testing and tracing for coronavirus, visit the NHS website. You can also find guidance and support on GOV.UK.
NHS Test and Trace – if you have a question about NHS Test and Trace including help getting a test, test results, the self-isolation and quarantine rules, or raising a complaint, you can get help by visiting the Test and Trace Digital Service or by calling 119.
The latest regulations state that we are allowed a maximum of 20 members in the building at each session and we encourage all members to book in advance. We will be opening every Friday.
Our drop in sessions will re-open soon as follows:
Monday 9am to 6pm
Thurdsay 9am to 6pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
Coordinator Kathryn is running 1-1 appointments for specific advocacy and support at The Meeting House, 1, Highfield Avenue, Newbury and at York House, 50, Andover Road,Newbury RG14 6JW throughout the week, these must be booked in advance.
Our phone and email address are manned during the following times:
Monday and Thursday 9am to 6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-5pm
Please note our new contact details:
Mobile: 07387 962220
Our Peer Supporters have set to up a WhatsApp Group to offer friendship and a listening ear to all members, please email us if you would like to join.
Unfortunately all our activities have been postponed until further notice however we are still running prize bingo, quizzes and an informal art therapy session every Monday.
Monday and Thursday 10am Prize Bingo or Quiz
Monday 11am Seated Yoga and Meditation
Monday 1pm Art Therapy
Friday 10am to 1pm Nature Therapy at the Thatcham Discovery Centre
Other Mental Health Support during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you need mental health support, please contact Talking Therapies service or the Common Point of Entry (CPE) team. You will be able to speak with a mental health practitioner who will direct you to the right service, including support from our Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team.
Talking Therapies 0300 365 0200
Visit Talking Therapies Berkshire website
CPE 0300 365 0300
You should only call NHS111 if you have a physical health concern. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate service. Only in a medical emergency should you contact 999 or attend the local A&E department.
If it’s a medical emergency, call 999 straight away.
Mental Health Crisis Team
If you need urgent help, but it’s not an emergency, you can call the Mental Health Crisis Team 0300 365 0300 or 0300 365 9999
If you need someone to talk to, you can also contact:
Sane Line 0300 304 7000 (open 4.30pm – 10.30pm every day)
Visit Sane Line website
Samaritans 116 123 (24 hours every day) Visit Samaritans website
See our HELPLINE page for other useful contact numbers.
For practical help contact the Community Hub.
A new Community Support Hub has been set up to support those residents who are most vulnerable in our communities and provide them with the help they cannot access anywhere else.
The Community Support Hub works with local community groups to match vulnerable people who need help and support with those best able to provide it. The Hub can also help those people who want to volunteer in their community but don’t know where to begin. This includes mental health support and practical support such as picking up shopping or medication and being at the end of the phone for a chat for those who are feeling lonely; all while adhering to national guidance on staying safe and social distancing.
The hub is open from Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Friday to Sunday 8:30am to 4:30pm. You can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01635 503579.