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Community Strength

Supporting Individuals, Strengthening Communities

What is Eight Bells Community Strength?

We aim to prevent and reduce social isolation throughout West Berkshire.  We will encourage people of all ages to look after themselves, live independently and have a good quality of life. And we will support individual’s mental health and wellbeing.  We also want to help communities to develop their own strength and resilience so that they can thrive.  

Who will we help?

Through a referral process, we will support people aged 18 and above who:

  • are at risk of loneliness and isolation, 
  • have a long term medical condition,
  • experiencing mental ill health, 
  • have a physical or learning disability.

How do I refer to the Eight Bells Community Strength Service?

An organisation, charity, or someone you know can refer you to our service by completing the online referral form or you can complete the form yourself here: Referral Form

The person making the referral will be contacted within 5 working days of receipt of the referral

How will we do this?

We will use Community Navigators to encourage people to recognise and develop their own strengths and stay safe and well in their own homes.  

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What is a Community Navigator?

A Community Navigator is a fully trained volunteer who has good local knowledge and a clear understanding of what is going on in their local community.  They will be able to signpost and support local people to local services or join community-based activities, taking the time to understand the needs and interests of the person they are helping.  By building confidence, it will enable them to make better choices and build networks.   

How can you help?

Become a Community Navigator Volunteer in your local area.  

Become a Community Navigator

You can give as much or as little time as you have.  We are looking for people with the right attitude and qualities.  You must have friendly nature and good listening skills with the ability to connect with a range of people

Who do I contact? 

For an informal chat contact Andrea, the Community Strength Coordinator on 07985 404 302 or email community.strength@eightbellsnewbury.co.uk

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