Transform Housing & Support – Daily Drop-in service

Transform Housing& Support is now providing daily drop in service from our main office at 3 Anvil Court, 48 Denmark Street in Wokingham. In addition to this, we have started weekly drop in surgery sessions in Woodley and Lower Earley. This service is open to all vulnerable adults with housing related issues. Everyone is welcome to drop in, no referrals or appointments needed. We will see people on first come first served basis.

As some clients might have difficulties getting to Wokingham, we are now available every Monday at Ambleside Centre (9.30am to 11.30am) in Woodley and every Tuesday at the Crescent Centre in Lower Earley (10am to 12pm).

Transform Housing & Support EARLEY                             Transform Housing & Support WOODLEY

Free Yoga For Mums

Every Tuesday at 12.00 – 1.00

Venue – St Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

Description – Feeling stressed or depressed? Come along to a friendly and relaxing, drop-in yoga session for mums – babies are welcome too.  Plenty of room for buggies!!

This group is provided FREE by Berkshire Charity Sport In Mind to promote mental well-being.

07341 267740

info@sportinmind.org

Santa’s Grotto – Wokingham Winter Carnival – Sunday 26th November

We look forward to seeing you at the Home-Start Santa’s Grotto, located in the library at the Wokingham Winter Carnival.  So come along with your little ones to see Santa and say hi!

Transform Housing -Related Support Service

Our support service provides assistance with housing-related issues, to help people to stay living in their own homes.

The areas that are covered include:

Help with financial issues, budgeting, rent or mortgage payments, debts, applying for welfare benefits

Advice on maintaining a safe and secure home

Support with physical, emotional and mental health

Advice on finding training or employment

Liaison with partner agencies, for example the local authority

Support to access social and leisure activities

Signposting of other advice and support services

Our support service is available for adults with a range of needs including:

People with mental health problems

Learning disabilities and physical disabilities

Older people

People with drug and alcohol problems

Other vulnerable adults, including families with support needs

 

For further information on any of the above, please contact the  Transform office: Telephone 0118 978 7750 or email wokingham@transformhousing.org.uk

 

 

Food Banks

 Trussel Trust Foodbanks

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help . 

Wokingham Foodbank has now opened it’s doors. It is situated in Rose street, Wokingham next to Richard Worth and opens Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 13:30-15:30.

Crowthorne Foodbank  opens Monday & Thursday 12:00-14:00

Home-Start Wokingham District now holds a supply of vouchers which can be exchange for a food parcel at either location. If the family that you are supporting could benefit from a food parcel, please contact the office or your co-ordinator who will arrange to issue a voucher.

Each food parcel  contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.

WoodleyFoodbank is operated by Woodley Pilot Trust and involves all the churches in Woodley.  Anyone can access the food store who is suffering hardship.  To access a parcel, we or the family would need to contact either Lesley Brown (Office Manager) on 0118 9699956 between 8.30am – 12.30pm week days or John Honeybourne (co-ordinator) on 07806658995.  Delivery can be arranged by one of the volunteers if in the Woodley area, although the same day cannot be guaranteed.  There is also an opportunity to pickup one from Woodley Baptist Church if it is needed urgently and if the family are able to get there.

Free Cakes for Kids

Just a few of the wonderful cakes that have been to supplied to our families thanks to Free Cakes for Kids.

Birthday cake ND- Nike Birthday cake JD- ArsenalCars JDSpiderman PDReading FC OCMonsters Inc ASLiverpool FCButterflies CDFrozen EB1st Birthday KC

The first Free Cakes for Kids group in the UK was founded in December 2008. Having read about a similar project in the US, Henriette Lundgren adapted the model to her local community and set up the first Free cakes for Kids group in Oxford. Since then the group has grown steadily and helped many others start their own community groups.

As a result, the word spread and more and more groups began to bake under the Free Cakes for Kids UK banner. They are now active in more than 80 communities across the UK including Wokingham & Reading.

A big thank you to the co-ordinators and volunteer bakers from both Reading and Wokingham schemes for delivering the most amazing birthday cakes.

Camp Mohawk

Camp Mohawk  is a multi-functional day centre for children and young people (aged 0-19) with special needs. Set in beautiful countryside just outside Wargrave, the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space that are especially suited to the requirements of children who have a variety of special needs. Camp Mohawk has both indoor and outdoor facilities and operates different activity streams throughout the year, depending upon the season and weather. There is a heated outdoor swimming pool, sensory garden and an extensive woodland area for play. Indoor facilities include a large soft play room and ball-pit, sensory rooms for children (and parents!), an art space, computer games and catering facilities.

All of these wonderful facilities are available for families for a minimum donation of £12 per year. Membership gives your family access to the camp and all the facilities and activities for the whole summer season, plus access to special events and other services throughout the year.

 

For more information: Telephone 0118 940 4045 or info@campmohawk.org.uk

SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Special Educational Needs decision makers and provides free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance and support to:

  • Parents of children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities Parents with initial concerns about their child through to those with and Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement.

We aim to: 

  • Encourage cooperative working to ensure that children and young people’s individual needs are met Help parents, carers, children and young people to express their views
  • Provide information and support to enable parents, carers and young people to make informed choices for their child or themselves.

We are here to listen to any worries or concerns and provide a range of flexible services which include training and help with the following:

  • To understand and write reports and letters With the Statutory Assessment process for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) With annual reviews Support with the conversion of a statement to an EHCP Support in meetings with school, college or early years setting.
  • Support in meetings with education, health and social care professionals
  • To explore different options open to you for your child/young person’s education
  • Signpost to other organisations and support groups
  • Promote disagreement resolution where communication with a school or Local Authority is breaking down Support if your child/young person is at risk of, or has been excluded from school
  • To explain the right of appeal through the SEN Tribunal system
  • To support parents, carers children and young people undergoing assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan, or in course of transferrring from a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an LDA we can offer access to an Independent Supporter, either from within our service or from Adviza. These Independent Supporters are specifically trained to support through this process. 

Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council Who to Contact Telephone 0118 908 8233 sendiass@wokingham.gov.uk