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

ASD family Help charity

Welcome to the website of ASD Family Help.
The ASD Family Help charity is a ‘User Led’ independent and voluntary group that offers free support and advice to individuals on the autistic spectrum, their parents, carers and professionals within Wokingham Borough, Berkshire UK.
We aim to help improve services for children and adults with ASD, their parents, carers & professionals, through raising awareness of ASD by providing (subject to funding):-

  • support to parents/carers through weekly support meetings,
  • free advice and information through email, face-to-face, and our website
  • social activities for ASD Children and Young People
  • social activities for ASD Adults
  • social activities for families,
  • evening & overnight breaks for Female Family Carers
  • evening & overnight breaks for Male Family Carers
  • training across the Borough
  • Life Skills & Customer Service Training to Adults with ASD.
  • Employment to Adults with ASD
  • Social Activities for Young Carers/Siblings

Refer to the ASD Family website for further support and details regarding forthcoming events.

http://www.asdfamilyhelp.org

 

 

 

 

The Engine Shed – Reading

The Engine Shed is a special interest group for children and young people with autism. The club enables young people on the autistic spectrum with an interest in trains to come together with their peers to observe, play, talk and enjoy their hobby in a welcoming, safe and relaxing environment – and where parents can have a chance to relax, and talk in a supportive atmosphere.

Model railways and train sets for all abilities are set up and a range of train-related resources are available for children to play with. 

At the moment there are two groups: one in Reading and one in Chingford, North East London. Both groups meet monthly. There are also occasional opportunities with both groups to visit special train related attractions in their areas.

 If you would like to know more, require clarifications or just want to check sessions are on before you travel, please contact the Coordinator Sarah at reading@theengineshed.org.uk. There are also updates on their Facebook page, and you can follow them on twitter too.

 Venue (except for days out):

Katesgrove Children’s Centre, Waterloo Meadows, Elgar Rd, Off Berkley Avenue, Reading, RG2 0BN

 From 11 – 2pm. Free biscuits and drinks. Free entry. All welcome!

www.theengineshed.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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