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Clinical Commissioning Groups award £90,000 to local mental health charities

Clinical Commissioning Groups award £90,000 to local mental health charities providing youth counselling services across Bracknell, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead and Slough areas.

Supporting children and young people with mental health needs is a priority for the East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups. Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Transformation Plan sets out the ways we are tackling this area by increasing investment and supporting the development of new services, including a specialist eating disorder service for young people. Funding was only agreed late in the year so we had the opportunity to invest some unallocated funds in counselling services, provided by not-for-profit organisations.

A number of studies have been conducted including a recent survey by the Association of School and College Leaders[1] all highlighting the challenges faced by schools in helping children with a range of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders.

Dr Katie Simpson, GP Lead for Mental Health, commented that “Bracknell and Ascot CCG, Slough CCG and Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG have awarded funding to three local organisations that were successful in a bidding process to provide additional counselling and support to children and young people. This money will enable the three organisations to expand their services and increase access to talking therapies which we know are a real help to children and young people with mental health needs. In total, £90,000 has been awarded to these organisations and their work will feed in to our wider efforts to address the mental health needs of children and young people.”

The three successful bidders are:

“Youthline” – covering the Bracknell area;

“Family Friends Windsor” covering Windsor and

“Windsor and Maidenhead Counselling” covering Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough.

Martin Gocke, Chair of Trustees at Youthline commented that: “The Youthline team welcomes our inclusion in this important project. The grant will enable us to strengthen our services, equipping our counsellors to offer face to face support to more young people across Bracknell Forest and Ascot.

“Youthline has been providing face to face counselling for young people for nearly 30 years. It is a well-established local charity supported by local councils, other charitable organisations, corporate sponsorship and voluntary donations. Counselling is offered on a one to one basis to young people between the ages of 12 and 25 at our main base at The Lodge at Coopers Hill. Clients live, attend school and work in Bracknell Forest and Ascot.  Contact can be made through

Shula Tajima, Counselling Co-ordinator at Windsor and Maidenhead Counselling (Youthtalk and Number 22) said “we are so pleased to have received this funding from the CCG, it will help us enormously to carry on the work we are doing when tackling this painful issue.  It will also help us to grow and expand, reducing the waiting times before seeing a counsellor, which is such a crucial issue for us to address. Further information on our services can be found at ”

Asma Aziz, Public Relations and Fundraising Executive at Family Friends in Windsor and Maidenhead commended that “we are delighted to have received a grant from NHS Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG.  This grant will enable us to support children aged 7 – 13 years experiencing difficulties that result in feeling insecure, lonely and self-blaming, which can lead to self-harm and eating disorders and putting themselves at risk.  The grant will enable us to prevent declining mental health and promote positive emotional well-being through the provision of group and one to one support to children affected by domestic abuse, anxiety and mental health issues.”

“Family Friends aim to use part of the grant to train members of staff, volunteers and parents on Self Harm Awareness training so that self-harm issues can be recognised in children and intervened before it becomes severe.  We would like to thank CCG for providing Family Friends with the opportunity to support local children in need.  For more information about what we do please visit ”
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Talk Before you Walk – Stay healthy and safe this Easter

With the long bank holiday weekend fast approaching, it is important to think about your health and what to do if you are feeling unwell. During public holidays pharmacies and GP practices operate under reduced opening hours meaning it is advisable to ensure you have anything you might need prior to the start of the holiday.

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday
period. This can be a very busy time for the local NHS, so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.

Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine, so make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit including:

  • paracetamol or Ibuprofen for pain and/or fever (in  adults and children);
  • medicine to combat diarrhoea;
  • rehydration mixture;
  • plasters;
  • a thermometer.

Download your copy of the NHS “Your Guide to Local Primary Care and Urgent Care Services in Bracknell and Ascot”.

Call NHS 111

When you need help quickly but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 where friendly, highly-trained staff are available to talk to you directly about your health concerns. Advisors are supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask questions about your symptoms and then offer healthcare advice or direct you to the service that can help you best.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is FREE to call from landlines or mobile phones.

Health information is also available around the clock at:

Speak to your local pharmacist

Your pharmacy is a good place to start when you need health advice. Pharmacists can offer advice about minor illnesses, such as ear ache, stomach upsets and diarrhoea as well as provide over-the-counter medication for everyday ailments such as coughs and colds but can also.

Pharmacies offer stop smoking advice, the morning-after pill, advice on how to manage your medicines – and most have private consulting rooms so you don’t need to explain what’s wrong with the possibility of other people listening in.

Click to view local pharmacy opening times during the Easter Bank Holiday.

Talk before you Walk – where to go for help

Emergency departments and 999 are for serious or critical conditions or life-threatening emergencies only.

There are many real alternatives available so ‘Talk before you Walk’ to make sure you get the right NHS care for you.

Bracknell Urgent Care Centre
Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace
London Road
Bracknell, RG12 9BG
Tel: 01344 55 11 00Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the yearThe centre treats minor injuries and illnesses that need immediate assessment and treatment but don’t require a visit to A&E. The centre is led by nurses and supported by a GP at all times – but it is not an alternative to your GP surgery which should be contacted first if at all possible.Waiting times vary, depending on the time of day and the number of patients, and staff will prioritise certain groups of people, including children and the elderly. If you are kept waiting, please be patient.
St Marks Urgent Care Centre
St Marks Hospital
112 St. Marks Road
Maidenhead, SL6 6DU
Tel: 03000 242000OpenMonday to Friday 8.30 am to 5.00pm; Saturday and Sunday (Bank Holidays) 9am to 1.00pm.The centre is for minor injuries and ailments including bites and stings, foot and hand injuries, cuts and bruises, back pain, strains and sprains, burns and scalds, eye problems, panic attacks, breathing problems, fever, rashes etc.Additional services include weekday x-rays for minor fractures (for all patients over two years) and advice and support for long-term conditions such as high blood pressure and heart and lung diseases.
Slough Walk-in Health Centre
Upton Hospital
Albert Street, SL1 2BJ
Tel: 01753 635505Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the yearThe centre is available for people with minor illnesses and injuries that don’t require an x-ray.No appointments are necessary. Just turn up but please be patient as there may be queues at certain times.

For further information visit NHS Choices.