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Support Groups

South Central Veterans Service

SCVS is a specialist and dedicated mental health service with experience of working with people who have served in the British armed forces (regular or reserves). We cover Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

For more information about self-referring or GP referrals see http://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/ServiceCatInfo.asp?id=119 

Dementia Web Oxfordshire DAA

We aim to help people with dementia, their carers and health professionals find information about dementia and the support and care services available to them in Oxfordshire.

The Oxfordshire Dementia Information Line
0844 887 0005

Hosted by Age UK Oxfordshire provides information for anyone in Oxfordshire between 8am to 7pm, daily.

Guideposts Trust and dementia web have a national dementia helpline.
0845 120 4048

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

They also offer the Dementia Information Prescription

SAMARITANS

Samaritans listen, it's confidential, they won't judge callers, they respect callers' decisions.

If you would like a confidential chat phone 01295/270000 or 08457/909090 email jo@smaritans.org text 07725/909090 or drop in to 33 Albert Street Banbury OX16 5DG (open most days 10.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 – 22.00 but call 08457/909090 before you set out)

www.banburysamaritans.org

Do you have a few hours to spare each month?

Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers (RCV) aims to give people with a physical disability the opportunity to pursue a leisure, learning or sporting activity of their own choice. They have many different activities but in particular are looking for the following.

For more information call Susan Linnett on 07518/300387 or email susan.linnett@rcv.org.uk

PAWS – Parents autism workshops & support

Paws workshops are designed to provide parents with the information and long–term support for sourcing, choosing, handling and training a pet dog specifically to benefit a child with an autism spectrum condition, and the family as a whole.

For more information contact PAWS@dogsforthedisabled.org ring 01295/759836 or go to the websitehttp://paws.dogsforthedisabled.org

RESTORE

Restore is a mental health charity that is part of the Oxfordshire Recovery Service, commissioned by the Oxfordshire PCT and Oxfordshire County Council under Keeping People Well. They offer a range of structured interventions including gardening, woodwork and crafts.

The Orchard, north Oxfordshire's Recovery Service, Calthorpe Street, Banbury. Telephone 01295/709414.

The centre will be open Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 pm. Wednesday is women only day.

Go Active Oxfordshire!

Go Active offers high quality, fun and affordable activities, for people getting back into exercise or those wanting to try something new.

Activities include

  • Nordic walking – social walking (poles provided)
  • Seated exercise for those with limited mobility
  • Social cycling – two hours including a refeshment break
  • Post–natal exercise at Britannia Road Children's centre
  • Just jog – jog leaders to help you get started

For more information go to www.getoxfordshireactive.orgor email hazel.field@cherwell-dc.cgov.uk call 01295/221715 (Tuesday – Thursday)

Go Active! Seated Yoga in Banbury

This is a chance to stretch and strengthen your muscles and joints, while you focus and train your breathing; all done seated on chairs. Classes are held at the Education Centre in South Bar House, Banbury on Mondays from 1.15 – 2.15 pm from 5 November. Charges are £3 a session with carers attending free of charge. For more information contact Sam on 07876/792404

Control your condition, don't let it control you

The Expert Patient Programme offers free courses for people living with long–term health conditions where you can

  • learn new skills to manage your health condition
  • develop confidence in the daily management of your specific condition(s)
  • meet others and share similar experiences
  • learn about developing more effective relationships with healthcare professionals

For more information call FREEPHONE 0800 988 5520 or email enquiries@eppcic.co.uk

Cancer care choices for young people

If you are aged between 19 and 24 and have been diagnosed with cancer you may have a choice about where you receive your care. The Cancer Care Choices website aims to guide you through some of the decisions you're able to make.

For more information go to http://www.nhs.uk/young-cancer-care/Pages/index.aspx

Patients wanted for Oxfordshire Link

From doing outreach around Oxfordshire this summer, Oxfordshire LINk has found that making appointments at the GP surgery is a major talking point. We would like to invite members of the public with an interest in this topic to take part in a focus group to talk about GP surgeries and access to appointments.

We will look at questions like...

  • How easy is it for you to make an appointment?
  • What do you think of your surgery's opening times?

At the end we'll look at how best to present this information to surgeries. With our help what would you do next?

Oxfordshire LINk is an independent organisation. This is a voluntary role butall travel expenses will be reimbursed and lunch provided.

Please email the LINk at oxfordshirelink@makesachange.org.uk if you wish to take part. We look forward to hearing from you!

Help during a Power cut for priority users

If you depend on electricity for home medical care, you could register with the Priority Service Register. This service means that your electricity supplier will do everything possible to help during an emergency power cut.

You should register if you are using any medical equipment, particularly any of the following

  • Nebuliser
  • Heart and lung machine
  • Kidney dialysis machine
  • Oxygen machine
  • Ventilator
  • Apnoea monitor
  • Any other medical dependencies

To register you can collect a leaflet from the Surgery waiting room or, if you would just like to know, more call the general enquiry line on 0800 096 3080

OXFORDSHIRE MIND

Oxfordshire Mind provides vital help and support to people across the county who are experiencing mental and emotional health problems such as anxiety, bereavement, depression, life crisis, loneliness, recovery from breakdowns, panic attacks, post-natal depression, stress and schizophrenia.

MIND relies on donations and support from the public to develop their work and have lots of events that are fun as well as important fundraisers.

For the latest information see www.oxfordshire-mind.org.uk or https://www.facebook.com/mind.gigsevents

ADHD Oxfordshire

ADHD Oxfordshire offers information and support for anyone affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  There is also a monthly support group in Eynsham on the last Tuesday of every month (except December) from 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Thames Street, Eynsham OX29 4HF.

There are also training sessions and other meetings as well as coaching. For more information emailadhd.oxfordshire@virgin.net , phone 01865 731378 or visit the website www.adhdoxfordshire.co.uk

Age UK - Community Information Network Directory

This new online search tool is free and simple to use. It features a wide variety of activities, support and opportunities to help people live life to the full. With more than 1700 items listed, you can find out about exercise classes, singing groups, lunch clubs, WIs, mobile libraries and many more.

To browse go to www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire or you can call the Community Information Network on 0345 450 1276 and we will search for you.



 
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