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This support group meets once per half term. In the group of parents, some have children with a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD, some have children with autism or Aspergers traits and some have children with other special educational needs but with traits of ADHD/ADD. There are also parents of children who are going through the process of assessment and diagnosis.

They meet very informally and it is an opportunity to chat to other parents who experience similar challenges and to share ideas. Any parents in similar circumstances are welcome to come and join them. The group meets at The Monkey Puzzle in Southwood, Farnborough at 7.30pm.

For a chat or more information please contact Tracy Clement.

Opening hours 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 3.30pm on Friday.

The HIVE Information Service is available to all members of the Service Community including serving personnel, both married and single together with their families and dependants, as well as civilians employed by the Services.

The HIVE offers an extensive range of information on UK and overseas relocation; service families and single living accommodation; affordable housing schemes; childcare and early years provision; primary, secondary, post 16 and adult education; healthcare; employment; shopping including discount outlets; leisure and recreation for adults and children; extended services and out of hours activities; motoring and travel; insurance, legal and financial; welfare and community support; pets and animal services; refuse collection and recycling; and cleaning companies

In addition, the HIVE can offer support to families whose loved ones are currently on deployment.

Autism Ambassador Scheme logo

The Autism Ambassador Scheme for Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight was launched in 2015 in line with the Department of Health recommendations in the Think Autism strategy. The aim of the scheme is to raise awareness of autism in our communities and improve outcomes for individuals living with autism. Autism Ambassadors will act as a change agent by promoting Think Autism in their organisations and daily lives; identify reasonable adjustments that can be made within an environment; and signpost individuals to additional information on autism, professionals and resources.

Branches is a local mental health support group. All the Branches groups and activities are designed to be easy for people to access and are open to self-referrals.

Broadhurst Small Grants logo

Broadhurst is a local charity that provides help and support to those with serious mental illness in Rushmoor and the surrounding area. They provide grants to individuals, groups and local services. For individuals, small grants are available to those with significant mental illness (but not simply distressed by circumstances). Generally these are up to £500 although they can be up to £1,000. Help is provided in areas such as debt relief, education or vocational training, household or kitchen equipment, and respite care.

More information on small grants and an online application pro-forma can be found on their website. There is also information on grants to groups and local services.

Catch-22 logo

Catch-22 is a local charity with a national reach and works with young people who find themselves in difficult situations. They provide a specialist treatment service for young people in Hampshire.

Citizens Advice Rushmoor logo

Citizens Advice Rushmoor give free, confidential advice on most subjects from debt, benefits, housing and employment, to law, immigration and discrimination. They are independent and give advice in an unbiased way. They have offices in Farnborough and Aldershot.

Creating Futures (Formerly The Gaming Zone) logo

Creating Futures is a charity that offers youth projects, play, leisure activities, advice and information for children and young people across Rushmoor. For more information about any of the projects managed by Creating Futures please visit the website.

deafPlus - Drop In Service logo

A drop in service for deaf and hard of hearing people living in and around Farnborough. Information, help, advice and advocacy. Sessions are held on the first Monday of the month from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

DisabledGo - The Access Guide to Rushmoor logo

DisabledGo is a service that provides online access information to disabled people. This includes information about access to hotels, restaurants, colleges, tourist attractions, libraries, hospitals, community buildings and so on. The website is designed to assist anyone who would like to know more about access to venues and service providers.

Information specifically about venues in Aldershot and Farnborough is available through this weblink.

Domestic Violence logo

Domestic abuse can include physical, emotional, sexual or financial abuse. If this applies to you, or someone you know, you can find out about what your options are by accessing information on the Safer North Hampshire website.

There are also two booklets available on the website, for parents and practitioners, which offer advice on how to talk to children about domestic abuse. The two guides are “Talking to children about domestic violence and abuse” and "Parenting during and after domestic violence and abuse”.

See also the entry for the North East Hampshire Domestic Violence Forum.

Domestic Violence - Information Booklet for Practitioners Working with Families logo

An information booklet for schools and pre-schools, compiled by the North East Hampshire Domestic Violence Forum, is distributed to all schools, pre-schools and toddler groups in Rushmoor and Hart. If you would like an electronic or hard copy of the booklet, please contact Karen Evans by email or phone.

The booklet aims to provide guidance about how to handle disclosures, signs to look out for and local support which is available to families affected by domestic abuse.

Domestic Violence - Posters in Nepali logo

Posters in Nepali advertising the Rushmoor and Hart Nepali domestic abuse helpline number, as well as other national numbers, are available. The helpline number is 01252 398939. Although the telephone line will not be staffed or able to take messages it is there to provide Nepali speakers with basic information about domestic abuse and how to call for help. For more information contact Karen Evans, the Chair of the North East Hampshire Domestic Violence Forum, by email or phone.

Early Intervention in Psychosis Service logo

The EIIP (Early Intervention in Psychosis service) work with individuals and their families in Surrey and North East Hampshire to help recovery from the early stages of psychosis.

Farnborough Foodbank logo

The Centre is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12.00 noon to 2.30pm for clients with food vouchers and also for people wishing to donate food.

Farnborough Foodbank is part of a UK-wide network of over 400 foodbanks which are providing emergency food to people in crisis. They also give food which provides lunches, for those children who have free school meals, during the school holidays. They also deliver food parcels in some circumstances and can signpost families to other organisations if other help is needed.

They supply tinned and dried food, long life drinks and treats but not cooked meals.

Their mobile number is 07954 105 279 and from Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 2.30pm they can also be called on 01252 331668.

The Farnborough Foodbank have opened a Foodbank Distribution Centre in Aldershot at New Testament Church, 83 Victoria Road, Aldershot GU11 1SH. The distribution centre is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1.00-2.30pm for those people who have been given a food voucher to enable them to receive a food parcel.
For further details please email or phone 01252 331 668.

Farnborough Foodbank has a charity shop in North Camp at 30 Camp Road, Farnborough GU14 6EW. It is open six days a week from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

Food Hygiene Ratings logo

Every business that sells or serves food in Rushmoor has been rated for food hygiene by Rushmoor Borough Council. The ratings are based on the standards observed at the time of the last inspection. A rating of “5” is “Very Good” and “4” means “Good”. In other words, you can be confident that the food has been prepared and stored in a safe and hygienic way. “3” shows a business is operating at a “Satisfactory” standard. A score of “2”, “1” or ”0” shows the business needs to make improvements.

Some businesses promote their rating by displaying a window sticker, but you can check the hygiene rating of every food business in and around Rushmoor online.

Gateway Card logo

The Gateway Card is for children and young people who have a disability and/or additional needs and may require support to participate in leisure and recreation activities; are between 0 to 19 years old; and live in Hampshire and/or attend a school in Hampshire (excluding Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight as they have similar schemes). The Gateway Card is free and will give you access to activities, play schemes and buddy schemes available through Hampshire's short breaks programme.

To find out how to get a Gateway Card please visit the website.

The Advice Centre is co-located with the CAB Aldershot. An appointment has to be made to access their services.

HAV is the parent, carers and people with autism group established within the Hampshire Autism Partnership Board. It has been developed to give a voice and active involvement to people with autism, their families and carers. HAV actively participates in the planning, delivery and monitoring of services for children, young people and adults with autism living in Hampshire.

Information and advice from the Hampshire Police.


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