Family Health & Support

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Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart logo

Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. Volunteers offer friendship, help, advice and support to parents of young children who find it hard to cope with the stresses and difficulties of everyday life. This support can help to prevent family crisis and breakdown and is available to any parent in the area as long as at least one child is under five. Referrals for support can be made by professionals working with families or families themselves.

They have regular opportunities for volunteers. If you have 2 to 3 hours per week to spare you could make a big difference to a local family. Home-Start offer thorough preparation and support for volunteers and opportunities for self-development. The only ‘qualification’ they ask for is that volunteers are parents or have parenting experience.

For further information on support available from Home-Start Rushmoor & Hart or volunteering opportunities, please contact Amanda Hardacre, Co-ordinator.

The club is held on Fridays from 10.00am to 2.00pm. The typical customer will be looking at entry level jobs and needing some basic support with goal setting, identifying transferable skills and writing a CV. This is a religious organisation and although those attending do not have to be Christians, they will be required to sit through prayer sessions. For more information please call Susan Didi.

Caudwell Children logo

Caudwell Children is a national charity which provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families. They also run their Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes and their Destination Dreams holidays for children fighting life threatening conditions. For full details of their services and funding visit the website.

Job Club - The Vine Day Centre logo

Do you need access to a computer or some help with applying for jobs, job searching and CVs? The Job Club at The Vine Day Centre can help. It runs each Monday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The Job Club is run by JJD Training. They can provide support with job seeking, job applications, setting up UJM accounts, CVs, interviews and training opportunities plus all other aspects of work preparation. Free refreshments.

If you would like to attend you can phone them or just drop in on a Monday morning. No appointment is needed.

Family Fund logo

Parents of children and young adults who are disabled or seriously ill are able to apply for a share of the Family Fund. The fund is designed to make life easier for low-income families with disabled and seriously ill children and young people. The money can be used for days out, garden play equipment, computers, toys and kitchen appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information on how to apply visit the website. Applications can be made by the parent or carer and young people aged 16 and 17 can apply in their own right.

Loan sharks are illegal money lenders who don’t have a Consumer Credit Licence.

Cerebra logo

Cerebra is a charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and direct support of the children and their carers. They have a grants scheme which funds up to 80% of the cost of equipment and services to help make life easier and more enjoyable for children with a neurological condition. They also produce Cerebra News which is a free monthly e-newsletter, sent out by email, which contains the latest news from the charity.

A martial arts academy for young people. The objective of the Academy is to provide a fun, challenging environment for young people involved in anti-social behaviour or with behavioural issues. The Academy is designed to foster a spirit of team work, self respect and discipline while being influenced by positive and relevant role models. The young people involved will take part in mixed martial arts, healthy living and safety education and various fitness exercises. There will also be inspirational talks from ex-offenders and celebrities which are designed to challenge the perception of the young people both of themselves and their views of society.

Referrals are taken by the organiser, Sam Rowe, for males and females aged between 16 and 21. Sessions will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Each course will last for 12 weeks and will include 24 sessions.

For more information contact Sam Rowe by email or phone.

Contact a Family is a national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. They offer support, information and advice and campaign for families to receive a better deal.

Tourettes Action logo

They offer information and support to people with Tourettes and those living with people with TS.

A website offering jobs, work experience and internships in the film industry.

Listening Books logo

Listening Books runs a postal and online audiobook library with over 7,000 titles available for both adults and children. 5,000 titles are available as downloads. Listening Books not only caters for people with visual impairments but their service is also open to anyone who struggles to read or hold a book due to an illness, disability or learning difficulty such as dyslexia. Their titles span a huge range of genres including the latest bestsellers, classics, historical novels and crime, as well as non-fiction titles. For children and young people they not only provide a range of fiction but also support the school curriculum, providing set-texts and study guides.

They currently provide their service to around 23,000 people across the UK but regularly apply for funding to provide free membership for those who would find their usual fees a barrier to joining. They currently have funding for people who live in Farnborough and Aldershot. For more information please contact Jennifer Ades by email or phone. You can also visit the website.

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

Hampshire Short Breaks logo

Hampshire Short Breaks enable children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs to join in with safe, fun and interesting activities and will give parents or carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring.

The Hampshire Short Breaks programme are keen to support both specialist and mainstream activity providers to further develop their skills to work with disabled children and young people. Parents and carers may want to access some of the training available too. More details of the learning and development opportunities available are in the Activity Providers section of the website.

National Careers Service logo

Everything you need to take your next career step in one place.

This group gives parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs a voice on the local issues that really matter to them. Their mailing list allows them to keep people informed of future meetings, local developments and news. If you are interested in coming along to meetings and/or joining the mailing list please contact Natalie Walker, Participation Worker for Hart and Rushmoor.

Mustard Seed is a registered charity that offers professional and practical support to families in the Hart and Rushmoor area living with autism. Their service is aimed at families with children on the autistic spectrum aged between 3 and 11. They offer support in the home with communication, social, sensory and anxiety issues, as well as daily routines, behaviour, play, self-help skills and accessing the community.

A Local Language Bank scheme is run by Hampshire Advice Plus. The scheme offers volunteer interpreters who provide an interpreting service to local charities and community groups providing advice. The volunteers make advice accessible for those who do not speak English as a first or primary language.

For more information contact Helen Corkery, Project Manager at Hampshire Advice Plus.

ACTION4autism logo

The ACTION4autism website was set up to help, support and signpost parents and carers of children and adults diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and other similar conditions.

The Source Young People's Charity logo

The Source is a youth charity aimed at building relationships with young people, and providing them with support, volunteering opportunities and a safe place to ‘be, belong and become’. They have contact with around 1,500 young people each year aged between 10 to 25 in Aldershot, North East Hampshire and the Surrey borders. Their projects include a team of detached youth workers; youth work training for young volunteers, aged 16 – 25, to work in the Ketchup club; a mentoring programme to give one to one support to 10 – 18 year olds struggling with life; a training programme for mentors; a teenage parent mentoring service; an anger management programme for those whose aggression is seriously affecting their life; anger management training for adult professionals or volunteers working with young people; and a youth cafe.

For more details of all their activities please visit the website.


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