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MIND Buckinghamshire, Friends in Need , is running Mindful Meditation  at Lynwood Retirement Village, Sunninghill, Ascot, on Wednesdays.

New! Mindfulness Meditation Guided Practice and Discussion Classes in Ascot |  You are warmly invited to join Friends in Need, in association with Bucks MIND,  for guided mindfulness meditation and discussion sessions , at "Woody's", Woodland View, Lynwood Retirement Village, Rise Road, Sunninghill, Ascot SL5 0AJ, every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 to 4pm. These sessions are offered by MIND free of charge, on a drop-in basis, so you can attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. Please note the guided practice will start at 3pm. Mindfulness practice is a skill that can be learnt, like any other skill. Practising mindfulness involves cultivating the ability to be aware of your present-moment thoughts and feelings with a non-judgmental attitude of kindness towards yourself and whatever it is that you are experiencing. Practising mindfulness can improve your capacity to cope with whatever life throws at you – we cannot always control what happens to us but with mindfulness we can develop the capacity to choose how to respond to it, rather than just reacting to it. Mindfulness helps us to realise that thoughts are just thoughts - we do not have to "believe" our own thoughts any more than we have to believe some else's thoughts! The guided practice is done seated in a chair and will begin with a progressive muscle relaxation exercise, followed by whole body deep relaxation, designed to help you develop greater capacity for present-moment self-awareness, and with that the capacity to free yourself from being controlled by unhelpful and habitual negative thought patterns and their concommitant behaviours.

Read more: MIND Buckinghamshire Friends in Need | Mindful Meditation | Lynwood | Wednesdays

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Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
 
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
 
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit www.ourwatch.org.uk and enter your postcode. 

Read more: Neighbourhood Watch - Ascot Area

RBWM :: Childrens services

Ascot & Sunnings residents  now have a brand new local information website where they can find out about services for children and families across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The new web address is: www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk and users will need to update their favourite bookmarks as the old site will no longer be available.

The new look website has been created by Achieving for Children, who deliver children’s services on behalf of the Royal Borough, to offer a more user-friendly format and replaces the existing Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer site (www.rbwm.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer).

After a complete review of the former site and using best practice from the successful Kingston and Richmond AfCInfo/Local Offer, local families now have an up to date web channel to help them access information and services.

Kevin McDaniel, Director of Children's Services - Achieving for Children, said:

Read more: New RBWM Local Information Website for Children and Families.

If you're feeling stressed and anxious and would like help, contact talkingtherapies@berkshire.nhs.uk , call 0300 365 2000 or visit www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk

2020 | Talking Therapies Stress Less Workshops are FREE four week workshops running one evening per week from 6.30pm – 8pm across Berkshire. The workshops teach strategies to support managing stress including learning ways to manage worry, feelings of panic and sleep.

The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Link Group offers support for people with self destructive behaviour, anxiety, depression,  impulsiveness and relationships. Contact the NHS Berkshire Complex Needs Service. Call the 0790 989 3123. 

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