Domestic abuse charity continues to receive council support

The vital work of a domestic abuse charity has received a funding boost of almost £100,000 thanks to the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The council has extended its partnership with The Dash Charity, which provides specialist support to those who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse in the borough.  

A one-year contract extension with the charity, valued at £97,000, will run from 1 April this year to March 2022.

It will support an independent domestic violence advisor service, an outreach domestic abuse service and a children’s restorative programme.

Councillor Stuart Carroll, cabinet member for adult social care, children’s services, health and mental health, said: “The Dash Charity is an absolutely crucial service in supporting victims of domestic abuse which, sadly, has seen an increase in demand for its services during lockdown.

Read more: RBWM Continues Support for Domestic Charity

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Bracknell Forest Libraries are working with the Reading Agency to use the proven power of reading to tackle loneliness and support mental health, as part of the country’s COVID-19 recovery.

The 'Read, Talk, Share' campaign provides the opportunity to offer Reading Friends, a reading befriending programme which starts conversations and connects people who are lonely and isolated.

Bracknell Forest Libraries have received £10,500 of funding from the Reading Agency to take part in the programme. We have a very busy schedule of virtual events planned for the end of February and throughout March, plus we are adding new weekly “Get Fit with Sarah” sessions, with seated exercise for people who prefer this gentler form of movement, and children’s exercise sessions as well (the first starting on Wednesday 24th March at 2pm, the second on Monday 15 March at 9.30am), a mental health support group, a knit and natter virtual group and a chat on food and cooking. Just check our website for more information and future events:

For children the programme currently includes:...

Read more: Read Talk Share | Befriending Programme at Local Libraries

So Much Improvement with a Little Exercise. The SMILE programme is an exercise and activity club for you if you're over 50. You can enjoy SMILE memberships, SMILE sessions, Half Century Club and SMILE hikes at locations all around the Royal Borough and take away an 'At Home Workout' book to supplement your sessions.



LAST year more than 90    Samaritans volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts branch answered 20,781 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national suicide prevention charity. Overall, 21,007 volunteers responded to 5,331,295 calls for help in the UK and Republic of Ireland*.

Samaritans’ volunteers are ordinary people, who dedicate time every week to provide a safe space for anyone struggling to cope with whatever life has thrown at them.

Volunteers from Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts are also involved in outreach work, for example giving talks, visiting schools, and supporting the neighbouring branch at Reading in running a Listener scheme with a local prison where they select, train and support prisoners to offer confidential, emotional support to other inmates.

Sally, director at the local branch of Samaritans, welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the difference their volunteers make in their local community.


Read more: Samaritans | Ascot Area

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 Sebastians Action Trust  has raised money to build a house where children with life limiiting illnesses  and their famiilies can enjoy holidays . For more information about the trust and forthcoming events, click on

Read more: Sebastians Action Trust | Holiday Home for Children With Life Limiting Illnesses & Their Families