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Aldermaston & Wasing Show

On 2nd September eight WBTC volunteers helped to set up and man our stall at the 75th Aldermaston and Wasing Show. We were one of two charities of the year being supported by the Show organisers and we look forward to receiving a share of the proceeds of their renowned 'Duck Race' once the outcome of the event is known.
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Quiz Night

Another Quiz Night on 25th August raised a wonderful £620. Thanks to Catherine, Margaret and David for organising the event, also to the Conservative Club that provided the venue at no charge, to the caterers, to everyone who donated raffle prizes and to the 75 plus who attended on the night, making a very successful evening all round. The questions were tough, meaning that many teams spent much of the evening looking thoughtful, doubtful or unsure and everyone deserved a prize for trying. There were a lot of 'prize winners' as three teams had to share the wooden spoon!

Masonic Charity help

We are delighted that volunteers from the Berkshire Masonic Charity have not only decorated our staff room but have also now assembled some storage units so that the staff room is finally a more comfortable and less cluttered place for staff and volunteers to take their breaks. Many thanks to the hard-working Berkshire Masonic Volunteer Team, cheerfully led by Mike.

St James's Place Foundation Gant

We are most grateful to the St James's Place Foundation for a grant of £500 towards further equipment that we need to purchase in response to ideas from those using our service. We are seeking further capital funds, sufficient to buy an Ultrasonic Relaxer Chair, also to upgrade some of our range of existing chairs with interactive technology.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Votes Needed!

We need your vote! Help us win up to £25,000 by voting in the MCF Community Awards

June 2017 - Queen's Award!!

On 2nd June 2017 the London Gazette announced that West Berkshire Therapy Centre has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, just three years after first starting its service. The award is equivalent to an MBE for a voluntary organisation!
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March 2017

West Berkshire Therapy Centre is delighted to have been adopted by the Aldermaston and Wasing Show as one of this year's two chosen charities
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We are delighted to have received further grant aid from two sources this month: Firstly £2,000 from Englefield Trust, followed by £4,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation, all to help us with general running costs and developing our service. We are immensely grateful for the opportunities these grants provide, to help us further to improve the way we make a difference for our clients.

February 2017

We are most grateful to the Berkshire Masonic Charity for providing a team of volunteers to fit new blinds and to decorate our staff room with paint supplied by Berkshire Community Foundation. We are most grateful for these acts of practical help, improving the operating and working environment for our clients and staff, following their earlier support in helping to fund our automatic door opener.

2nd July

Once again we were on the streets of Newbury, this time with the help of Newbury Branch of David Clulow Opticians, courtesy of the Branch Director, Scott Waters, who sponsored our gazebo ... [ read more ]

26th June

A big thank you to Rotary Club of Newbury for allowing us pride of place next to the French Boules event they held in Newbury Market Place on Sunday 26th June ... [ read more ]

West Berkshire Therapy Centre New Home!

West Berkshire Therapy Centre has moved to its new home! ... [ read more ]

West Berkshire Therapy Centre march on!

West Berkshire Therapy Centre has announced that it has been awarded registered charity status at the same time that is to relocate to much larger premises at Frank Hutchins Hall in Thatcham on 1st April 2016, just two years after first opening.

Race Night - Thursday 29th October

Our Race Night raised a wonderful £878 for the Centre! Many thanks to everyone who helped organise the event, attended on the night or provided raffle prizes and support

Reducing the risk of pressure sores for wheelchair users

Staff at the Therapy Centre invited the NHS Wheelchair and Seating Service to hold a 'surgery' at the Centre ... [ read more ]

Relocation of West Berkshire Therapy Centre

We are moving in October from Clerewater Place to our new address!

Charity Event success!

We are delighted to have received a cheque for £4,500 from Donnington Valley Golf Club, money raised on their charity day on 18th July. It is super to have so much support from the local golfing community. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make the event such a success and thanks to those of our service users who proposed us to be a beneficiary of this wonderful event.

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Co-op support this year

We are delighted to have been chosen by the Co-op as one of three local causes they are supporting during the period 12th November 2017 - 27th October 2018. With your help we can raise at least £10,000 from this opportunity.

If you are not already a Co-op member, please pop into any Co-op store, petrol station or funeral parlour and ask to become one. Then nominate us as your chosen local charity. Then every time you buy Co-op branded goods or services, get the Co-op staff to swipe your membership card and that will increase our share of the 1% of the Co-op dividend being distributed among its three chosen local causes. The more Co-op members who nominate West Berkshire Therapy Centre and who buy Co-op branded goods, the greater the share we will receive!

Please get involved with this great opportunity and also ask your family and friends to do the same; a great way to help our Centre meet its costs and help as many as possible to benefit from our service.

Thank you to the Co-op and thank you for your support!

Aldermaston & Wasing Show

On 2nd September eight WBTC volunteers helped to set up and man our stall at the 75th Aldermaston and Wasing Show. We were one of two charities of the year being supported by the Show organisers and we look forward to receiving a share of the proceeds of their renowned 'Duck Race' once the outcome of the event is known.

We are most grateful to the Aldermaston and Wasing Show Committee for providing us with a free plot at the Show and for all their other help and support towards the work of the Centre. The photo shows Bobby, Hazel, Mike, Joy, Bob and Norman at the stall and thanks to Sara and John who also helped on the day and to everyone who donated prizes and items to sell. And a special thanks to Hazel for all her preparatory work before the big day!

Quiz Night

Another Quiz Night on 25th August raised a wonderful £620. Thanks to Catherine, Margaret and David for organising the event, also to the Conservative Club that provided the venue at no charge, to the caterers, to everyone who donated raffle prizes and to the 75 plus who attended on the night, making a very successful evening all round. The questions were tough, meaning that many teams spent much of the evening looking thoughtful, doubtful or unsure and everyone deserved a prize for trying. There were a lot of 'prize winners' as three teams had to share the wooden spoon!

Masonic Charity help

We are delighted that volunteers from the Berkshire Masonic Charity have not only decorated our staff room but have also now assembled some storage units so that the staff room is finally a more comfortable and less cluttered place for staff and volunteers to take their breaks. Many thanks to the hard-working Berkshire Masonic Volunteer Team, cheerfully led by Mike.

St James's Place Foundation Gant

We are most grateful to the St James's Place Foundation for a grant of £500 towards further equipment that we need to purchase in response to ideas from those using our service. We are seeking further capital funds, sufficient to buy an Ultrasonic Relaxer Chair, also to upgrade some of our range of existing chairs with interactive technology.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Votes Needed!

We need your vote! Help us win up to £25,000 by voting in the MCF Community Awards

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is giving away £3 million to 300 charities across England and Wales to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England. It's up to the public to decide which charities get the largest grants through an online vote.

The vote is open from 12 June - 31 July 2017. Help us make an even bigger difference to our beneficiaries and win a share of the £3 million by voting today.

Once you have voted, please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.

Search for land!

WBTC needs a level plot of development land, not less than 0.5 acres, on which to construct a community hydrotherapy pool building

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Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

On 2nd June 2017 the London Gazette announced that West Berkshire Therapy Centre has been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, just three years after first starting its service. The award is equivalent to an MBE for a voluntary organisation!

This pays tribute to the many, excellent individuals who volunteer and help The Centre in a very wide set of roles, ensuring that our service is provided to the highest possible standard.

This follows WBTC receiving a Gold Community Award from Thatcham Town Council last month, recognising its contribution in helping the townspeople of Thatcham.

The Trustees most warmly thank and congratulate all the WBTC volunteers and staff for everything they have done and for their wonderful personal commitment and their teamwork.

The Queen's Award certificate will be handed to WBTC Trustees and volunteers at an official event later this year, an occasion to which we all look forward with great anticipation!

 

Aldermaston and Wasing Show

West Berkshire Therapy Centre is delighted to have been adopted by the Aldermaston and Wasing Show as one of this year's two chosen charities, for which we are absolutely delighted.
The Show features a Duck Race, at which Show-goers back the ducks, with the chance of fame and fortune, one of the major fund-raising events of the Show, from which we will receive a share of the surplus.



We will be there with a fund-raising and awareness stand and we are most fortunate to have the opportunity to raise both publicity and funds.
To find out more about Aldermaston and Wasing Show visit www.awshow.org.uk
The Show this year will be held on Saturday 2nd September at The Old Mill Aldermaston and we encourage everyone to get along and enjoy a great day out!

March 2017

We are delighted to have received further grant aid from two sources this month: Firstly £2,000 from Englefield Trust, followed by £4,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation, all to help us with general running costs and developing our service. We are immensely grateful for the opportunities these grants provide, to help us further to improve the way we make a difference for our clients.

February 2017

We are most grateful to the Berkshire Masonic Charity for providing a team of volunteers to fit new blinds and to decorate our staff room with paint supplied by Berkshire Community Foundation. We are most grateful for these acts of practical help, improving the operating and working environment for our clients and staff, following their earlier support in helping to fund our automatic door opener.

2nd July

Once again we were on the streets of Newbury, this time with the help of Newbury Branch of David Clulow Opticians, courtesy of the Branch Director, Scott Waters, who sponsored our gazebo which was outside his shop all day on Saturday 2nd July. This brought us to the attention of a lot of people in need of our special service and we look forward to welcoming new clients as the word spreads that we are here. Many thanks to Scott and his staff for hosting and looking after our volunteers on the day, with a constant stream of warm drinks. Our thanks go also to our volunteers on the day, Margaret, John, Hazel, Mike, Bob and John, also to everyone who donated prizes for the Lucky Dip, which raised just over £100.

26th June

A big thank you to Rotary Club of Newbury for allowing us pride of place next to the French Boules event they held in Newbury Market Place on Sunday 26th June. We really appreciate the opportunity to be able to out there with the public and able to let everyone know about the difference we make. Well done Rotary Club of Newbury and many thanks to volunteers Norman, Bob, John and Irene who helped on the day!

Move Update

Our move to The Frank Hutchings Hall went very smoothly, thanks to the help of staff and volunteers, with our two main suppliers sending in their engineers to reconfigure the equipment, all supported by a specialist removals company. A huge thank you to everyone who turned out to help, not forgetting those helping behind the scenes. Other than hitches with BT and the phones and Internet connection, we reopened calmly at 10 am on Saturday 2nd April with our clients clearly impressed with what they saw and experienced.

Some of our existing equipment has been upgraded and four new machines are in place thanks to funds from our success at Greenham Common Trusts' 'Pitch to the Panel' event last November. The new equipment will come into use progressively as each client is reassessed, to ensure they receive the most appropriate exercise programme we can provide.

Chief Executive of Greenham Common Trust, Chris Boulton, visited The Centre on 4th April to see how the Trust's funds had been spent and he was clearly delighted at what he saw and heard. We were joined by the Mayor of Thatcham, Councillor Sheila Ellison, and by John Winchcombe and Tim Pritchard from The Rotary Club of Newbury who had acted as mentors at the successful Pitch to the Panel. Our Patron, Jacqueline Scoins-Cass MBE also joined us, along with many staff and volunteers.

Also present at that special event was Claire Tyrell, Director of Programmes for Berkshire Community Foundation, armed with the fabulous news that they have awarded us a grant of £5,000 to help cover our rent increase in our first year at The Frank Hutchings Hall, sufficient to protect our finances until the expected increase in use of our service is covered by the voluntary contributions from clients. A huge thank you to Berkshire Community Foundation for that!

Quiz Night Success!

The quiz night raised a magnificent £772

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated prizes, bought tickets, bid in the auction or otherwise helped to raise such a fantastic amount!

West Berkshire Therapy Centre New Home!

West Berkshire Therapy Centre has moved to its new home! The service that previously was provided at Clerewater Place, then more recently at The Moors Pavilion, opened in much more permanent premises on 2nd April at The Frank Hutchings Hall, Harts Hill, Thatcham RG18 4QH. The new location offers ideal space and access, with excellent parking and other facilities suitable for disabled individuals in need of a safe place in which to take exercise under expert and understanding supervision.

The service is unique in the South of England and already helps over 200 people each week who have mobility or other problems and who therefore are unable to exercise safely in the way most people manage. The enlarged Centre includes several new items of specialised equipment. A unique motorised chair helps disabled individuals to practise rising from sitting to standing, and other unique equipment helps the body's major muscles move in ways that are important to perform tasks of daily living better. Some very specialised new equipment helps those in need to practise and improve their balance. The Centre has upgraded some other equipment with more interactive display screens, in particular to help those in need to balance their left and right muscles. The Centre now offers eighteen major items of exercise equipment, including power-assisted cycling machines and a sophisticated treadmill designed to help build confidence in walking safely.

The equipment changes arose from listening to practical problems described by the Centre's disabled clients, followed by discussions between the Centre's physiotherapists and suppliers to create unique solutions to make a difference and keep disabled people more mobile and safe. Many of the equipment changes were funded by Greenham Common Trust, following West Berkshire Therapy Centre's success in being awarded over £32k at their 'Pitch to the Panel' event held last November. The Centre is most grateful to have numerous other sponsors and supporters and to its great team of staff and many volunteers.

Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Common Trust, visited the Centre on 4th April to see how his Trust's grant had been spent as he joined with the Mayor of Thatcham, staff, volunteers, clients and others to celebrate the opening of the enlarged facilities. The Centre is always delighted to show visitors its facilities.

The Centre is most grateful to Thatcham Town Council for its help in making The Frank Hutchings Hall available, allowing the Centre to develop and grow with confidence. The Centre has the capacity to provide well over 10,000 exercise sessions each year to help those with mobility challenges to be more active, safe and independent.

West Berkshire Therapy Centre march on!

West Berkshire Therapy Centre has announced that it has been awarded registered charity status at the same time that is to relocate to much larger premises at Frank Hutchins Hall in Thatcham on 1st April 2016, just two years after first opening.

When the service relocates it will also install new equipment, funded by the grant received at the Greenham Common Trust "Pitch to the Panel" event in November. The new equipment is all motorized and will help disabled individuals to move more easily, helping with practical things such as getting out of a chair and improving balance

Cake bake


John from West Berkshire Therapy Centre thanking Kirsty Wretham and Josh Blackwood of SMS Environmental for their support, following their successful cake bake event.

Race Night - Thursday 29th October

Our Race Night raised a wonderful £878 for the Centre! Many thanks to everyone who helped organise the event, attended on the night or provided raffle prizes and support

Reducing the risk of pressure sores for wheelchair users

Pressure sores are a potential problem for many wheelchair users and to others spending long periods of time sitting down. The risk can be reduced if the seating is correctly designed and adjusted. Recently the West Berkshire Wheelchair and Seating service acquired a novel, high tech mat to help check if any of its wheelchairs need adjusting, to help reduce the risk of users developing pressure sores. The cost of such sores can be high, both to individual wheelchair users who could face months of discomfort and a restricted social life, and to the NHS where the medical treatment bills can run to thousands of pounds.

West Berkshire Therapy Centre's clients include many wheelchair users, some of whom find the journey to the Wheelchair Service's clinic at the Royal Berkshire Hospital too difficult. So staff at the Therapy Centre invited the NHS Wheelchair and Seating Service to hold a 'surgery' at their Centre in Thatcham, booking in a dozen wheelchair users whose pressure risks were assessed and reduced by the NHS staff, with several vital adjustments made to the wheelchairs.

The high tech assessment mat is packed with sensors that send an image to a computer screen, showing up any pressure hot spots. By adjusting things such as the width of the chair, the shape or length of the cushion, footrest and armrest positions, etc, the pressure profile can be spread more evenly, hence reducing the risk that the wheelchair user might put too much pressure on any one part of the skin

Lead Occupational Therapist at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Moyra Pugh, said 'from our point of view that was a very successful afternoon. Wheelchairs were adjusted, minor repairs and pressure care readings were taken and new wheelchairs, cushions and parts were ordered. The comments from the wheelchair users were very positive and it was well worth doing.'

West Berkshire Therapy Centre is unique in the country. Its power-assisted equipment helps people with movement problems and other disabilities to take exercise safely, helping to improve mobility, walk better with less risk of falls, helping weight management and general well-being. The Centre moved recently to the Pavilion at The Moors Sports Field in Thatcham, providing about 200 individual exercise sessions each week and is one of the finalists in Greenham Common Trust's "Pitch to the Panel" event on 12th November.

John Holt, Director

Relocation of West Berkshire Therapy Centre

We are moving in October from Clerewater Place to our new address, which is:

The Sports Pavilion,
The Moors Playing Field,
The Moors,
Thatcham
RG19 3AZ

The final day at Clerewater Place, will be 14th October. We will be unable to provide any service on 15th and 16th October while the equipment is moved. Our phone number will remain unchanged, as 01635 864561.

We look forward to starting our service on Monday 19th October at The Sports Pavilion and would like to thank everyone for their understanding and support.

West Berkshire Disability Alliance AGM

On 10th September WBTC hosted the AGM of West Berkshire Disability Alliance (WBDA during which over twenty WBDA members enjoyed a tour of the site.


Chairman Mick Hutchins and WBDA members assembling befor their AGM

Charity Day success

We are delighted to have received a cheque for £4,500 from Donnington Valley Golf Club, money raised on their charity day on 18th July.
It is super to have so much support from the local golfing community.
Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make the event such a success and thanks to those of our service users who proposed us to be a beneficiary of this wonderful event.

Vacancies

We have vacancies for an experienced Physiotherapist and a Therapy Gym Supervisor
Saturday work, to cover opening hours of 10 - 3. Competitive salaries with a Saturday allowance.
Fixed-term contract positions to 31st March 2016, with the possibility of an extension.
Please download the full details here or email johnmholtbsc@aol.com for more information.

Mayor's Fundraising

Following a very busy year working for his officially adopted charities for 2014-15, we were delighted to receive a cheque for a magnificent £1,706.34 from Councillor Gary Johnson, Mayor of Thatcham, at his annual civic reception on 1st May. As well as this money, Gary raised very considerable publicity for the Centre in his year in office. Well done and thank you from everyone at WBTC!

Welford Park Snowdrops

Welford Park very kindly selected us to be one of their charities for 2015. A team of volunteers manned our stall on 22nd February, selling plants and birthday cards, also running a tombola of teddies and chocolates. Thanks to everyone who donated things or helped on the day. Mr & Mrs Puxley who own Welford Park will present us with a cheque shortly, from entrance money on the day, so a huge thanks to them too.

Valentine's Day Raffle

Our Valentine's Day raffle raised a fantastic £110. Thanks to everyone who donated prizes or bought tickets and to Tesco which provided a beautiful bouquet to add to the other four prize packages. A giant Teddy donated by a WBTC client was the star prize!

Seasonal closing

We plan to close early on 24th December and all day on 25th and 26th December and 1st January, otherwise it will be business as usual. We recommend that everyone maintains their exercise programmes as far as normal.

Christmas Hamper

Irene Texel is organising a Christmas Hamper which will include a home made Christmas Cake, chocolates, other seasonal goodies and necessities. Tickets will go on sale soon at 50p each and the draw will take place on 20th December. All proceeds will go towards the Centre's running costs. Thanks again Irene!

November open days

Visitors welcome! Our open days on 8th and 13th November attracted a good mix of interest. It is always a pleasure to show people round the Centre, something we can do during opening hours or at other times by arrangement. Call our main number: 01635 864561.

6th October

A big thank you goes to Irene Texel and her team of helpers for raising £258 for us at the 'Coffee and cakes' day on 6th October. A superb display of home baking in the foyer and kitchen had mouths watering and the super raffle prizes tempted many people to buy tickets. Irene received help from many quarters, including from those who made cakes, provided prizes, sold tickets, served refreshments, washed up or who performed the many other tasks that make theses events a success. Thank you to everyone who helped. The final sum raised is likely to exceed £300 as the produce left over from the main event continues to bring in donations. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the amount raised.

8th September

Our two part time Gym Supervisors, Serap and Gill have both left for new pastures and we thank them both for their huge commitment and help in getting us established. We wish them both well for the future. We are delighted that Emily Herbert has joined us as our full time Gym Supervisor. Emily has a BA in Coaching and Physical Education.

28th August

Following her 'return to practice' time with us, we are delighted that Rhiannon Swain has joined our team of registered physiotherapists. Rhiannon will cover Thursdays and Fridays, while Tom Rosier, who has been with us from day one, will cover the other weekdays, giving us the full physiotherapy cover we had always planned. We are very grateful to Tom for providing us with a huge amount of extra cover through our opening months. We know that Tom and Rhiannon will make a great physiotherapist team.

17th July 2014 - 23rd July 2014

Road closure may affect access to the centre whilst road repairs are being carried out. The section of road outside the turning to Clerewater place may be closed but access is still possible. From Newbury follow the diversion signs down Pound Lane then turn right into the closed section of Lower Way. If coming from Thatcham down Lower Way continue past the road closed sign and into Clerewater place as usual.

16th July 2014

Clients are asked to note that we will be closed all day on Wednesday 16th July for staff training. We apologise for any inconvenience.

8th July

Our landlord will not allow us to erect a permanent ramp in the car park and we are aware that our temporary ramp does not suit every type of wheelchair. We are looking for a 'single sheet' design, about four feet in length, should anyone know of one that we might acquire.

7th July

We have been delighted that demand for the two 'cycling machines', more properly called TheraVital full body exercisers has been so high that we have decided to seek help to raise the £6.5k needed to buy a third machine. If anyone can help us to find funds quickly for this please contact any of the Directors.

29th June

We will be at the Thatcham Fun Day later today, with one of our TheraVital ‘cycling machines on display at Henwick. Come along and show your friends what these brilliant machines can do!

26th June

We are delighted to welcome Gill Tancock as our Thursday Gym Supervisor. Gill has a background in nursing and will a valuable addition to our salaried staff working alongside Tom and Serap.

17th June

We look forward to Millie Burbage joining us for the summer as a volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Millie is studying pharmacology prior to studying medicine and will add a youthful dimension to our existing volunteer team of Gill, Betty, Rita, Gillian, Margaret, Chreanne and John!

1st June 2014

From Friday we will be extending our opening hours, so that every weekday we will be open from 10.00 - 15.00 hrs.