Home-Start: Group offers aid for vulnerable mums in Basingstoke

VULNERABLE mums in Basingstoke are being offered support through a group set up especially for them by charity Home-Start.

Women with a variety of problems, including post-natal depression, stress, illness and isolation, are taking advantage of the group, who meet every Wednesday between 10am and midday at All Saints Church Hall.

Organiser Sue Bailey, family group lead worker at Home-Start North West Hampshire, said:

“We help mums of all ages with a variety of issues. The groups offer people somewhere to socialise and often gives mums the push to get out there and meet new people.

We currently have eight |regular members who we support, and everyone is welcome. Most of the people we support come through referrals from health workers and GPs, but people can also self-refer.

All of our volunteers at the group are mums themselves and understand many of the difficulties people can face.

The group was started at Easter and meets every Wednesday in term times. Mums of any age can join.

Home-Start is a national charity that works with families, offering support, advice and also offering practical help with looking after children.

For more information about the group or about all the |services Home-Start offer, call 01256 812333, or visit www.home-start.org.uk.

Taken from Basingstoke Gazette Tuesday 5th July 2011

Pushchair Friendly Walks Near Basingstoke

Review: Alice Holt, Farnham

Great Picnic Spots near Basingstoke

Farley Mount – Winchester

  • No toilet facilities
  • Free parking
  • Has an excellent outdoor area for toddlers
  • Farm shop on the way in from Winchester or Waitrose nearby for picnic bits
  • Path’s aren’t distinct but are fairly pushchair friendly
  • See my review of Farley Mount from 2013

Basingstoke Canal – Odiham

  • Castle remains are pretty cool although you can no longer picnic inside it, have to sit outside :-(
  • Path can be quite thin in place but still should still be able to use with an off road buggy.

Frensham Little Pond/Great Pond – Near Farnham

  • Nearest sandy “beach”!

Fleet Pond – Fleet

  • Tiny sandy beach
  • picnic benches
  • jetty’s for feeding the ducks
  • entry road in is a bit hair raising!

Queen Elizabeth Country Park – Horndean

Staunton Country Park – Havant

Royal Victoria Country Park – Southampton

Other Walks

Aldermaston Common – On the road from Basingstoke to Newbury

  • Several Car Parks around the common

Hook Common – Just off Junction 5 of M3

  • Has big red cows with big horns wandering around and often horses grazing, so if have dogs need to keep control of them.

Yateley Common Country Park – Nr Yately

Newbury Race Course/Watership Down – near Kingsclere, RG28 7NJ

Micheldever Wood

Victoria Park

Medstead Forest – Near to Alton

  • Lovely in spring time when the Bluebells are out

Danebury Iron Age Hillfort – Near Andover

Reasonably priced Places to go for Dinner in Basingstoke

Am I missing any? Please email me at northhantsmum@gmail.com with the details. Thanks!

BCOT  Restaurant – Brook Vale

  • Have menus available by trainee chef’s
  • Think you have to book in advance

Chineham Village Hall – Chineham

  • Unfortunately you need to be a member to eat here
  • If you are a member the food is VERY reasonably priced and normally excellent quality

The Dome Cafe Project – Brighton Hill

  • I hear great things about this place and it’s on my list of places to visit in 2014

Trawlerman (fish and chips) – Chineham

  • Open from 10am until 8pm on Mon and Sat and until 9pm Tues to Fri evenings
  • Closed on Mondays

Oliver’s fish and chips – Old Basing

  • Has takeaway or restaurant option
  • Cafe recently been refurnished

Dayers – Chineham Business Park – Chineham

  • Not open in the evenings so can’t really be classified as a place to go for dinner but they do have reasonably priced meals
  • Waits for food at lunchtime can be very long
  • Staff normally very friendly

Oakridge Hall for All Cafe – Oakridge

  • A NHM reader has recommended the Cafe here.
  • You can ring in advance with your order so it’s ready for when you arrive.

Mr Munch – Town Centre

Wimpey – Town Centre