There has recently been an increase in monkeypox cases within the UK, however the risk of catching it remains low. Monkeypox can affect anyone; however the majority of monkeypox cases in the UK continue to be in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), with the infection being passed on mainly through close contact between people in interconnected sexual networks. Therefore, these groups in particular are advised to be aware of the symptoms, especially any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. If you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.
BPAS is the UK’s leading abortion care charity – specialists in safe, confidential, high-quality abortion treatment for over 45 years. 96% of the women we see have their abortion treatment paid for by the NHS.
www.bpas.org : 03457 30 40 30
Pregnant and not sure what your options are? Not ant more information before making a decision?
Help and support is available from our local service, British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS).
Visit the BPAS website for more information.
A national alcohol and drug charity that helps people change and be happy. We believe in a society free from problem alcohol and drug use.
www.swanswell.org : 0300 003 7025
The Edge offers a non-judgemental and confidential service for young people up to the age of 18, who have drug or alcohol concerns, living in West Berkshire.
www.edgecrew.co.uk : 01635 582002
First port of call for all drug and alcohol advice, referral and assessment in Reading.
www.inclusion.org/services/iris-reading : 0118 956 7441
A charity helping people to overcome the devastating effects of drug and alcohol dependency. We estimate that it affects one in five people at some point in their lives.
Wokingham: 0118 977 2022
Bracknell: 0134 431 2360
We are a social enterprise, providing specialist and integrated services which focus on improving lives and communities.
www.turning-point.co.uk : 0175 369 2548
A free and confidential service for residents who want to cut down or stop using drugs and alcohol altogether.
www3.rbwm.gov.uk : 01628 796733
A service for under 18s who need help with their drug or alcohol use. It also supports young people who have a family member with a drug or alcohol problem as well as offering free, confidential advice and one to one support.
www3.rbwm.gov.uk : 01628 796518
www.solacesarc.org.uk : 0845 519 7638
trusthousereading.org : Helpline 07791567155
You can choose to speak to either a male or female support worker. Trust House Reading can arrange this when you call.
www.berkshirewomensaid.org.uk : 0118 950 4003
It is important to remind yourself that you are not to blame. Nothing that you have done can make a person rape or sexually assault you. You are not responsible for someone else’s actions.
Call 101 or 999 in an emergency
CEOP is a law enforcement agency that works nationally and internationally with a clear focus on pursuing offenders and protecting children from sexual abuse. CEOP works in collaboration with a number of organisations to help them develop and deliver child protection policies, as well as providing advice and guidance on how to make their online environments safer for young people.
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children NSPCC We stand up for children in England by finding the best ways to prevent abuse and neglect and influencing the Westminster government to take action.
Help for adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000
Free, confidential advice and support for children and young people - whatever your worry, whenever you need help :0800 1111
The Rahab Project is all about restoring hope and belief by identifying and supporting those affected by sexual exploitation. We offer support and work by empowering our beneficiaries. Rahab also run Night Outreach and Daytime advocacy or support for anyone involved in on- or off-street prostitution, the commercial sex industry and victims of human trafficking.
www.themustardtree.org/rahab : 0118 956 7000
Our dedicated support team provide specialist resources for LGBT people and those affected by LGBT related issues. Our team can assist with concerns ranging from employment to sexual health and homelessness to counselling.
www.supportu.org.uk : 0118 321 9111
Galop is the leading LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity. Galop has been working for 33 years to support LGBT victims of abuse, violence and discrimination through a variety of services, including a helpline and as the lead partner of The Domestic Abuse Partnership which is the only specialist multi-agency community response to LGBT Domestic abuse.
www.galop.org.uk : 0300 999 5428 or 0800 999 5428
Are you, or someone you are close to, newly diagnosed? Don’t panic. We understand this can be a stressful time and with so much information available, it’s hard to know where to begin. That is why we are here. We have all the information you need, giving you a chance to ask the questions you really want to.
More about TVPS
www.tvps.org.uk : Slough – 0162 860 3400 : Reading – 0118 935 3730
Find out about our work and HIV in the UK, get free help and order printed materials from our archive.
www.tht.org.uk : 0808 802 1221
The Metropolitan police have a dedicated service for girls at risk of FGM, Project Azure 02071612888.
The NSPCC are a national lead for FGM and have a specific FGM helpline 08080283550
You can read more on the NSPCC website
Daughters of Eve is a non profit organisation, that works to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of young people from female genital mutilation practising communities
www.dofeve.org : 07983030488
Free and confidential counselling for those affected by loss in pregnancy (including miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and termination). Our counselling service is available to women, and their partners, in Reading and the surrounding area.
www.readinglifeline.co.uk : 0118 959 6669