What We Do
The Berin Centre is a charity which supports people by providing family and community services in Berinsfield and surrounding villages in South Oxon.
We provide a space people can come for advice, or just to relax in the company of others. We have professional and qualified staff on hand to deal with whatever comes our way. If we can’t sort it we can always find someone who can. The Berin Centre facilitates community cohesion, breaks down prejudices and supports people who have a variety of issues and concerns.
We offer sessions to support babies & young children (under five) and their parents/carers. This includes play sessions, health clinics and opportunities for parents/carers and childminders to get together.
We run three weekly sessions of Stay & Play which are open to all on a drop- in basis, a session for babies who are sensory impaired and a group for pregnant mums or those with babies not walking. We also run special one-off activity sessions including “Buggy Fit”, musical instrument sessions and cookery classes (2+ year olds)
Once a week the Health Visitors run a Baby Clinic, and also offer separate sessions on Sleep, Oral Health and Weaning. A Speech Therapist is also available once a month. Periodically parenting programmes and courses are also offered.
The community larder is a membership scheme which enables individuals and households to have access to affordable and nutritious food, as well as reducing food waste. It’s a great way to save money on your food bill as well as having an important community ethos.
Our small local group meets fortnightly over a cuppa to knit, natter and sew. The focus of the group is to make items for those in need and we make a range of items for local and international charities. This includes: teddies for refugee children; “twiddlemuffs” for people with dementia, jumpers for babies in africa, hats and octopuses for premature babies, fisherman’s hats for the RNLI and lots lots more!
Riverside Counselling uses the building to provide affordable BACP accredited counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people who live in Henley-on-Thames, Wallingford, Berinsfield, Didcot and the surrounding areas. They offer a general service to adults and “The Space” a specialist service for young people.