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Service Closure

Since its beginning in 1994 Reading Lifeline has provided a place for people to find support.  Over the years the service has changed and developed to meet the needs of our local community.  It has been a privilege to provide a safe space for anyone experiencing infertility or baby loss to talk and be listened to.  We have been encouraged by the many stories over the years of the positive impact that Lifeline has had for individuals, couples and families at a very difficult time.

We have continued to review the Reading Lifeline service and in recent years, we have faced challenges in sustaining it.  After careful consideration and as alternative services to support those facing baby loss are available, we have therefore made the decision that it is time to close Lifeline.  We will finish counselling our current clients, but will not be taking any new referrals.  We will not be running any further support groups. 

Anyone affected by infertility or baby loss can access support through their GP.  There are also some other sources of support which you may find helpful:

You can find a counsellor or therapist near you by using the Counselling Directory.

www.counselling-directory.org.uk

Hope Counselling are a local charity offering help and support to individuals experiencing problems including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement and a range of other issues.

www.hopecounselling.org

The Willows support group is made up of a group of parents in the Reading area, who have all lost babies at various stage.  They meet regularly and provide support for parents who have been through and continue to suffer the loss of a baby.

www.willowssupportgroup.co.uk

If you would like any further information, please contact us on 0118 959 6669 or email lifeline@themustardtree.org

With our thanks for your support,

The Reading Lifeline Team

Reading Lifeline Service of Remembrance 2019

This service is open to anyone that has been affected, at any time in their life, by loss in pregnancy or soon after birth. Parents, grandparents, friends and siblings are all welcome to attend.

Sunday 13th October 2019

3pm at Reading Minster, St. Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LN

Refreshments will be served afterwards. There will be an opportunity to add a special memory or prayer to a Memorial Tree during the service if you wish.

Reading Lifeline Support Group

A place to share your hopes and struggles with others going through similar experiences, when trying for a family. This group is suitable for men and women coping with infertility, IVF treatments and/or early/multiple miscarriages. Friendly, relaxed, refreshments available.

Monday 8th July 2019

7:30pm – 9pm

@ The Oasis, 21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

Reading Lifeline Support Group

A place to share your hopes and struggles with others who are going through similar experiences. This group is for men and women coping with problem fertility, IVF treatments and/or early or multiple miscarriages. Refreshments available.

Monday 10th June 2019

7:30pm – 9pm

@ The Oasis, 21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

Reading Lifeline Support Group

A place to share your struggles and hopes with others going through similar experiences when trying for a family. This group is suitable for men and women coping with infertility, IVF treatment and/or early/recurrent miscarriage.

Monday 13th May 2019

7:30pm – 9pm

@ The Oasis, 21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

Reading Lifeline Support Group – Jan 2019

Find support with others affected by infertility or baby loss at any stage during pregnancy, or soon after birth.

Monday 14th January

7:30pm – 9pm

@ The Oasis, 21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

Sept 2018 – Baby Loss & Infertility Support Group

Find support with others affected by infertility or baby loss at any stage during pregnancy, or soon after birth.

2nd Monday of the month. 7:30pm – 9pm

Autumn 2018 Dates: 10th Sept, 8th Oct, 12th Nov, 10th Dec

@ The Oasis, 21 Baker Street, Reading, RG1 7XT

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