New discounts are now available for Carers Emergency Card holders in St Pauls, Montpelier and Stokes Croft.
Last year we ran a successful telephone counselling pilot through funding from Bristol Ageing Better. We were able to support 38 carers with up to 6 weekly sessions of counselling by telephone. 79% of those carers reported an improvement in at least one aspect of social isolation, loneliness and their wellbeing as a result.
After making a successful partnership bid, with Oasis Talk, we are now excited to be able to restart our telephone counselling service and offer carers the opportunity to access counselling by telephone for 6 weekly sessions.
Women getting worried about how much they drink can find friendly advice while they have a cup of coffee. The Women’s Independent Alcohol Support service have a drop-in on Friday mornings between 10am-12pm at Boston Tea-Party, 293 Gloucester Road, Bishopston BS7 8PE. You just turn up, look for the booth with a ‘WIAS’ sign, and have a confidential coffee and chat.
Are you a keen reader? Do you miss being able to get out to your library?
The Home Library Service run by the Royal Voluntary Service was taken over from Bristol City Council, and they want to hear from you! If you are unable to get out, this completely free service could bring books back into your life again! The ‘Home Service’ volunteers collect books from libraries across the city, and deliver them to you.
To find out more, contact:
Royal Voluntary Service
Service Manager Bristol Home Library Service
Tel: 07714 898 558
Bristol’s hugely popular annual Walk Fest is back.
The celebration of walking and walks throughout the city is set to take place from 1st-31st May to May 2018.
Are you caring for someone with a mental illness?
Rethink Mental Illness are running a six week course for family, friends and carers.
What will University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust‘s hospitals look like in five years’ time? An opportunity to have your say on the future direction of the Trust. This public event is part of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust’s series of Health Matters events.
We have been involved in a recent Select Committee Inquiry into the Department of Work and Pensions support for working carers.
Our GP Link Volunteer programme is included in a national report by the Kings Fund, examining good practice around volunteering in general practice. We were pleased that our programme was chosen as one of the case studies, showing the added value and benefit that volunteering can make in primary care. The Kings Fund report explores ways in which volunteers contribute to general practice, providing an opportunity for practices to engage beyond their traditional boundaries, creating an interface with voluntary and community sector organisations and with the wider community.
We currently work with all 52 GP practices in Bristol and 26 GP practices in South Gloucestershire. Practices can request their own GP Link volunteer, who helps to support people to self-identify as carers, so that they can then access information to help them in their caring role.
See the Kings fund report: Volunteering in general practice: opportunities and insights
Find out more about our volunteering programme.
Organised by Friends of Carers Support Centre, all are invited to a Barn Dance fundraiser taking place on Saturday 2nd June.
You can raise funds for young carers.
It is vitally important that you keep the Emergency Call Centre/Emergency Communications Team up to date with any changes to your or the person you care for’s details so that you can receive an effective emergency response if the card is used.
We’re working with Bristol Wellbeing College to run 3 FREE events for carers in central Bristol. These are informal and welcoming; with information from professionals, a wellbeing workshop, and Indian head and hand massage. There will be tea and cakes and the chance to talk to other carers too.
Are you interested in photography or would like to find some simple ways to wellbeing? This free workshop for carers will focus on connecting to the creative part of our mind to promote relaxation and mindfulness through the camera and pictures we take.
Young Carers Voice (YCV) members presented their mental health poster designs to Bristol City Mayor Marvin Rees.
We have recently launched a new award scheme for GP practices in South Gloucestershire to show how ‘carer and dementia friendly’ they are.