Telephone Counselling Service for over 50s

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.

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Women’s Independent Alcohol Support service

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.

Home Library Service

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:
Hetty Metcalfe
Royal Voluntary Service
Service Manager Bristol Home Library Service
Tel: 07714 898 558

What next for University Hospitals Bristol? 12th April

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.

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Improving Identification of Young Carers

We are working with Carers Trust, who have been funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, to deliver a train the trainer-style workshop to increase local partners’ knowledge and understanding of young carers. Eight events are being held across England. Upcoming events include:
  • Durham workshop, 5 March 2018: register here 
  • Peterborough workshop, 7 March 2018: register here
  • Birmingham workshop, 8 March 2018: register here

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GP Link Volunteers feature in good practice report

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.