Consultation: S. Glos Healthy Lifestyle & Wellbeing Services

South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on a proposed Healthy Lifestyle and Wellbeing service that supports people to improve their health by modifying the five leading risk factors that contribute to early death and reduced quality of life.

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Bristol Parent Carers Annual Event

On Tuesday 26th June, parent carers and professionals come together to help design services and improve support for your child (0-25 yrs) with special educational needs / disabilities. Recent changes to SEN support have been completed and there will be a chance to tell Bristol Parent Carers what is working well and where improvements are needed.

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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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Feed carers views and needs into The Social Care Green Paper

You may be aware that the Government will be releasing a green paper in the summer about the future of social care. It is vital that this green paper takes into account the needs of unpaid carers. We thought you might like to adapt and either email or send one of these template letters to your local MP, or even speak to your MP about this at one of their surgeries.

Bristol letter

South Gloucestershire letter

Contact details of MPs in Bristol are here.
Contact details of MPs in South Gloucestershire are here.
For further information, please contact Caroline McAleese, Carers Engagement & Involvement Lead, Carers Support Centre here.

Bristol Parent Carers – The New World of SEN Participation Event

The New World of SEN Participation Event | Tuesday 26 June
Organised by Bristol Parent Carers

Looking at the support required by your child/young person (0-25) with special educational needs / disabilities

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Healthwatch Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Survey

Healthwatch would like to know about waiting times, standard of support and services, as well as ongoing support across the Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and B&NES areas.

The survey is open until 30 April and can be filled out online here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/J89P5WR

The findings, comments and themes will be taken forward by Healthwatch Bristol to a meeting with senior CAMHS managers in May

Consultation: Bristol City Centre Framework

Bristol City Council has drafted a City Centre Framework document for consultation. The Framework sets out aspirations for how people access and move around the city centre. It also covers new development and enhancing public spaces, with a focus on Bristol Shopping Quarter, Old City, Castle Park, North Redcliffe and the gateway into the city from the M32.

Pop-up exhibitions to raise awareness of the consultation are planned as follows:

  • 20 April – St Nicholas Night Market, St Nicholas Market, Glass Arcade, Corn Street 2pm to 5pm
  • 23 April – Citizen Service Point, 100 Temple Street 10am to 1pm
  • 28 April – Junction 3 Library, Baptist Mills Court, Easton 3.30pm to 6.30pm
  • 3 May – Central Library foyer, Deanery Road (TBC)

Learn more about the consultation here.

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.