NHS Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG Mental Health Conversations Event: 13th December

The next Mental Health Conversations event will focus on developing a mental health strategy for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The event will be from 9.30am-4pm at Bristol Harbour Hotel, 53-55 Corn Street, Bristol, BS1 1HT.

Proposed priorities will be presented and there will be a chance to hear from those with lived experience of different mental health services and senior speakers in both the Clinical Commissioning Group and the local authorities.

The aim of the event is to reflect on what has worked well in mental health services and what has not, with a focus on how things can be done differently. This includes thinking about what this would mean for the future and next steps in developing a mental health strategy across the area that aims to reflect the needs and aspirations of communities.

It’s really important that carers are included in this conversation.

Please register for the event through Eventbrite: https://mhc-roadmap-for-mental-health.eventbrite.co.uk and pass on to anyone you think would be interested in attending.

A full agenda will be announced closer to the event.

Bristol Council Tax Consultation

The “Balancing Bristol’s Budget 2019-20” consultation was launched today. The consultation aims to gather views on options for the level of Council Tax from April 2019. The consultation is open until midnight on Monday 17 December.

For 2019-20, options being consulted on range from no rise in council tax through to a 4% increase. The implications of each option are explored in the consultation survey.

There is also the opportunity to comment on what potential extra income from an increase in council tax could be spent on. The consultation survey is available online here.

Alternative survey formats can be requested by contacting the Bristol City Council consultation team on consultation@bristol.gov.uk or by calling 0117 922 2848.

Bristol carers’ experiences of accessing GP services sought by Healthwatch Bristol

The Healthwatch Bristol survey will be open for 6 months with plans to speak to members of the public at selection of practices across the city. Healthwatch will analyse the results once the survey closes and present their findings in a report.

The survey is aimed at the whole population, but it’s also important that carers voices are heard clearly through it.

For further information, click here.

Older Men at the Margins Project

The ‘Older Men at the Margins Project’ is a 2-year Bristol University research project in collaboration with Age UK. The project seeks to identify ways of alleviating loneliness and reducing isolation for older men (65+) across marginalised groups including older men who are carers for significant others. The overarching aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the ways in which marginalised groups of older men seek to maintain social engagement and social participation in later life and to learn more about their participation in groups and community networks. The project is based at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

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Bristol Assistive Technology Service

Bristol City Council are providing a new service called the Assistive Technology Service to support people with a learning disability and/or autism to live more independently with the help of assistive technology (AT). To deliver this the council will be working in partnership with WE care and Repair and Hft.

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Further Consultation on Talking Therapies Services

Earlier in the year, we were contacted by Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) about their consultation on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

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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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