Could you become a Befriender?

Are you able to offer emotional support and companionship to an unpaid carer? Many carers are isolated and find talking to someone who understands can really help. You’d provide regular phone, email or Skype contact with a carer (30 mins every 2/4 weeks) to support them in their caring role.

You will need to demonstrate sensitivity in communicating with people who care for someone who is unwell and be able to manage boundaries.

If you are reliable, have experience or an awareness of the issues that carers’ face, and have good listening and communication skills, we would love to hear from you. We provide an excellent package of training and on-going support to all our volunteers.

For more information contact:

Marilyn Crump, Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 0117 958 9906 | Email:

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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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:

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