Telephone support for Bristol shielders

Bristol Mind and The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living are offering telephone support to people shielding from the coronavirus in Bristol.

WECIL’s new check in and chat service

WECIL (The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) is launching a new telephone check in and chat service for Bristol residents, in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The service is available to any self-identifying disabled adults, those who are shielding and/or have long term health conditions who are feeling isolated and would like someone to talk to.

Telefriend volunteers will make weekly calls, of around 20 minutes, for a period of six weeks. Speaking to the same person each week, the Telefriend volunteer will make friendly conversation, lend a supportive ear and signpost to services.

Sign up for the service on the WECIL website.

If you have any questions, contact Charlotte, Befriending Project worker at or on
0797 368 6389.

Bristol Mind counselling for individuals who are shielding

From September to December 2020, Bristol Mind is providing a specific free counselling service to individuals shielding as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you are shielding and feeling stressed, anxious, isolated or in need of support with your mental health, this support is for you.

Bristol Mind are primarily providing the service for residents of Avonmouth, Barton Hill, East Hillfields, Filwood, Hartcliffe and Withywood, Knowle West, Lawrence Hill, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Southmead, St Paul’s and Whitchurch Park – as well as BAME and older residents.

Contact for a registration form.

Are you feeling lonely stuck at home? Our befriending service is open to anyone who would like to chat. Maybe you feel okay most of the time. Maybe it depends on the day. Whatever your situation, we are here for you. Our befrienders are available and eager to connect. Visit our befriending webpage.