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WIAS is a group of women who met through a research project to find out what women need as support with alcohol issues.

The most helpful part for us was discovering and sharing the things which we found distressing, and our many ways of coping with these.

Now we are setting up our own web site so that women can share their experiences – including what has been helpful for them, and what they would like to see happen for themselves and for other women in the future.

WIAS will soon be seeking funding to re-start its meetings in central Bristol. These meetings are aimed at offering a social space for women to talk, have a coffee, and have fun - whether this means having a discussion, hearing a speaker, joining in a workshop, or going on an outing together. All the women involved have had alcohol issues and have managed to deal with them in a variety of ways. We have run these groups with great success in the past - some may remember us at the YHA near the Arnolfini.

We also hope to run a helpline.

Please let us know if this sounds of interest to you and we will let you know when we are successful - we will also let you know if we run any other events of interest.

Organisation Type
Community Group
Alternative names
Women's Independent Alcohol Support
This organisation provides support around
Socialising / Out and About Emotional Support Living, Learning, Working
This organisation provides support for
Drug & Alcohol Misuse Women LGBT
South Gloucestershire Bristol Bath and North East Somerset North Somerset Somerset
Is there a cost for these services?
Cost information

We only ask people to donate according to what they can afford, between £0 and £1,000!

How can people access this service?

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Venue Address Details

Contact Details

Contact Name
Patsy Staddon
Job title / Position


Service Descriptions

Services Available to People at Home

We are able telephone people back once they have made contact. We also have a website they can look at and we are asking people to email questions we will place on the website together with answers and invitations to comment.


Alternative; non-judgemental

Helpline Details

Will calls I make to this helpline show on my bill?

Limitations and Associations

Limitations / Restrictions

We only know about helping women with alcohol issues

Associations / Qualifications / Awards

Patsy Staddon recovered from addiction over 25 years ago and holds a PhD in women's alcohol issues and their treatment. She is an experienced group leader.

Others working with WIAS are qualified counsellors and women with lived experience of alcohol and mental health issues


General Accessibility

Services that increase accessibility

WIAS Trustees include younger and older women and women of LGB orientation. We are currently recruiting for Trustees from different ethnic communities.

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Access Questions

Are there bus stops nearby?
Approx. distance?
5 minutes' walk
Bus numbers?
Buses to centre
Is there a car park nearby?
Is there parking for disabled drivers on site or outside the building?
If so, how many spaces?
2 or 3

External Access

Do the premises feature non-revolving automatic external doors?
Are external doors 900mm or more wide with flat thresholds?
Are external doors non sprung?
On external doors are the handles a contrasting colour and tone to the door?

Internal Access

If so, does it have wheelchair access?
If so, does it have an induction loop?
Can people with an assistance dog access the service accompanied by their dog?


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