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News and Forthcoming Events


Vassall Centre Summer Fayre, July 2015


Creativi-tea with Healthwatch Bristol & Self Injury Support, June 2015

Serenity House Open Day, June 2015

Serenity House Team cordially invites you and your colleagues to our 2015 Summer Open Day on Wednesday 17th June from 10:30 – 12:30pm.

The Open Day will be held at Alma Centre, 29 Alma Road, Bristol BS8 2ES.

We have designed the morning with a number of events where you will have the opportunity to meet our Team, find out more about our Recovery Dynamics programme & our aftercare activities and listen to some of the stories of our clients.

A light buffet lunch will be served at 12:30pm. You are also encouraged to invite any friends or colleagues who might benefit from our Open Day event. Please confirm your attendance indicating any dietary requirement by Friday 5th June 2015 to events.serenityhouse@gmail.com.

Bristol Ageing Better/Aardman Animations Project

Bristol Ageing Better is working with Aardman Animations to create a 90 second animation featuring the voices of local older people and their experiences of isolation and loneliness. The animation will be developed over the Summer and be ready to launch at the Celebrating Age Festival in September 2015. We also hope to show the short film in local cinemas, schools and care homes.

We are now looking for older people willing to be interviewed by the Aardman researchers, and perhaps have their stories animated and used in the short film. The finished animation is likely to be similar to the Sphere animation developed by Aardman for the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and available to view here.

Between 8th and 19th June Aardman will hold informal interviews with 20 – 30 local older people. The researchers can visit people at home or at community venues at a date and time that suits you.

As this is a Bristol animation we are keen to have voices that reflect the diversity of our city, so if you have a story about later life you would like to share please get in touch!

Please contact Bianca Rossetti if you are an older person who would like to get involved, or an organisation working with older people who would like to be interviewed.
Email: bab@ageukbristol.org.uk
Tel: 0117 929 7537

Fast Forward Music Festival, July 2015

Bristol DisabledGo Consultation

Bristol City Council and DisabledGo invites you to a consultation event to seek your views on a new access project for Bristol.

The DisabledGo project will provide in-depth access information for 1000 venues across Bristol including shops, restaurants, leisure centres, hotels, libraries, parks, museums, and many more which will be available as on online guide.

An access guide helps increase independence and choice for Disabled people. By providing detailed information on the access features of venues and public spaces Disabled people can make an informed judgment about the suitability of access.

We need Disabled people to help identify a range of places and spaces across Bristol to include in the access guide.

We are holding four consultations for Disabled people, parents of Disabled children, older people and carers giving them a perfect opportunity to contribute to the project. On Thursday 11th June British Sign language interpreters and PAs will be available.

When and where?

Tuesday 9th June 2015, 10:30 -12:30
Conference Hall, The Park Centre
Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol BS4 1DQ

Thursday 11th June 2015, 10:30 -12:00
Conference Room, RNIB
10 Still House Lane, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4EB
(There will be British Sign Language interpreters and PAs available at this event).

Monday 15th June 2015, 10:30 -12:00
Conference Hall, Vassall centre
Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Tuesday 16th June 2015, 10:30 – 12:30
Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your views on which venues and open spaces should be included in the access guide. If you would like to attend please contact Hannah Salem by phone at 01438 842710 / 07730 358 085 or by email at 

Bristol 'Stop Adult Abuse' Event

To reserve your place call the Safeguarding Event Team on 0117 9031690


Volunteers Fair, June 2015


'An Hour A Day' Wellbeing Activities, May & June 2015


Elm Tree Farm Open Day, June 2015

Elm Tree Farm Open Sunday, June 2015


Building Carer Friendly Communities, June 2015


Second Step Peer Support Training, May & June 2015


Keynsham Community Networking Event, May 2015


Word in the West, Keynsham, May 2015

'Can Do Bristol' Event for Young Disabled People, May 2015


Oldbury Court BioBlitz, May 2015

Join us for Bristol’s biggest BioBlitz this year at the wonderful Oldbury Court Estate! Only three miles from Bristol city centre, Oldbury Court is a beautiful and diverse estate, combining woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland and excellent children’s play facilities.

Become a wildlife explorer for a day and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event. Our team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can before the clock runs out. Just like a real scientific expedition, everything we find will be documented and passed on to local and national databases that monitor our local wildlife. With interactive activities for kids, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone at a BioBlitz.

Drop in and see us on the day or follow the link above to book onto some of our amazing activities, including:

Brilliant Botanical Walk – 5:30 PM 15th May
Moth Trapping – TBC 15th May
British Wildlife Films – 7 PM 15th May
Dawn Chorus – TBC 16th May
Bug Hunting – 10 AM 16th May
Tremendous Tree Walk – 11 AM 16th May
Aquatic Minibeast Survey – 11 AM & 3PM 16th May
Stroll with Solitary and Social Bees – 11:30 AM 16th May
Inspecting Insects – 12 PM & 2PM 16th May
Flapping Brilliant Butterfly Walk – 2 PM 16th May
Alien Discovery – 3 PM 16th May

Contact the organiser for more details – caroline@bnhc.org.uk or sam@bnhc.org.uk.

Open Music Therapy Workshop, May 2015

Mental Health Event in BANES, May 2015

Volunteering Opportunities at WE Care & Repair


Free Energy Efficiency Workshops, April & May

New Bipolar UK Support Group for 18-25 year olds


Thinking Ahead - Housing Options For Later Life

These free sessions are aimed at anyone aged 50+ and for those who are perhaps putting off thinking about their later years. They will also be useful for anyone who is concerned about the housing situation of an older friend or family member.

Wednesday 15th April 10am-12pm
St Nicholas Church Family Centre, Chargrove, Abbotswood, Yate BS37 4LG

Wednesday 22nd April 10am-12pm
Community @67, 67 Queens Road, Keynsham BS31 2NW

Thursday 7th May 2pm-4/5pm
WE Care & Repair, 5 Hide Market, Waterloo Street, Bristol BS2 0PL

Thursday 14th May 10am-12pm
Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Coniston Road, Patchway BS34 5LP

Thursday 21st May 10.30am-12.30pm
Whisty Hall, Radstock BA3 3JL

Thursday 4th June 10am-12pm
Salvation Army (Annexe Room), Broad Street, Staple Hill BS16 5LN

Thursday 2nd July 10am-12pm
Armstrong Hall, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BJ

to book a space email judy.mead@wecr.org.uk or call 0117 9543923 / 0300 323 0700

Creative Sessions for People experiencing Dementia or Mental Health issues, April 2015

Southern Brooks Training Courses, Summer 2015

Self Harm Mobile App Consultation


South Gloucestershire Carers' Choir, from April 2015

New Hoarding Project by ‘Silverlinks’ at WE Care & Repair

Hoarding can take over people’s lives. The Chief Fire Officers Association estimates that over 25% of all fire fatalities involve hoarding. Hospital beds are “blocked” as people do not have a safe and clean home to go back to, and there may be environmental health issues. We have all seen the various TV programmes. This is an extensive, though largely hidden issue, as people are embarrassed by it and do not know where to turn for help.

The Silverlinks peer support volunteer programme at WE Care & Repair have an exciting new initiative funded by Quartet Community Foundation to train a small group of staff and specially recruited volunteers (aged over 50) to work with clients who hoard, to help them address their hoarding behavior in a sustainable way.

By helping with hoarding issues we will be enabling older people locally to:
- have essential house repairs.
- have adaptations to their house due to disability.
- move to a more suitable home.
- have more peace of mind from the distress caused by hoarding.
- make their own home safer and healthier and more pleasant to live in.

We aim to start helping clients this summer and are seeking potential volunteers aged over 50 who will give peer support to older people who hoard.

All volunteers will receive:
- Specialist training about hoarding (in May 2015).
- Training in a variety of other relevant topics offered throughout the year.
- Ongoing supervision and support.
- Working alongside WE Care & Repair caseworkers, technical officers and handypersons as well as other relevant organisations.
- Regular volunteers’ meetings – opportunity to meet our existing friendly volunteers.

For more information visit our web site www.wecr.org.uk/silverlinks or phone 0117 954 3937. The closing date for applications is 19th March 2015.

MIND the GAP: A Headway Somerset Conference

Headway Somerset, supported by Healthwatch Somerset, announce a special half day conference to look at the Gaps in Service from the point of hospital discharge, into care & support and towards rehabilitation.

MIND the GAP: Working Together to Avoid the Gaps brings together service users, carers, service providers, clinical staff and commissioners to explore how services can be improved.

While the conference is being designed and led by service users and Brain Injury survivors, the scope is far wider.

• Celebrating good practice.
• Exploring what and where the gaps are.
• Identifying Top Tips for Avoiding the Gaps.

This half day conference is a unique opportunity to hear from everyone involved - those who need the services and those who commission, organise and provide the services.

• Introduction outlining local and national perspective
• The changes brought about by Social Care Act.
- What's happening in the commissioner's world?
- What's happening in social care?
- What are service users saying?
- Who is most important?
• Service User Presentations
• Talking Heads - Health & Social Care professionals and practitioners - "What the gaps are for me"
• The Top Tips - what we can do as individuals differently that will make a difference?

"Mind the Gap" will take place on Tuesday 19 May at the Edgar Hall, Somerton (parking available) at 9.30am for a 10.00am start and concluding with lunch at 1pm.

For information contact Headway To book your FREE place email MTG@headwaysomerset.org.uk

Free Training for Personal Assistants


Coping With Autism Sessions, Sensory Heaven, from February 2015


Bristol Autism Support Monthly Laugh Club


New Swallow Art & Craft Group in Keynsham


Bristol NHS Clinical Commissioning Group launches 'Ask 3 Questions'


Young Carers Launch New Online Resource

The Carers' Centre has been working with a group of 20 youngsters aged from 6 to 19 to develop a new online resource for young carers across Bath and North Earth Somerset.  The new website features photos, recordings, film and ideas generated by the group, each of whom care for a member of their family at home.

The new website can be found at: www.banescarerscentre.org.uk/youngcarers


New service from charity 'Family Lives' for Ex-Services families in South Gloucestershire.

A unique family resettlement service for ex-service families entering or living a civilian life.


Bridgwater College - Free funded training courses available

These courses can also be delivered within your own premises for a minimum of 6 delegates:-

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Safe Handling of Medicines
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Care and Management of Diabetes
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in End of Life Care
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning Principles
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Customer Care
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business Admininstration

For further details please contact Gail Burfitt, 01278 441358, 07808243148, or burfittg@bridgwater.ac.uk


People and Research South West

The Care Forum is working in partnership with local NHS organisations and universities in the People and Research SW initiative.  The aim of the project is to support public involvement in health and social care research. People and Research SW is also here to offer guidance and support  if you are looking for information or guidance for your particular research or would like to make contact with other research projects.  For more information on training events, networking meetings and other resources, Tel: 0117 328 8809 or email:   Catrin.Richards@uwe.ac.uk  or see the weblink:   http: //tinyurl.com/People-and-Research-SW


South Gloucestershire Reablement Service

Brunelcare, South Gloucestershire Council and NHS South Gloucestershire are working in partnership to provide a reablement service. This service helps people to re-establish the everyday skills needed for daily living.   It also helps people to find voluntary services, to help with areas of their lives such as social activities and transport. The aim is to provide a stepping stone to independence, allowing people the time, encouragement and support needed to help regain lost skills, learn new skills and gain as much independence and quality of life as possible whilst remaining in their own homes.   The service supports people living anywhere in South Gloucestershire for up to six weeks and at the moment mainly supports people who are discharged from hospital.   From February 2014 the service will be expanding and will be the initial service for most people who require home care support before any longer term support is considered.   To find out more, contact the project manager Rebecca Harrold on Tel: 01454 868 228 or email: rebecca.harrold@southglos.gov.uk


Health and Wellbeing in Bristol – a new strategy for Bristol

Health and wellbeing is important to everyone in Bristol, whether they live, work or learn in the city. Nationally, major changes being made to the way health and social care services will be designed and delivered. Locally, a new strategy is being developed by Bristol’s Health and Wellbeing Board. This new Board, set up as part of the national changes, is responsible for drafting a Health and Wellbeing Strategy to meet the local health needs of our city both now and in the future.

Please read the Draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy:  

http: //tinyurl.com/Bristol-Draft-HW-Strategy

Parenting Sessions and Domestic Abuse

If you or your children have experienced domestic abuse and you would like some support in how to parent, Survive runs 6 weekly sessions with a crèche available at: Bourne Family Centre, Bourne Chapel, Waters Road, Kingswood, BS15 8BE
To find out when the next block starts and for further information, please contact Kirsty at Survive on: Tel: 0117 961 3065 or: 07702 669 687 or
Helen on: 07850 912 230 or e-mail: KirstyL@survivedv.org.uk

Domestic Violence Leaflet in 12 Languages

There are new leaflets available from the Home Office, in 12 languages, developed with Southall Black Sisters to cover 'honour'-based violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, dowry abuse, domestic and sexual abuse, and having no recourse to public funds. Download them here: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/crime/3-steps-escaping-dv/


Advice Service in Paulton

Age UK B&NES will be providing a new information and advice service from Paulton Library Hub from February 19. The charity will be able to advise on issues of concern to older people, their families and carers. This could be help in checking they are getting the benefits they are entitled to or providing advice on local care services or housing.

The charity will be offering drop-in advice sessions on the third Wednesday of every month, from 2pm – 4pm.


SWALLOW Activities for people with Learning Disabilities
New in Keynsham:
Boogie Nights
is a dance session on Monday evenings 7-9pm where people can join in and learn a selection of dance styles and meet friends. At Keynsham Rugby Club Bristol Rd Keynsham BS31 2BE.

Tuesday Activity Day
From 10am to 4pm starting with art or cookery and a discussion about keeping fit and healthy eating, followed by drama in the afternoon. At St John’s Church Hall in Keynsham, 1 The Park BS31 2BL.   
The activities are open to people of all abilities and interests.

New in Twerton:
Activities at Twerton Village Hall Landseer Road Twerton Bath BA2 1DX 10am - 2pm every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesdays cover life skills training, including shopping, cookery and budgeting. On Wednesdays the group opens a cafe for the general public to enjoy.

For further information on all SWALLOW activities and courses please contact Caroline on Tel: 01761 414 034 or email: CarolineT@swallowcharity.org


Patchway Memory Café

A new memory café for people with dementia is starting up at the Casson Centre in Patchway. It will meet on third Monday of the month from 2–4pm. Contact Eleanor Fairbrother Tel: 01454 868454 or e-mail: dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk


Sporting Memories

Do you have memory problems but love sport?
These three groups are for older people with dementia or memory issues.
Every Tuesday 11.00am - 12.30pm at Filton Library, The Shield Retail Centre, Link Rd, Filton BS34 7BR,
Every Thursday 11.00am  - 12.30pm, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Bristol County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol, BS7 9EJ
Every Friday 2.00pm - 3.30pm at Patchway Library, Patchway Hub, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5PE .
Places at each group are limited and will be subject to allocation, but you are welcome to bring along a relative or friend who shares your passion. To book a FREE place contact Tel: 07765 864484 or email: