Resources: Advice

Age UK

Age UK provide advice, combat loneliness and enable independence. They run a number of services at their local Bristol branch, providing practical help, social support, and advice for older people. Other branches are available throughout the country.

Brigstowe Project

The Brigstowe Project is a Bristol-based charity for people living with or affected by HIV or AIDS. They provide ongoing support, advice, and information to people living with HIV in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

Bristol City Council – Adult Health and Care

Bristol City Council’s adult health and care department provides help and advice with the following:* Reporting suspected abuse
* Help at home
* Paying for care and support
* Social Care advice and help
* Being part of the community
* Housing Options
* Dementia
* Disability
* Advice and support for carers
* Health and wellbeing

Further information is available for care professionals, and about Adult Care Partnership Boards and consultations and reviews.

Bristol Law Centre

Bristol Law Centre is a charity providing free information and legal advice on specialist areas of social welfare law to people who could not otherwise afford access to justice, as well as representing these clients in court.

Carers UK

A charity dedicated to improving the lives of carers. Services include a helpline providing advice & information for carers on any issue including benefits, residential care, the Carer’s Act and respite care; online forums; and facilitation of support groups.

Citizens Advice Bristol

The Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau are a local charity that provides free, confidential, and impartial advice and campaigns on big issues affecting people’s lives. They provide drop-in sessions, information, and signposting from their office in central Bristol, as well as running drop-ins in some health centres across the wider city, and have a telephone helpline (03444 111 444) available between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Maternity Action

Charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years. Maternity rights advice line available.

Mind Legal Line

National Mind Legal line provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law covering mental health, mental capacity, community care, human rights and discrimination/equality related to mental health issues. They can be contacted between 9am and 6pm Mon-Fri (except Bank Holidays) on 0300 466 6463

Off The Record: Bristol

OTR isn’t just a charity providing mental health services, it’s a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people! We offer counselling in Central Bristol, and Yate.

We also offer a whole range of other services,including but not limited to projects and social action, nature works, and inspiration works which covers our creative side of the service. Examples of these are, Book club, Mindfulness, and Bristol meet ups, as well as our allotment.

We are a self referral service so you can either sign up online, or come to one of our hubs.

Shire Advice Service

Based in Shirehampton and delivered in conjunction with North Bristol Advice Centre, Shire Advice provides information and advocacy covering welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment rights, consumer issues and family issues.

St Pauls Advice Centre

A community resource at the heart of St Pauls. St Pauls Advice Centre offers independent legal advice, a confidential, non-judgemental, free service, drop-in and appointment based advice sessions covering welfare benefits, debt and money, employment, housing, immigration and other advice, outreach sessions at various other venues, home visits on request, a daily reception service providing information and triage facility and a bilingual service can be arranged at some venue.

Talking Money

Talking Money’s services cover the whole of England and are open to all by self-referral or by signposting/referral from other agencies, though the large majority of their face-to-face work is targeted at people living in Bristol and the surrounding area.… Read more