Resources: Practical Support

1625 Independent People

1625 Independent People is a charity that supports young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They find secure homes, teach life-skills, offer advice, help access training and job opportunities, and have a specific service for unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

AbilityNet

AbilityNet’s Tech volunteers provide free IT support to older people and disabled people of any age in the UK. They can help with IT challenges from setting up new equipment, fixing technical issues, showing you how to stay connected to family and use online services. Support can be requested online or by helpline.

Age UK Bristol

Age UK Bristol and Linkage provide a number of services for older adults, including advice, social and community groups, befriending, and practical support. Advice is also available for carers and family.

Alzheimer’s Society – Helpline

Alzheimer’s Society are a charity that campaigns for change in dementia care, funds research towards a cure, and provides support to people currently living with dementia. They offer a “Dementia Connect” support line to put people in touch with local dementia services and offer advice. They also provide the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service.

Ara Recovery For All

Ara is a major provider of supported housing services in Bristol as a partner in the Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service (ROADS), and has an extensive and expanding service providing counselling and support for problem gamblers.

Bath Mind

Bath Mind offer a range of services and support to people living in Bath and North East Somerset, including befriending, counselling, community groups, a crisis helpline, and practical support. Please note that these services are only available in Bath and… Read more

Brandon Trust

The Brandon Trust exists to enable children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism to live life in the way they choose, by providing high-quality, individualised support that focuses on enabling people to achieve their dreams and truly live free.

Services are available in various locations across the UK, including Bristol, Gloucestershire, South Glos, B&NES, North Somerset, and Wiltshire.

Brandon Trust are a member of the Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Service.

Brigstowe

Brigstowe work to support people with long-term health conditions, including HIV and AIDS, with a range of advice services and peer support. Dedicated services are also available for migrants and asylum seekers living with HIV.

Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service

The Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service delivers a personalised package of dementia support to patients across Bristol. This includes healthcare, social and activity groups, practical support, and services for carers.

Bristol Drugs Project

Bristol Drugs Project provide free and confidential support to people who are looking for help with their own alcohol and drug use, and the people who care for and about them. Services include support groups, drop-ins, harm reduction, and a dedicated helpline. Specific and targeted support is available for children and young people, students, older people, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. A specific service is available for recent drug and alcohol-related bereavements.

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, and online forums where carers can meet and connect.

Filwood Hope

Filwood Hope provides the local community of Knowle West with advice and support on benefit, debt, emplyoment concerns, and housing. Listening services and advice for those over 55 are also available.

GRT Bristol

GRT Bristol is Bristol City Council’s information resource for Gypsy, Roma, Travellers and Boatpeople. Support is also provided through dedicated drop-in centres.

Headway Bristol

Headway Bristol is a local charity which offers a variety of services for survivors of brain injuries and their carers. They provide information, support and services including assistance to support and access to other services.

Heart of BS13

Heart of BS13 work to challenge food insecurity and address physical and mental health concerns in the BS13 area. Projects include supply of food to financially insecure families, and community and social opportunities.

Hoarding UK

Hoarding UK are a national charity supporting people impacted by hoarding behaviour. Services include helplines, support groups, advocacy, and training.

Hope Project

The Hope Project provides short-term emotional and practical support for men aged 30-64 who are in psychological distress or have recently self-harmed.

Next Link

Next Link is part of Missing Link Mental Health Services, providing specific support services for women who are experiencing domestic abuse. Services include safe houses, crisis response, outreach, and helplines.

North Bristol Advice Centre

North Bristol Advice centre offer free and independent advice and support for people dealing with issues around welfare benefit and debt in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Home visits are available for those over 50, and the centre can offer support to get online.

Rethink Bristol Community Support Services

Rethink’s Bristol Community Support Services work directly to help City of Bristol based people with mental health issues make a positive difference in their lives. A placement within the service can last for up to six months, either working towards a specific goal or to build confidence and create meaningful connections within the community. Referrals through a GP or Secondary Mental Health Services.

Victim Support

Victim Support offer free, independent, and confidential advice and support to anyone who has been affected by crime, including a 24-hour helpline, and advocacy for victims of domestic abuse.

YMCA

YMCA England and Wales support young people with issues like housing and homelessness, health and wellbeing, and information and advice.