Resources: Support groups

Avon Trans People

Self-help group for those considering or undergoing gender reassignment. Signposting and personalised support for: medical and treatment issues, emotional and family concerns, passing problems and legal matters.

Battle Against Tranquillisers

BAT offers mutual support to anyone who wishes to consider the level of benzodiazepines etc. they take or to come off these tranquillisers. There is no pressure and clients are encouraged to be in charge of their own withdrawal. Family, friends and carers are also welcome.

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers. They support and develop self-help opportunities for people affected by bipolar, offer information on bipolar, self-help groups and education and self-management. Bristol Support Group meets monthly.

Care Forum

The Care Forum support communication, consultation and networking with the voluntary and community sector (VCS). They work to empower adults and young people to voice issues about local social and community care services, and provide information and advice about voluntary and statutory sector health and well-being services.

Crossroads Transgender Support Group

The Bristol Crossroads group has been supporting the transgender community in and around Bristol, under various names, for over 25 years. The meetings are informal and provide the opportunity for all transgender people (Transvestites, Crossdressers, Transexuals, both male-to-female and female-to-male) and their partners and family to meet and dress in a safe and supportive environment. There are changing facilities available for those who need them.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

A fellowship of people who have experienced difficulties in life as a result of our relationship to food and eating and joined FA because of an obsession with food. Group in Bristol who aid each other through shared experience and mutual support, we help each other to recover from food addiction. Their program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. We make use of AA principles to gain freedom from addictive eating.

Freedom Youth

Freedom Youth is a fun, safe, inclusive and supportive project for those aged 13-19 years, where you can meet other lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or questioning young people. It’s open to anyone questioning their sexuality or gender – no labels applied! As well as groups, the Freedom staff offer one-to-one support and signposting, including to Off The Record’s in-house LGBTQ counsellors. The service is operated by Off The Record.

Gender Jelly

A monthly safe space for young people (13-25 years old) who might be questioning their gender identity, or who identify on the trans spectrum, to talk about gender and what it means to them. Sessions are workshop based and provide support, information and signposting.

NB:South West

Non-Binary South West is a peer support group for trans* people in the South West of England (or beyond) with non-binary gender identities

Off The Record: Bristol

Off the Record provides free confidential, self-referral specialist information, advice, informal support and counselling for young people in Bristol, aged 11 – 25. Appointments can be arranged through the helpline or via email.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a Fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. The OA Programme is based on the twelve step recovery programme of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Positive Minds

Positive Minds offers support and advice to help adults improve their wellbeing and reduce the mental and emotional stress in their life through one to one support and monthly coffee mornings.

Safe Link

We provide support for anyone (women, men, children) who has been the victim of rape and sexual abuse across the whole of Avon and Somerset area. We also provide women’s mental health and domestic abuse support services.

Single Parents Website

This website is aimed at parents who, for whatever the circumstance, are raising children on their own. It provides information, expert advice, interactive learning, multi-media content, links to other support organisations and news for anyone parenting alone.

Social Anxiety Bristol

Social Anxiety Bristol (SA Bristol) is a self-help group open to anyone who experiences or has experienced social anxiety. The group offers a safe place to talk about your social anxiety and get help and advice from like-minded people who have been through similar experiences.

Studio Upstairs

Studio Upstairs provides artistic resources and support to adults experiencing mental and emotional distress and in drug and alcohol recovery. As well as visual arts, the Studio also has active music and creative writing groups.

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP)

Triumph Over Phobia runs a national network of self-help groups designed to help sufferers of phobia and OCD to overcome their problems using graded self-exposure (a lay form of behaviour therapy) in a supportive group environment.

Women’s Support Group for 50+

This group aim to break through the barriers of isolation that lots of women share by creating a safe place for women to support each other. Call Denise Donovan on 07415009648 or Sue Williams on 01179642851.