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.

POhWER – Bristol Advocacy Services

POhWER provides a range of advocacy services in Bristol:

  • Community / Outreach Advocacy, for adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs who need support with a particular issue
  • Citizen Advocacy, for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, physical/sensory impairment, and/or older people who need support with health and wellbeing issues
  • BAME advocacy for people from BAME communities with a mental health issue, including inpatients on psychiatric wards and people living in the community experiencing serious mental or emotional distress.

SWAN Advocacy – South Gloucestershire Services

SWAN (South West Advocacy Network) offer a range of advocacy services in South Gloucestershire:

  • VOCAS (Victims of Crime Advocacy Service), allowing adult victims of crime to access advocacy and practical and emotional support to cope, recover, and engage with the criminal justice system.
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy, for individuals with a substantial difficulty going through a care act process without an appropriate person they would like to support them.
  • Independent Mental Health Act Advocacy (IMHA), providing advocacy to individuals under the Mental Health Act
  • Independent Mental Capacity Act Advocacy (IMCA), providing advocacy to vulnerable adults who lack the ability to make important decisions and do not have family or friends to help them.
  • Generic Advocacy, issue-based and time limited advocacy for adults.

24/7 Support & Connect

Immediate emotional and practical support helpline – 0800 0126549

An NHS, free, confidential, 24/7 helpline provided by Vita Health Group, in partnership with AWP. The line is staffed by experienced counsellors, who you can talk to and they will listen. They will offer emotional support and can connect you to organisations available in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).

The helpline is for people aged 18 and over who are living within BNSSG or are registered with a GP within BNSSG.

If you are 17 or under, please instead call the Children and Young People’s helpline via Avon & Wiltshire Partnership SPA line (0300 303 1320).


Hidayah are a charity providing support, mentoring, and social connection opportunities to LGBTQI+ Muslims.

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.


akt supports lgbtq+ young people in the uk experiencing homelessness or living in hostile environments to find safe homes, employment, education or training, and to celebrate their identities in order to improve their life outcomes.


Luv2meetU is a friendship service for people with a learning disability and/or autism aged 18 and over. People are supported to make friends and share interests.

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