Resources: National Charities

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.

Al-Anon Family & Alateen

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or a part of their lives. Alateen meetings are specifically for those age 12-17 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Alcoholics Anonymous – AA

Alcoholics Anonymous provide a safe space for individuals to discuss their personal experiences with alcohol with the overall aim of overcoming alcoholism. Both open and closed meetings are available throughout Bristol. National helpline also available.

Anxiety UK

Anxiety UK work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including telephone and text info-lines. Members of Anxiety UK have access to discounted therapy from approved providers and a range of other resources.


The UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat provide information and support. Services include online support groups, one to one webchat, and dedicated helplines for adults, young people, and students.

Bipolar UK

Bipolar UK is dedicated to supporting individuals with bipolar, their families and carers. Services include support groups (Bristol Support Group meets monthly), a peer support line, employment support, and information services.


Bullying UK is a national website, operated by family lives, which gives advice and information to people of any age who are being bullied.

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. They provide support nationally through a helpline and a webchat.


ChildLine is a free and confidential service operated by the NSPCC. Support is available for UK residents under 19 years of age by phone (0800 1111), online, or by email, with Welsh language and BSL counsellors also available. The website also provides a range of resources for young people.

National Autistic Society

The UK’s largest provider of specialist autism services, the National Autistic Society provides information and support to people with autism and their families, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. The link will take you directly to their services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, but their website also contains national information.