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.
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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 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 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 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 North East Somerset, and Bristol Mind is a separate organisation offering different services.
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 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.
BASS Autism Services for Adults provide service to adults with autism spectrum conditions and professionals and carers who support them. These include assessment and diagnosis on referral, advice services, post-diagnostic support, one-to-one appointments, group sessions and training.
Bristol City Council provide care and support in the community to adults who live in Bristol and have a disability, long term illness, mental health needs, learning difficulties, age-related health issues, or any other social care needs impacting independence.
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 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.
The Carers Centre is a local charity supporting people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire who care for family and friends. They offer expert advice, emotional support, telephone counselling, and understanding, and support for child carers. All services are free. CarersLine helpline for carers also available
Citizens Advice Bristol provide free, independent, impartial, and confidential advice on issues such as benefits, housing, debt, and family law.
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 is Bristol City Council’s information resource for Gypsy, Roma, Travellers and Boatpeople. Support is also provided through dedicated drop-in centres.
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 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.
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 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 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’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.
The Carers’ Centre provide information, advice, and support to anyone in Bath and North-East Somerset who is caring for a loved one. They also provide opportunities for social connection for carers.
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 England and Wales support young people with issues like housing and homelessness, health and wellbeing, and information and advice.