Support groups to improve mental wellbeing launch in south Bristol
Community mental health charity, Changes Bristol, has launched five in-person peer support groups in south Bristol in partnership with Knowle West Health Park and BS3 Community.
Changes Bristol - which provides free peer support groups to help improve people’s mental wellbeing - currently runs online support groups and a befriending phone service, but following feedback from members, a return to physical groups has been arranged.
Since the first lockdown, Changes Bristol has seen three times as many new members accessing their services. The charity says that it has witnessed first-hand the rise of anxiety and isolation in people throughout the city.
A spokesperson from the charity said: "With this in mind, looking after our mental health is more important than ever in this difficult time, and new government guidelines state that charities are able to continue running support groups in person.
"Changes Bristol have put various security measures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved."
The peer support groups are free to attend and available to anyone - there is no need for a diagnosis or referral. There is also no obligation to attend a number of groups, you can attend as many or as few as you wish. The Changes Bristol virtual groups will also continue for those who don’t feel ready to be in a room with others yet.
The free peer support groups meet at the following places and times across BS3 and BS4:
Monday, 1-3pm, Where: Ashton Vale Community Centre, Ashton Vale
Wednesday, 1.30-3.30pm, Where: Redcatch Centre, Knowle
Wednesday, 7-9pm, Where: United Reformed Church, Bedminster
Thursday, 1-3pm, Where: St Cuthbert’s Church, Brislington
For more details about these groups, visit: changesbristol.org.uk/alert-south-bristol-groups-opening-in-january. If you have any questions or concerns, get in touch with Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org.