Age UK Bristol – telephone befriending service
A supportive, listening ear and reassurance for people over 60. Free weekly 20 minute chat with a volunteer.
Contact details: 0117 929 7537
Age UK Website
Alzheimer’s Society provides information on all forms of dementia and links to local dementia support groups. They provide support through a variety of groups and activities, including:
Singing for the Brain ®
Sports and Social Club
Groups for carers
There is also a Befriending Service which provides personalised support for people with dementia and/or carers. There is a charge for this service.
Find out more at the Alzheimer’s Society website or look at their local support group section to find support groups and activities in the Bristol area.
For more information call 0117 961 0693 (Bristol office) or the national helpline on 0300 222 1122 (local rate call).
The service is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am – 2.00pm. There is an answerphone for outside office hours.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as being partners in the Dementia Wellbeing Service, Alzheimer’s Society provides support in Bristol through a variety of groups and activities, including:
There is also a Befriending Service, which provides personalised support for people with dementia and/or carers. There is a charge for this service.
Telephone: 0117 961 0693 9.00am – 2.00pm Monday to Friday. There is an answerphone for outside office hours.
Provide a weekly visit for up to six weeks after somebody has been discharged from hospital having had at least one night’s admission. Support is provided through home visits aimed at encouraging independence by providing shopping, light domestic work, signposting and companionship.
Contact: 0117 301 2601
Contact email: HfHBristolSouthGlos@redcross.org.uk.
Red Cross Website
The Dementia Wellbeing Service is part of Bristol's recently recommissioned mental health services. You can read more about the new services, and Bristol CCG's vision for mental health service provison in the city by visiting the Bristol Mental Health website.
Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. To find out more about becoming a volunteer host or a guest in the Bristol area, please go to - http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/about-us/locations/south-west or contact Helen Ker - 01225 873812, email@example.com
Dementia Mentors is a website offering online support to people with dementia. The website offers online mentor sessions and virtual memory cafes. The mentors are all people who have a diagnosis themselves.
There are regular support meetings that run across Bristol that aim to support people with any form of diabetes.
To find out more please go to - http://www.diabetesbristol.org.uk/
Bristol CCG has created a handy service finder on its website enabling you to find your local health services. This contains a wide range of services relating to all elements of health. The service finder includes GPs, pharmacists, your nearest Walk-in Centres, Urgent Care Centres and Emergency departments. All you need to search is your postcode.
Independent Age Helpline aim to provide you with advice or support directly, or to point you in the right direction. Their particular areas of knowledge include:
The advice and information services are completely impartial.
Call the freephone line on 0800 319 6789
You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Produced by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust, there are several self-help guides for a range of mental health conditions, e.g. depression, anxiety, controlling anger.
Parkinson's UK groups offer information, support and friendship for people with Parkinson's disease. On the first Saturday of each month, there is a group that meets at Oatley Hall at St Monica's Trust in Bristol. For more details, please go to https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/local-support-groups/regions/bristol-branch
The Royal British Legion’s Independent Living Service covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They offer beneficiaries a high quality, friendly and professional service to live safe and well at home. In the Bristol area, the Independent Living Service comprises of two services; the Independent Living Advice Service and the ‘WE Care and Repair’ handy person service.
They offer support face to face, over the telephone and email to help beneficiaries work towards goals that are important to them.
This means they could help with:
Specialist Information and Advice-About Independent Living Options
Aids and Adaptations
Assistance with Disabled Facilities Grants and Challenges
Small maintenance jobs
Home safety checks
Winter warmth checks
Help and support to navigate social services
Help and support to challenge decisions
Help to address isolation and loneliness
Information on local services
Setting up your own social groups
Help to understand your rights and speak up
Who can use this Service?
A beneficiary is anybody who has served, is currently serving in the armed forces or are a carer, dependent, spouse or partner of someone who is serving or has served.
0808 802 8080- Open 8am-8pm- 7 days a week
Or visit one of their pop in centres:
Toilets with extra room and easier access for the use of disabled people.
To obtain your own key contact 0117 955 9083
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) provides volunteering opportunities that allow older people over 50 to play an active role in their communities.
0117 922 4392
RSVP West Region, The CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN
SSAFA provides lifelong support for veterans and their families. Their trained volunteers can provide practical and emotional support if and when you need it.
Here are some of the services they offer.
Practical housing advice and support to Armed Forces veterans and their dependents including guidance around housing benefits and accessing social housing.
After leaving the Forces, some ex-service personnel find themselves in financial trouble. SSAFA can give you the support you need.
Help with mobility
Our volunteers can help veterans to help maintain mobility and independence at home including mobility scooters and stairlifts.
How we can help you get hold of essential household items, including white and brown goods.
SSAFA helps military families facing mental health problems, including depression, anxiety or dealing with PTSD.
Helping individuals transition out of the Services, no matter what the circumstances
Armed Forces transition support
Get help for you and your family as you make the transition from the Forces to civilian life.
Help with the loss of a loved one
If you lose someone who has previously served in our Armed Forces, or you are ex-Forces and have lost someone, then SSAFA is committed to giving you support.
We know that significant number of veterans find themselves on the streets so we have developed specialist services to support them.
Support for offenders and ex-offenders
We are committed to providing serving personnel and veterans in custody and their families with support, however their circumstances may have changed.
We offer places to stay for veterans and their dependents
To access help, please contact:
Unforgettable aims to improve the lives of those living with memory loss and dementia by bringing together specialised products, practical advice and a supportive community.
Volunteer Bristol promotes and supports volunteering in the city. Drop-in available Tuesdays and Wednesday 11.00am-3.00pm.
0117 989 7733
Volunteer Bristol, Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4GB
Volunteer Bristol Website
Independent website offering generic advice and support for anyone with ageing and elderly family and friends
When The Get Older Website
We have now launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. We commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city.
There are an estimated 25,000 BME people with dementia in the UK. While the number of white, British people with dementia is expected to double by 2051, the numbers of people from BME communities is expected to increase sevenfold within the same timeframe.
Mrs Kwan, who is originally from China, has lived in Bristol with her husband for 45 years and raised their family here. She is now carer to her husband who has dementia. She explains: “Life changes significantly for someone with dementia, and for their carer and family too. It’s really important to get help. In our community, a lot of people don’t know what dementia is, we don’t even have a word for it. This means that lots of people with the disease run the risk of being forgotten.”
Within each of the films, medical experts, people affected by dementia and members of the relevant communities explain what dementia is, outline how people can gain a diagnosis and access the free support available from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
This issue is echoed across many communities, as well as within white-British communities, and one which the films address head on.
Khadra Abdi, who cares for her mother with dementia and is active in the Somali community in Bristol says: “Many older people within our community have limited English language, and when they don’t understand what dementia is it can be very scary. These films explain about the disease and the help available in a simple, clear way, and most importantly in their native language, making it far easier for them to gain a genuine understanding of dementia, get a diagnosis from their GP and to get support from the Dementia Wellbeing Service”.
You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
Posted at 09:16 on 01/08/2017
BREAKING NEWS! Our new short films talking about dementia and how you get can support in Bristol are now live!
Please click on the links under 'Dementia - Your questions answered' above
Posted at 16:11 on 31/07/2017
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