BWV Keep in Contact Project – Update 

In March 2021 we launched our Keep in Contact Project, funded by Awards for All, which aimed to ease the isolation experienced by women during lockdown. The response from our members and women in Bristol was fantastic. We now have 12 fully trained Bubble Leaders leading safe, confidential Whatsapp groups where women can seek support and make connections, hear about events, and access the information they need. We have Bubble Members of all ages and from across the Bristol area. Some Bubbles have appreciated the chance to mix with other ages and demographics, whilst others prefer a group with those going through similar experiences to them. 


When a new member joins the project, we ask them to fill in a survey to help identify the issues which are of most interest to them. We found that women had prioritised the options which gave them the chance to be involved in a community and make connections with other women, rather than subject specific such as menopause or parenting. There is a real need for social interaction and, as we look towards the possibility of further pandemic restrictions, we hope that this project continues to engage with more women and provide them with a safe space and a sense of community.   


We’ve responded to the survey results by focusing on ways to bring women together and create a shared experience. Workshops to date have included sessions on peer support and health issues. There are plans to introduce a book club and we also hope to begin in-person events soon, government guidance allowing, so that those women who want to meet face to face can come together around a shared activity. 


We will be holding further Bubble Leader training towards the end of July, but women can still join the project now as a Bubble Member. Application and project details can be found via . If you would like to join a Bubble please let us know your age and whether you have a preference for the type of group you are allocated to. We’ll report back again once we’ve evaluated our progress and let you know what’s next for the project. 

BWV are fundraising – can you help? 

We’re embarking on our first-ever fundraising campaign and we’re hoping that you can help us – are you a fundraising specialist? Or do you have recent experience of leading a fundraising event? Do you have a spare hour or more to speak to BWV? We’d love to hear from anyone with any insight into the current fundraising landscape, community and/or corporate. 

Help us plan our approach so that we can raise funds to take on the system and not just the symptoms.

Shelter Women’ Peer Research Project – Participant Opportunity 

Shelter are looking for women, and non-binary people who are comfortable in a project that centres women, to take part in the research. The research will take place via 121 phone interviews with trained Peer Research Volunteers, who themselves are women with personal insight of homelessness and bad housing and live in these same areas. Interviews will last around 30-60 minutes and participants will receive a £10 voucher as a thank you for taking part. 

Contact Liv Dunphy Involvement Coordinator – Tel: 07385460150 

New book on history of women’s struggle against domestic violence 

Activist and scholar Gill Hague recounts the inspiring story of the domestic violence movement in the UK. Gill Hague has been a campaigner for women’s rights for 50 years and has been involved in international projects across the world, from India and Uganda to Iraqi Kurdistan. For her life’s work on gender violence, she has received both an Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize and a CBE (which she accepted, but with extreme trepidation about the outdated names). 

Her new book pulls back the curtain on the important part that many women’s activists, including herself, played in establishing the movement. Memories, poems and interviews with activists, practitioners and abuse survivors shed new light on a period of immense change, shaped by this generation of feminist pioneers. 

Bristol City Council’s Families in Focus service wants to provide a parenting course for parents who have found services hard to reach, particularly parents from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. 

To help us to create the most helpful parenting course, we would like you to ask the parents you work with or support the following questions. 

This survey will close on Friday 9 July 2021. 

Job opportunities:  

Interested in joining @SARSAS_uk Team?   

We are currently recruiting for the Trustee Role: We are looking for 3 women* who can offer energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to join our volunteer Board of Trustees at SARSAS. Full info: 

Closing date: 16th of July   

Job Vacancy: Office Administrator  

Is organisation, attention to detail and administration your thing?  

We are looking for a new team member to join our unique charity that is peer led and focussed on the wellbeing of its members and service users. We are looking to employ a person or persons to cover 22.5 hours a week to be responsible for office administration for the charity. The Salary will be £20,000 – 22,500 per annum pro rata depending on experience. 

Closing date: Thursday 1st July 2020 at 5pm  


Women of Colour peer support group: Every Monday! 

One of Changes Bristol peer support groups is dedicated to Women of colour. It’s a safe, friendly place where women can talk about any worries they might have with women who may have had a similar experience. The group is free, open access and no referral or diagnosis needed. 
Contact details/Links: 


Email: Tel:0117 941 1123 

Black Women Pause Workshop! 

A safe online space to support BAME women in Bristol. Free Workshop! A safe online space for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic women, promoting emotional wellbeing, self-help tips, and information. Facilitated by Rethink Mental Illness Community Access Support Service & Nilaari Agency.  

Date: Wed, 7 July 2021 – 10:30 – 11:30 BST 

Link to register: 


CASS Bristol Events – 5 – 10 July 2021 

An invitation to join the CASS Team over July 2021 for a series of online and in-person events, hearing wellbeing stories from mental health services and communities around Bristol and talking to you about what’s next in the story. 

 In- person Catch Up Sessions 

Join your local Networker in a community venue for a chance to catch up, hear stories of the great work that’s been done in Bristol, take part in wellbeing activities, and get up-to-date information about help and support available to you, your group members and community. 

Monday 5th July: Share Stories – North Bristol Catch Up, 11am to 1pm, Greenway Centre 

Wednesday July 7th: Share Stories – South Bristol Catch Up, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Redcatch Community Garden 

Saturday July 10th: Share Stories – Inner & East Bristol Catch Up, 12 to 4pm, St Werburgh’s Community Centre 
Zoom Sessions 

What’s Next in the Story: Community Mental Health Awareness 
Monday July 5th:  1.00 to 2.30pm 

Bring your insights about what can be done in the future to improve awareness of mental health and reduce stigma in your community.  What is great about the work being done, what could there be more of, and what is not working?  This session will offer a chance for communities to reflect on barriers to services, stigma around mental health and gaps in provision in light of the changes over the last year, and will be fed back to local decision makers. 

We will be joined by Mark Allen from Bristol City Council (Thrive) and representatives from community organisations to talk about what has been happening in the city to support communities with their wellbeing. 

Click Here to book your place: 


What’s Next in the Story: Mental Health Services in Bristol 
Thursday July 8th:  1.00 to 2.30 pm 

Join representatives from local services to find out about the work they do, how their provision has changed since the pandemic and how they will be working in the future.  Participants will have the chance to identify the key questions they have about mental health services and ask representatives directly. 

We will be joined by Bristol Mind, Changes Bristol, Mothers for Mothers, Bristol Disability Equality Forum and Creative Shift. 

Click Here to book your place: 

Please share widely with others you think may be interested in these invitations. 

Hope you can join us at one of these July events. 

Subitha and the CASS team. 

Women in the Fire Service (WFS) UK are offering a 6 week future Firefighter support programme. 

This is an online six session free programme of events, designed for people who wish to become a Firefighter but require support and advise in order to take the next steps.  These sessions aim to prepare individuals, ensuring that they have a greater understanding of what it means to become a Firefighter and preparation of the selection tests. 

 The programme is open to women, people from ethnic minorities, LGBTQI+ people, neurodiverse people and persons with disabilities. 

Event: Future Firefighter Positive Action Programme 
Host: Women in the Fire Service UK 
Location: Online 
Date: Tuesdays 15, 22, 29 June and 6, 13, 20 July. 
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 (BST) 
Cost: Free* 

The Prince’s Trust: Free upcoming programme. 

Get into Digital Marketing with FYF (18-30). Online Course.   

Build valuable industry knowledge and gain experience in Digital Marketing with Find Your Feet Digital. This free one-week training course gives YP an insight into the Digital Marketing world. Post programme, some will be able to secure a place on the one-week work-placement and Get Hired event. Work on a live campaigns and gain industry experience. 

Information Session: 15th & 17th June 2-3pm 

Taster Day:  30th June, 10am-12pm 

Programme: 5th – 9th July, 10am-3pm and potential placement opportunity 12th-16th July 

Get Hired interviews: 20th & 21st July, 10am-3pm 

Where: Microsoft Teams 

Sign up by calling us on 0800 842 842 or email: 


Get Hired in Digital Marketing (18 – 30) 

Attend our Get Hired event to interview for live job vacancies within Digital Marketing roles! Young people will also receive 6 months of mentoring support post programme to help them gain and sustain work. 
Info Sessions: Tue 13th July 10am OR 2pm 
Taster day and interview prep: Tue 20th July, 10am – 2pm 
Get Hired interviews: Wednesday 21st July, 10am-3pm 
Location: MS Teams 

Info Session: Tuesday 13th July 10 – 2pm 

Taster day and interview prep: Tue 20th July, 10 – 2pm 

Get Hired interviews: Wed 21st July 10 – 3pm 

Where: Microsoft Teams 

SIGN UP OR FIND OUT MORE 0800 842 842, or register your interest on Eventbrite: 

BME Mental Health Mentorship Scheme 

The Several Seats Mentorship Scheme aims to promote and facilitate professional development for women aspiring to work in the field of mental health. The scheme offers personal and professional mentoring for 8 months and will be on an online cloud-based app platform.