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Missing Link is a mental health and housing service for women in Bristol. They were established in 1982 to provide a range of housing and support to women that either have acute or long term mental health needs.
Bristol Wow is an open group for women ONLY and offers information, networking opportunities and activities of interest and inclusive of women of ALL ages, cultures and backgrounds. They welcome all women resident, new to Bristol, local and visiting from further afield.
The b.friend project provides asylum seekers and refugees with one-to-one support. They match a volunteer with an asylum seeker or refugee for a period of up to one year, and equip them with the tools and support they need to meet regularly for companionship and support.
COVID-19 Update: offering telephone support and advice services and have volunteers from Malcolm X Centre to assist where needed.
Bristol Black Carers supports carers and those whom they care for to access mainstream care and health related public services. They provide regular support group meetings, organise trips and activities to give carers a break and can offer support, advice and information.
The Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group exists to support the health and social care needs of Chinese women and their families in Bristol and the surrounding area.
Bristol Somali Forum (BSF) is an umbrella organisation that has been set up by the local community to bring together different somali groups and voluntary organisations across the whole of Bristol and discuss and co-ordinate different plans that will better our communities.
Dhek Bhal Day Centre Project is unique and caters for South Asian women from the age of fifty five from Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The Project was established in 1988 so that elderly women could meet for friendship and mutual support at a convenient location and maintain independence.
Based in Bristol, the Sky Project provides training and support to a range of professionals, communities, schools, universities, professional bodies and any other relevant group on the issues of forced marriage and honour based violence.
COVID-19 Update: Counselling over phone
The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation provides advice and support to Middle Eastern women and girls living in the UK who are facing ‘honour’ based violence, domestic abuse, forced marriage or female genital mutilation.
COVID-19 update: Continuing to provide their solidarity fund, food parcels and hot food by takeaway. Mentoring project is continuing over the phone. Borderlands works especially with people seeking asylum in the UK or have become a refugee from other countries; they support people who have been trafficked and trapped in domestic service or the sex industry.
COVID-19 update: Face to face services are currently paused but you can still get advice from Bristol Refugee Rights via email, phone or WhatsApp.
Bristol Refugee Rights provide a place of welcome in Bristol where asylum seekers and refugees can meet and be supported to play a full part in the life of the wider community and also campaign for the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
COVID-19 update: They are providing emotional support for women experiencing domestic violence and liaising with Next Link; interpreting of up to date information from the government and NHS; access to medical attention for members. They are working with their network of more settled to support those who are more isolated.
Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol. They are directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum-seeking community, providing services to disenfranchised groups over and above the generic category of ‘refugee’..
The Haven offers Asylum Seekers across Bristol and South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trusts a comprehensive health assessment, which can include vaccinations and screening for communicable diseases. Patients will then be helped to register with a local GP practice.
Advice on all matters including immigration and benefits. Locations and contact details of local offices. Advice is available in Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak and Slovenian.
The East European Advice Centre (EEAC) is a charity that provides advice and support to people from Eastern Europe. They offer free and independent information and advice to help East Europeans to live independently in the community.
COVID-19 Update: Get in touch via https://www.facebook.com/groups/111515812210135
Indigo produce social, networking & cultural events for lesbian / LBTQ+ women. Run by an all-women team, Indigo was created to build professional & friendship networks for women in Bristol & beyond.
Transbristol is a collection of trans*, genderqueer, or otherwise non-binary gendered people living in and around Bristol. They aim to create and sustain safe spaces for people identifying under the trans umbrella through events.
Bristol Pride is an annual free festival held in the heart of Bristol to celebrate the LGBT communities. Organised by members of the LGBT+ community Pride is the chance for all LGBT+ people, their friends, families and allies to stand up and declare they are proud of who they are and their loved ones.
LGBT Bristol works in partnership with Bristol City Council to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to become actively involved in community life. They pride themselves in challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the wider community and helping to promote understanding of equality and inclusion of LGBT+ people.
Range of NHS mental health support services including therapy, rehabilitation, dementia support, and wellbeing advice, also crisis support including Women’s Crisis Centre, which provides a safe place for women in mental health crisis to stay
Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
Counselling service access to specially trained counsellors and psychotherapists in Bristol and Bath. Interpreters provided if required.
BDP is an independent charity committed to reducing harm and helping people gain independence from drugs and alcohol. All services are free and confidential. Includes women’s services.
Psychological Care. Bristol Wellbeing Therapies (BWT) is the gateway into Bristol’s NHS funded primary care service. BWT conduct all the assessments into this free and confidential service. Linkages with women’s groups around Bristol.
Counselling, Youth Support Workers (YSWs), Groups & Workshops, Sexual Health & the C-Card Scheme and help and info on depression, anxiety, self harm, anger, eating problems, suicide.
W.I.A.S (Women’s Independent Alcohol Support) is a friendly non-judgmental non-profit organisation run by women for women who are concerned about their alcohol use.
Advice and Support to anyone wanting to know more about drugs, information about different drugs and their effects, advice on how to help a friend/family member. Advice leaflets available and can refer to local services.
Every Monday evening from 6pm to 9pm. Sick of paying for repairs, want to know more, or just tired of that squeaking sound that your chain keeps making? This is for you! Bring your bike to fix, clean or just to give it a check over. This is an open workshop session for women to share knowledge and skills in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
The African Sambistas are a Bristol based samba fusion dance and drumming group. They hold weekly classes, perform at events, run drum and dance workshops and have fun as an open access community group.
Sole Sisters is Bristol’s first all women England Athletics affiliated running group. They are based in North Bristol and cater for all abilities from beginner through to experienced runner.
Sports Watch featurse stories on sportswomen role models, as well as sports commentary, match reports, and news articles. They also provide a listing of Bristol sports clubs welcoming women.
Nice Bristols are a women’s Ultimate Frisbee club based in Bristol. The team was formed in 2004 and has since competed in many domestic and international events, with several of the team also representing Great Britain.
Bristol Against Violence and Abuse (BAVA) is a collection of people and organisations in Bristol working to end all types of violence and abuse against women and girls and domestic and sexual violence against men.
Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events.
SARSAS provides support to people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, B&NES, North Somerset and Somerset, who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.
If you need advice or information about female genital mutilation or are worried about a child at risk, you can contact the FGM Helpline 24/7 on 0800 028 3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Next Link operates local domestic abuse support services in South and North Bristol and a specialist advice service for anyone worried about forced marriage. Sister organisation of Missing Link.
Survive is an innovative local charity working towards freedom from domestic abuse for children, young people and families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They offer practical and emotional support, information and education for children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence and abuse.
The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them. The programme usually lasts for 11 or 12 weeks and is FREE. It provided by hundreds of agencies across the UK.
Unseen works towards a world without slavery. Their specialist care is the first step in the fight against slavery. Through supporting survivors, their provision gives them a safe place to recover from trauma and rebuild their lives.
SPAN engages and empowers one-parent families living in isolation, from different communities and cultures. They provide childcare, parenting programmes, one-to-one parent support and a wide range of adult learning opportunities to support parents’ personal development, skills and employment prospects.
Relate are the largest provider of relationship support in the UK and offer help and advice with relationships, sex, family life, children and separation. Regardless of sexual orientation and relationship status, Relate act as a support source for all.
Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England. They put children’s needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard at the heart of the family court setting, and that decisions are made in their best interests.
NACCC is the supporting membership body for around 350 child contact centres and services located throughout England (including the Channel Isles), Wales and Northern Ireland. Child contact centres and services are neutral places where children of separated families can enjoy contact with their non-resident parents and sometimes other family members, in a comfortable and safe environment.
BAND is an umbrella organisation which supports and develops childcare provision in and around Bristol. They provide services to childcare providers, people working with children, families and employers.
EFP provides a wide range of services in a welcoming, relaxed environment. These include: a 32 place nursery, stay and play toddler sessions childsplay, training courses and crèches, family support with a co-ordinator who is available for one to one support, community cafè and SADAKA: where Arabic (but not only) speaking women can come together in a safe environment to discuss issues, socialise, and support one another.
A group of mothers, most of who have suffered postnatal depression or distress after the birth of one or more of their babies. They offer support, advice, information and most of all a listening ear for any worries or concerns you may have..
Support services for children who have one or two parents that suffer from alcoholism or similar addictive problems. Helpline available for children and adults who were children of alcohol dependent parents.
UN women aim to remove the social and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their potential. In the UK, UN Women is represented through the National Committee, and they focus on awareness, advocacy and activation
The Women’s Network is a great opportunity to get involved with representation and campaign on gender issues at the University of Bristol. It is open to any students who self-define as women, including (if they wish) those with complex gender identities which include ‘woman’, and those who experience oppression as women.
The Bristol anarcha-feminist group meets twice a month. Meetings are held at the Smiling Chair, 40 Stokes Croft. They’re a women-only group, interested in working with people who identify &/or are identified as women.
Bristol Fawcett is an activist group, whose members seek not primarily to talk about feminism but to ‘do’ feminism and make a difference – however small – to awareness, policy and practice in the local area. Members give their time, their ideas, and their skills, to projects and events that we undertake.
A community group of women and men from the Bristol area who are interested in discussing feminist ideas, who believe in the importance of women’s liberation, and who actively campaign on issues of gender inequality and oppression.
The aim of the society is to raise awareness of feminist and intersectional issues and campaign for the end of the systemic inequalities which facilitate and catalyse them. Whether issues affect billions or solely Bristol, they hope to combat inequality in as many big and small ways as they can.
The Federation with 114 WIs and 4980 members offers fun and friendship for members, with an opportunity to improve the quality of community life. Many events are organised by the sub committees during the year. These include outings to places of interest, holidays, speakers evenings, sports, crafts, historical and musical events.