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Community Support & Health Examples

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss is working with Bristol Community Health to raise awareness about the impact of hearing loss on people’s health and what simple solutions they can put in place to ensure that BCH services are inclusive and supportive to people with hearing loss.

Action on Hearing Loss is the largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK.

 

Healthy Together Clinic

The clinic is a weekly drop-in clinic for patients with lower leg wounds, who may also benefit from coming to a more relaxed community/social setting, rather than going to their GP surgery.

Age UK Bristol is an independent charity working in Bristol to offer support and services to older people

 

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group runs an annual project helping older people stay healthy and reduce demand on NHS services over the winter period. This includes distributing items such as nightlights and torches, to avoid falling over in the dark/dim light, and producing an informational booklet in English and Chinese giving tips and advice for staying warm and fit.

In February 2017, they launched “The Dementia Experiences of People from Caribbean, Chinese and South Asian Communities in Bristol” report, which was produced in partnership with UWE and a number of other local partners. Further to this a steering group was established, which is working to implement the recommendations of the report.

Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group was set up in 1989 to support Chinese women and their families, who had nowhere else to turn to for support, due to language and/or cultural barriers.

 

50+ Crowd

Bristol Drugs Project runs this is a weekly safe space group and drop in for older service users.

BDP actively contributed to the national Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) guidelines for those substance users aged 45+. BDP has now made the older service user core business for drug and alcohol services.

Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) has over 30 years’ experience of developing and delivering services for people with drug and alcohol problems as one of the most marginalised and disadvantaged populations.

 

Healthy Together Clinic

The Healthy Together Clinic is a weekly drop-in that aims to care for people with non-healing wounds and provides a relaxing space where regular patients of 6 GP practices can have their wounds healed by skilled clinicians while enjoying a cup of tea and a chat.

The clinic is run by Bristol Community Health in partnership with Age UK Bristol.

 

Red Cross First Call: Support at Home 

Primarily used by older people. Our volunteers and support- workers provide help all over the city to those needing it. This may be the difference between a hospital re-admission or even a first time admission. We aim to keep people out of hospital and at home and give them the support they need to live independently for as long as they can. We often refer or signpost service users when our support period is up and think of the longer term even though we are short-term.

The Red Cross First Call: Support at Home Service is dedicated to helping people regain confidence and independence by providing short-term practical and emotional support in the home. This is usually after a hospital admission, a significant life event or just someone recognised as lonely/isolated.

 

RSVP West - Surgery Schemes

RSVP West works with GP Surgeries and Health Centres to recruit and support volunteers who are over 50 from among their own patients. These volunteers provide an invaluable service.

Drivers provide transport for frail or disabled patients and wellbeing guides connect people to other activities and services in their neighbourhood.

RSVP West is a region of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme, part of the national volunteering charity Volunteering Matters). Our area includes Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, together with Bath & North East Somerset.

 

The BME Working Group

Working to improve awareness about dementia, as well as flu clinics and bowel screenings and are working to ensure services cater for the variety of languages spoken in Bristol.

The BME Working Group is a collection of organisation in Bristol who work to identify opportunities to work across services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire to improve awareness, early diagnosis and experience of dementia services for people of BME origins with dementia and their carers.

 

The Community Webs project

The project aims to work with patients with non-medical issues and connect them to activities or services that can address them. They receive support that may reduce repeat non-medical visits to surgeries, and it is believed that a significant number of these non-medical issues are related to loneliness or isolation and that many of the patients will be over 50.

The Community Webs project is funded by Bristol Ageing Better and works with South Mead Development Trust and BS3 Community

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Age-friendly Bristol

An age-friendly city is a city that encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age - World Health Organisation

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Bristol Ageing Better

Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.

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History

The World Health Organisation have developed a framework for tackling such wide ranging issues in a way which is designed to improve the quality of life of older people – the Age-friendly City network.

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