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May 6, 2021

CASS Bristol South September Ebulletin

welcome to the September edition of this ebulletin, which focuses on World Mental Health Day 2021 

The e-bulletin has 8 sections:
World Suicide Prevention Day 2021
World Mental Health Day 2021
Bristol South Information

Special Interest 
Events and Services in Bristol
Newsletters, Notices and Links
Jobs and Free Training
World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and CASS have been involved in local efforts to improve services and tackle the stigma around conversations about suicide. Part of this work has involved developing a booklet called How to Talk About Suicide, alongside partners at Second Step and those involved in the Bristol Suicide Prevention Group.

If you’d like a copy, download it here  Click here World Mental Health Day 2021World Mental Heath Day is celebrated on October 10th annually and run by the World Federation for Mental Health. 
The theme this year is “mental health in an unequal world” and they explain their theme and the message behind it below.  The aim of celebrating World Mental Health Day is to help raise mental health awareness so that each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people living with mental illness can live better lives with dignity.

Encourage others to talk about mental health, to share experience, wellbeing tips and friendship.

World Federation of Mental Health message and site   Click here
Mental Health UK are broadcasting a mental health film made with ITV   Click hereWellbeingFive Ways to Wellbeing – new ideas for SeptemberFive Ways to Wellbeing are a set of five messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population – the mental health equivalent to your “five a day” fruit and vegetables for physical health.  All five are free, easily achievable and applicable to anyone’s life, no matter what their circumstances.

This edition, like previous editions only has free ideas, events, apps and activities so that they are financially accessible to all.

Connect:reach out to a friend, with something new
Share some of these free wellbeing apps from the NHS   Click here

Be Active:  take exercise in a different way
Soul Dimension are offering free online 30 minute Joy of Breathing sessions   Click here
The Human Nature Project is offering free in person wellbeing sessions in Bristol Woodland locations    Click here

Take Notice: de-clutter or reorganise, look at something from a new perspective
Take notice of how your colleagues, friends and family are feeling or acting

Learn:  read something new
BBC Wellbeing feed shows interesting ideas from others on wellbeing   Click here
The Conversation has many interesting wellbeing articles   Click here

Give:  volunteer time to help others, donate to charities
Check out new Bristol wide volunteer roles on   Click here 

CASS booklet on Wellbeing   Click here
More on the Five Ways of Being initiative from Bristol Mind   Click here Bristol Wellbeing College
Bristol Wellbeing College delivers workshops, courses and activities to improve mental health and wellbeing.  Anyone living in Bristol and who has used Bristol Mental Health Services can attend, and their carers.  The college is starting a phased return to the classroom for some of their classes. 
For current timetable and to register   Click here
For information on Bristol Mental Health Services   Click here Bristol South InformationAshton Gate : Andy’s Man Club
Andy’s Man Club runs at Ashton Gate on Monday evenings at 7pm (except bank holidays) for all men over 18.  For the Ashton Gate Facebook page   Click here
Bedminster : Soundwell Music Therapy Soundwell provides a variety of ways to access music therapy, to meet the needs of different people. These include:weekly groups by referralopen groupsgroups for unpaid carerssinging groupsoutreach sessionsprojects with partner organisationsindividual sessions (if available)Please note that you do not need any musical skills to take part.Bristol groups – at the Quaker Meeting House, Wedmore Vale, Bedminster, BS3 5HXPlease contact Kim Roberts (T 07938 679 667 / E for more information and to book on.20 week music therapy group currently running face to face. Referrals for next series accepted from Sept.Fortnightly singing group – Tuesday mornings (face to face)Monthly Open Group – Tuesday mornings. (face to face)Outreach sessions – (online and face to face)For website   Click here BS13 :  Heart of BS13
The team at Heart of BS13 offer a free meal service to residents of BS13 who need help with stretching the budget in these difficult times.  For information on how to access, donate and for volunteering   Click here Chew Magma : The Community Farm
The Community Farm has two free courses starting soon, that are aimed at people looking to improve or maintain their mental health through connecting with nature, learning, socialising and being active outside.

Grow and Make is a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture course and runs in 12 week blocks 
September 8 – December 15
Sessions are free and are held in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere every Wednesday 10-3pm with a shared lunch. They involve organic growing, foraging, cooking and mindfulness. 
For more information or to register   Click here

Wildsteps is a Social and Therapeutic Conservation course and runs in six week blocks
September 24 – October 29
November 12 – December 17
January 14 – February 18

Sessions are free and held in a supportive and relaxed environment on Fridays between 10 and 3pm with a shared lunch.  They involve environmental conservation activities that build the habitats for wildlife on the farm such as creating flower rich wildlife areas, scything and hedgerow management and mindfulness.
For more information or to register   Click here Filwood :  Filwood Community Market
The market runs every month on the first Saturday of the month from 10pm to 3pm.  For latest news on their facebook page   Click here Filwood :  Filwood hope
For those who live in and around Knowle West and Filwood, Filwood hope is open on Monday and Tuesday mornings for help with benefits, debt – especially contacting creditors, any housing issues etc. Anything that is causing anxiety they urge people to come in and talk it through and they will support you. Their phones are also available for the community to use to contact statutory bodies  07712 661 241   Click here Hartcliffe and Withywood : Community Choir
Knowle West Health Association :  Community Allotment 
The allotment is ready to welcome back the community 

KWHA aims to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local people and we are keen to hear from any community groups that feel they or their service users could benefit from access to food growing or outdoors activities.  The beautiful 1.3 acre allotment site has three polytunnels, a pond, a pizza oven and a newly revamped woodland area for bushcraft activities.

The Allotment Tutors have a range of skills and experience in Forest School, food growing, therapeutic horticulture, nature crafts, foraging and outdoors cooking  and can design and deliver a range of sessions or workshops tailored to the needs of groups in the Filwood and Knowle area. 

Please contact Robyn at for more information or to chat more about what they could provide for your group. Knowle West :  Knowle West Alliance Support Hub
The hub is still supporting local residents who are vulnerable, isolated, or unwell. They can support with finding volunteers to help with shopping, prescription pick-ups and dog walking; plus emergency food provision. Call the FREE We Are Bristol Helpline on 0800 694 0184 and they will refer you to the hub. The helpline is open 8.30 – 5pm Mon – Fri and 10am – 2pm bank hols and weekends
Knowle West Alliance community video for the One City Gathering   Click here Special Interest and SupportLow Cost Counselling from The Network:
Mindfulness for Carers free online courseMINDFULNESS FOR CARERS ONLINE COURSE  The course has been designed to help you to:Make space/ time for yourself, and feel less run down and fatigued Work toward improving your best sleep pattern/habits Improve your emotional well being and learn coping strategies Feel less isolated and more supported Strengthen your resilience and work toward maintaining a hopeful outlookTASTER SESSION So that you can experience what the course will be like and if an online course is for you, this session is 1:15 hours.  We will cover what mindfulness is, share some meditations with you and some ways to use mindfulness  in your everyday life.The next Mindfulness For Carers Taster session is on Thursday evening 9 September at 7 – 8:15pmIf after the taster session you feel that this is for you, sign up for our main course.MINDFULNESS FOR CARERS COURSE which is 1.15 hours a week for 3 weeksWEEKLY MEDITATIONSWhen you have completed the course we hope you may join us in our weekly half hour meditation sessions whenever you would like.  These meditations are on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings and last for 30 minutes.If you feel you would like to join this FREE online course please get in touch by sending an email to: Peer-Support Training  Last Chance!
This free training guides residents and workers through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. These groups will be resident-led, self-sustaining, free of charge and open to anyone aged 18 or over.We want as many people as possible to benefit from this opportunity, so please do help us by sharing widely across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.Want to hear first-hand the impact the peer-support groups can have? Watch these short videos from Donna and Barbara, or read Donna’s story hereSupport availableWe are offering a free training programme to guide local residents and workers through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group. These groups will be resident-led, self-sustaining, free of charge and open to anyone aged 18 or over.The training is based on the successful model of the STAR (Share, Talk and Remember) bereavement peer-support group in Stockwood in Bristol which provides free support for people grieving from a bereavement or difficult transition in their life. The course will be delivered by Jan Perry, STAR Network Co-ordinator & Freelance Trainer, and is supported by Bristol Ageing Better.The training will embed the core principles of the original STAR group to create a network of STAR bereavement peer-support groups across the local area which have strong foundations and are led by local residents.Please do share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested – it is suitable for both local residents and community workers.About the training courseThe free training course involves 4 workshops which will take place online via Zoom. After the training, you will be invited to join catch up sessions for the STAR Network every 2 months to connect with others who have done the training and provide ongoing support for each other as you set up your groups.The same course will run on Tuesday AM, Wednesday PM and Thursday eves (please sign up to one course only).Click on the following links for more information and to sign up to the training:

Tuesdays 10am – Noon,  5th – 26th October 2021   Click hereWednesdays 1pm – 3pm,  6th – 27th October 2021   Click hereThursdays 6pm – 8pm,  7th – 28th October 2021   Click here

This is the last time we’re able to run this training, so don’t miss out!If you have any questions, please contact either Claire or Jan :Claire Chivers   Learning & Monitoring Officer, Bristol Ageing 928 1539Jan Perry   STAR Network Co-ordinator & Freelance Trainerstarsconnecting@outlook.com07595165082  Events and Services in BristolFree NHS and Libraries Resources
The NHS and the Libraries service have put together various resources for physical and mental health and wellbeing,  including information for LGBTQIA and BAME people.  Click here Changes Bristol: Mental health support groups
Changes run several on-line peer-to-peer support groups for particular sections of the community, including LGBTQ+, Women of Colour, Women and Men.  They also run general on-line and face-to-face peer led support groups. For schedule and registration   Click here
Useful video showing how Changes are running their face-to-face meetings   Click here Local Support Helplines
The Independent Mental Health Network have a page with many local telephone support lines and website links.  Click here Healthwatch Bristol
Healthwatch Bristol collect the views and experiences of health care (dentistry, GP’s, hospitals, mental health services etc) from everyone across the city and use these to inform services so that they know what works well and where there needs to be improvement.
To share your views of all health and social care appointments   Click here Newsletters, Notices and LinksCASS – Website has recently been updated
CASS Mental Health Advice Leaflets and Booklets   Click here
CASS Bristol Citywide Newsletter Sept 2021   Click here AGE UK
Latest Edition of FAB newsletter   Click here
Healthy Ageing Directory 2021-22  Click here Bristol Older People’s Forum
Newsletters and Publications   Click here Wellbeing
Advice for the older population from Age Uk   Click here
Tips for everyone from the NHS   Click here Jobs, Vacancies and Free Training VOSCUR Jobs Section
Latest Voluntary and Community Sector paid roles   Click here Open University Courses
The wonderful free Open Learn site from the Open University  Click here Future Learn Free Training
Among the paid courses are many useful courses that are free, these change regularly so pop in from time to time to check them out.   Click here Zero Suicide Alliance Free Training
The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond.  The Suicide Prevention Training is really useful as it provides three different examples of conversations for addressing suicide.
Free Online Suicide Prevention Training   Click here You are receiving this email because you have signed up to receive updates. If you no longer wish to receive them you can stop by using the unsubscribe function at the bottom of this e-bulletin.  If you do not receive this ebulletin (have been sent it by a third party) and would like to, please sign up using the subscribe function at the bottom of this e-bulletin.  Please share with others if you think they may find the information and links included beneficial.  

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