Evidence suggests that connecting with others helps to improve our wellbeing, so we've put together a list of other services below that may be able to help you do this. If you'd like to find out more about the 5 ways to wellbeing, we recommend these links:
They provide peer support to any adult suffering from mental distress. You do not need a diagnosis or a referral to use their service, and it’s completely free. They have online support groups, in person support groups, and walk & talk sessions.
WECIL’s Check in and Chat service supports disabled adults who are feeling isolated and would like someone to talk to regularly. Volunteers make weekly calls to members of our community for 12 weeks, having friendly conversation, lending a supportive ear and signposting to services as required.
- You can refer yourself to their service online here
- Or alternatively call 07973686001 / email email@example.com
- Find out more here
Womankind Befriending Service
Their befriending service supports women to get back on their feet. A volunteer befriender can provide you with company, a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on. Befrienders can help you to get out and about, develop new interests, improve your routine, build new friendships and support networks, increase your confidence and self-esteem.
This service is for isolated women living in South Gloucestershire and Bristol to improve their mental health and wellbeing. They also provide this service for women in Bristol who have experienced sexual violence.
- If you would like to have a befriender, please ask your support worker, sexual violence worker or a health care professional to make a referral.
- If you would like more information, please contact their helpline on 0117 916 6461 or 0345 458 2914. Or see their website here.
Age UK offer a befriending service for residents of South Gloucestershire over the age of 50. This could be face to face or on the telephone.
- Call 01454 411707 (and select option 2 for Volunteering and Befriending)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Or find out more about the service here
A free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and support to older people. Open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
- Call them on: 0800 4 70 80 90
- Or visit their website here
Well Aware provide information on a wide range of organisations; support groups, community groups, events and activities that can help people improve their health and wellbeing in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
- Search their online database here
- Or give them a call on 0808 808 5252
Activities can tick more than one box when it comes to the 5 ways to wellbeing. Volunteering is one of them, as it can help you connect to others, and do something helpful for other people. You can find more information about volunteering on our page about giving.