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How to get funding for rehab

Funding for rehab Bristol Addiction Substance Misuse

There are a lot of myths around treatment and how to get funding for rehab. Not much is known about how much they cost, how to actually get inside and how to get funding for rehab in Bristol and the South West. I’ve been inside one rehab centre and it’s no picnic. Drug rehab and addiction treatment centres are not an easy cure for drug addiction. However I’m still clean and sober and have been so for 2.75 years. That’sRead More …

Bristol Independent Futures Group hosts National Expert Citizen Group meeting

Independent Futures Group (IF Group) Bristol hosted the quarterly meeting of the National Expert Citizens Group (NECG) this week. NECG meets every three months. Members of the Expert Citizens groups that provide Lived Experience to the 12 regional partnerships of the Big Lottery funded Fulfilling Lives Project meet to share learning, experience and discuss their projects. The NECG event was held at the Unitarian Chapel in Brunswick Square, Bristol and supported by the Bristol regional Fulfilling Lives project, Golden KeyRead More …

Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week already making an impact

This week marks Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week and already, one story has captured the imagination of the city of Bristol. Homelessness in Bristol is a growing problem. Within the homeless population, a large number are considered to have multiple needs. This means that they suffer from additional issues such as mental health illness, addiction, offending behaviour and trauma. Many need support services to help them out of their plight and give them the opportunity to live fulfilling lives. As charitiesRead More …

Telling Your Story Once

Complex needs is a tricky area to understand, compartmentalise and treat.  Address one area, and the other may come to the surface.  Aggravated and in need of attention.  Put down the drugs and if not treated, the mind can go.  Usually, it is true to say that when support gets offered in one area, the others follow suit.  But the existing system is not set up to address them all together. That’s why IF Group Bristol are getting involved inRead More …

IF Group Bristol’s Lisa Nominated As Inspirational Woman Candidate

Lisa Newman IF Group Bristol

Lisa Newman, a member of IF Group Bristol has been nominated as an inspirational woman by Independent IFB Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West, Dawn Parry.  The nomination was made as part of yesterday’s International Women’s Day activities. Lisa plays a key role in IF Group’s advisory work within the Bristol Golden Key project and has been heavily involved with local awareness of Homelessness and International Women’s Day in the last week. Dawn explained to Golden Key why she nominated Lisa: “IRead More …

IF Group joins Big Issue and Mayor George Ferguson at Bristol Big Sleep Out 2015

IF Group Bristol Big Sleep Out Mayor George Ferguson

IF Group Bristol spent a cold (but dry) night out to raise awareness of homelessness issue alongside The Big Issue at Bristol’s 2105 Big Sleep Out, part of the UK-wide Homelessness Awareness Week.  Jason, Aisha, Aaron and Lisa represented IF Group and stood and slept alongside George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, parliamentary candidates, organisations, charities and individuals who feel passionately about the need for more funds, resources and understanding of the causes of homelessness.  How else would we want to spend our FridayRead More …

Bristol Recovery Forum launched by AWP

Bristol Roads Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

A new Recovery Forum is being created to give service users, professional’s, families and the wider community a voice in the delivery of drug and alcohol services in Bristol. The Bristol recovery forum ( a working title) is being driven by AWP and their partner agencies and hopes to engage those with lived experience of addiction. The aim of the forum is to establish a central recovery hub/community that will be a warm and welcoming social space that makes recoveryRead More …

IF Group to tell lived experience stories through audioBoom

audioBoom IF Group Bristol Live Exeperience Story Telling

Audio Boom is a new social media app that allows users to listen to, record and share audio content on social media. For the IF Group, we intend to harness its growing power to tell the “lived experience” stories of people using servies to deal with issues of homelessness, mental health problems, offending behaviour and drug and alcohol addiction recovery on social media. AudioBoom describes itself as “radio reinvented”. The service has grown spectacularly and allows content to be sharedRead More …

Heart-Warming Homeless Awareness on Woolly Hat Day

Woolly Hat Day 2015

IF Group were proud to support Woolly Hat Day this year – which took place on Friday 30th January 2015. This was the 5th Annual woolly Hat Day, raising awareness about homelessness and raising money to help charities such as our Bristol Golden Key partner, St. Mungo’s Broadway. St. Mungo’s provides shelter and overnight accommodation for more than 2000 homeless people and managed to raise over £34,000 through the 2014 event. IF Group Bristol is working to find new innovativeRead More …

IF Group beta Website online

The IF Group Bristol website will be launching later in January 2015. This is the next step in our fledgling organisation’s work as part of the Big Lottery funded Golden Key project.