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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 …

Golden Key Bristol Partnership Board Meetings

IF Group Bristol News

The Independent Futures (IF) Group attend the Golden Key Partnership Board meetings quarterly. We agreed as a team that the Chair would go every time, alongside one other consistent member and then a revolving place. Our ethos is about empowering and educating one another. The revolving place would give everyone an opportunity to see what goes on within the management and the more complex ‘System Change’ level. The Fulfilling Lives Project is a lot to get your head around whenRead More …

6 Months improving services on the frontline with IF Group Bristol

IF Group Bristol Communications Day

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been with the Independent Futures Group (IF Group) in Bristol for six months this week. In many ways, very little has changed, but in others we’ve managed to move mountains. IF Group Bristol has opened my eyes to many of the hard truths facing both service providers and service users, some seem easy to solve, others less so. By it’s very nature, IF Group has a set of unique challenges. As an independent organisationRead More …

IF Group Roving Reporters

IF Group Bristol News

After our latest IF Group main meeting it was identified that we needed to be documenting stories from the Frontline. Real life real time stories of what is happening in Bristol. We see many people and we all hear complaints and snippets of how people are progressing with their recovery path’s Jason and Jamal were voted in as our new Roving reporters. They will be going out and interviewing, recording on AudioBoom and taking pictures of people they talk toRead More …

Why it’s important to count the homeless vote too

homeless vote general election 2015 bristol

In each general election, at around this time in the proceedings, we get the statistics about the imbalance of those voting and those who stay apathetic, confused, or cut off from the political system. With hung parliaments and coalitions, more than ever we need to value the power of our voice and right of enfranchisement. It’s important to remember that homeless people still have the right to register to vote as well, even without a home. We hear people sayRead More …

Exploring what matters to people facing multiple and complex needs

Complex Needs Support Bristol

Four of us from the IF Group woke up at 6am to get the early train to London. We have started attending the quarterly meetings held by Revolving Doors. There are representatives from Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. This is nothing to do with the Fulfilling Lives project but our aims are the same. We get together to discuss policies and procedures set out for those with multiple and complex needs. With the Election coming up – we turned our attentionRead 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 …

IF Group Joining The Big Sleep Out, Bristol

Big Sleep Out Bristol

IF Group Bristol will be spending the night of Friday 27th February 2015 sleeping rough on the streets of Bristol. We’re taking part in the 3rd Big Sleep Out event to raise awareness about homelessness and highlight the problems that people without a home suffer from. The Big Sleep Out, Bristol is supported by several organisations that provide services for homeless and vulnerable people. 150 people will spend the night sleeping on the platform at Bristol Temple Meads station. ThereRead More …

IF Group attends National Expert Citizens Group Event

IF Group Bristol News

Four members of the IF Group Bristol executive board were in attendance at the National Expert Citizens Group meeting, hosted by Voices of Stoke, our local partner in Stoke today. As part of the Golden Key Partnership in Bristol, we form part of the national project of scrutinisation and evaluation with a view to promoting system change. What we do in Bristol can be taken to the rest of the country at these quarterly events. This year is set to beRead More …