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 …

World Mental Health Day 2015 – An IF Group Bristol View

Mental Health Illness World Mental Health Day

It is the year 2015 and this week marks World Mental Health Day. Approximately 25% of people on Earth are now struggling with mental health illness. That’s a staggering two billion souls, struggling with the thoughts in their heads at a level deemed medically unwell. Here in Bristol, that equates to 110,000 people. Yet in a leading technologically enhanced nation such as the UK, I would suggest the number of people suffering from poor mental health is higher, and growing fasterRead 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 …

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day – in Bristol too

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention day and here in Bristol, it is important to mark World Suicide Prevention day and think about services working towards suicide prevention. World Suicide Prevention Day is marked on 10th September every year and is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) in association with the United Nations. It is a day when charities that work with mental health services, homelessness, and substance misuse can unite with humanitarian organisations, refugee services, domestic abuse, traumaRead More …

Amy Winehouse – a real legacy

Amy Winehouse substance misuse addiction

My thoughts and prayers are with Amy Winehouse’s family today. I only met Amy a couple of times, but I have been friends with two of her close family members for many years. 4 years ago today, the world lost one of the most talented and gifted singers and songwriters of a generation. She is remembered every day – mostly positively, but sadly through stigma tainted media-tinted glasses on occasion. At the time we lost Amy, I remember thinking what aRead 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 …

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 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 …