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 Bristol attending Fulfilling Lives York Conference

IF Group Bristol at UK Fulfilling Lives event in York

Wow! The Fulfilling Lives meeting in York shows exactly how big the project/programme around the Golden Key project is across the United Kingdom. Over seventy-four people are attending – and these are just the representatives of each local group from the 12 regions involved in the project. All of us have just one thing in mind: Change! There is an atmosphere of caring and sharing in the room, we all know how important the work we are doing is. It effects theRead 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 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 …

Duchess of Cambridge speaks out for Children’s Mental Health Week

HRH Kate Duchess of Cambridge Childrens Mental Heath Week

Wife of the 2nd in line to the British throne, HRH Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, has recorded an emotional video to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental health in children. She says that she and husband, Prince William have seen how children have suffered from bereavement, bullying, domestic violence, family breakdown and more. This leads to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self harm”. Children’s Mental Health Week takes place 16th-22nd February 2015. Children’sRead 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 …

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 …