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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 …

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 …

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 …

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.