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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 …

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 …

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 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 …