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For further information about our projects contact Alex Hodgson, Communication and Marketing Co-ordinator, The Care Forum. Tel: 01179 654444   Email: marketing@thecareforum.org.uk

The Care Forum

The Care Forum, based in Fishponds, Bristol, is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working throughout Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset and is a Registered Charity No. 1053817. 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of The Care Forum.

The Care Forum aims to promote health and social well-being by:

  • Enabling voluntary organisations and through them local communities to participate fully and equally in the planning and improvement of services
  • Empowering individuals and groups through dialogue with service providers
  • Improving people’s access to services.

The Care Forum also delivers the following projects:

Healthwatch Bristol

Healthwatch Bristol was established by the Department of Health in 2013 to champion the consumer interest of all those who use health and social care services. Healthwatch Bristol involves local people to help improve health and wellbeing services. Healthwatch is also active within the local community involving and informing people, assisting people and putting forward the community’s views about health and social care issues. The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch in each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body.

See more at:
Website: www.healthwatchbristol.co.uk
Address: Healthwatch Bristol, The Care Forum, Gill Ave, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ
Telephone: 0117 269 0400
Email: info@healthwatchbristol.co.uk

Healthwatch South Gloucestershire

Healthwatch South Gloucestershire was established by the Department of Health in 2013 to champion the consumer interest of all those who use health and social care services. Healthwatch South Gloucestershire involves local people to help improve health and wellbeing services. Healthwatch is also active within the local community involving and informing people, assisting people and putting forward the community’s views about health and social care issues. The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch in each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body.

See more at:
Website: www.healthwatchsouthglos.co.uk
Address: Healthwatch South Gloucestershire, The Care Forum, Gill Ave, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ
Telephone: 01454 543 402
Email: info@healthwatchsouthglos.co.uk

Healthwatch Bathnes

Healthwatch Bathnes was established by the Department of Health in 2013 to champion the consumer interest of all those who use health and social care services. Healthwatch Bathnes involves local people to help improve health and wellbeing services. Healthwatch is also active within the local community involving and informing people, assisting people and putting forward the community’s views about health and social care issues. The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch in each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body.

See more at:
Website: http://www.healthwatchbathnes.co.uk
Tel: 01225 232 401
Email: info@healthwatchbathnes.co.uk

Healthwatch Somerset

Healthwatch Somerset was established by the Department of Health in 2013 to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services, whether that is improving services today or helping to shape services for the future. Healthwatch staff visit local areas to engage communities and hear stories from people in Somerset about health and social care services in their area. The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch in each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body.

See more at:
Website: www.healthwatchsomerset.co.uk
Tel: 01823 751403
Email: info@healthwatchsomerset.co.uk

Healthwatch Swindon

Healthwatch Swindon was established by the Department of Health in 2013 works to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services, whether that is improving services today or helping to shape services for the future. Healthwatch staff visit local areas to engage communities and hear stories from people in Swindon about health and social care services in their area. The Healthwatch network is made of up of local Healthwatch in each of the 152 local authority areas and Healthwatch England, the national body. The Care Forum became the provider of Healthwatch Swindon in April 2016.

See more at:
Website: http://www.healthwatchswindon.org.uk 
Tel: 01793 497777
Email: info@healthwatchswindon.org.uk

Ways to Wellbeing

Ways to Wellbeing provides a free and confidential social prescribing service to anyone over the age of 18 living in and around the greater Fishponds area of Bristol.

Social prescribing is a form of social support within the community.

We find activities to help people get out of the house, become more socially connected, be more active, feel better in themselves and, if they want to, to make a difference in their community.

We support people who:

  • feel depressed or low
  • feel socially isolated – little or no support from family/friends
  • are out of work or unable to work owing to sickness
  • are recently bereaved
  • are a carer or ex-carer
  • fear the outside world
  • experience high levels of anxiety
  • feel low in confidence or self-esteem
  • have few or no hobbies or interests.

Contact:
Tel: 01179 589360
Email: waystowellbeing@thecareforum.org.uk

 

AVoice

AVoice is an advocacy service for adult victims of crime and antisocial behaviour run by The Care Forum in partnership with SEAP (Support, Empower, Advocate, Promote) and SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).

The service was launched in April 2015.

AVoice provides free, independent and confidential advocacy to anyone over the age of 18 who live in one of the following areas:

  • Bristol
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Somerset
  • North Somerset

AVoice can work with people who have:

  • learning disabilities
  • issues with their mental health
  • physical disabilities
  • become a victim because of their age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

AVoice will also advocate for victims of crime and antisocial behaviour who have not reported it to the police.

Background

In October 2014, the Ministry of Justice transferred responsibility for commissioning local victim services in Avon and Somerset to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.

From April 2015, victims of crime and antisocial behaviour have been benefiting from enhanced help and support with newly commissioned services. The new services offered across Avon and Somerset include Lighthouse integrated victim and witness care, an emotional support service – including listening, advice and emergency grants – an adults’ advocacy service, a young persons’ advocacy service, independent sexual violence advisors and a modern slavery support service.

The Care Forum were commissioned for three years to deliver the adult advocacy service, AVoice, for vulnerable adults affected by crime and antisocial behaviour in the Avon and Somerset area.

Individuals, their family and friends and referring organisations can contact AVoice by telephone or e-mail.

Freephone number: 0800 254 0777
E-mail: avoice@thecareforum.org.uk