Are you troubled by someone else's drinking? Al-Anon could be for you! Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. We meet every Thursday 19.45.
Meeting Room, United Reformed Church (entrance on Rock St), Thornbury BS35 2BA
Tel: 020 7403 0888
Breast Cancer charity support group
We meet on the third Wednesday of most months in the Swan's upstairs function room to offer guidance, support and friendship to people going through breast cancer treatment. None of our members are medically trained counsellors. We hope to provide friendship and help from members who have experienced similar situations. At some meetings we have guest speakers and suggestions for topics are always welcome.
The Swan Inn, 17 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AE
Tel: 0117 342 4940
Brain Tumour Support’s aim is that no-one feels alone when facing the effects of a brain tumour diagnosis. The charity’s dedicated to being there for patients, carers, friends and families following a brain tumour diagnosis.
They offer an individualised support service which provides specialist information, practical guidance, emotional support, help coping with bereavement and much more.
Crucially, help is there for as long as it is needed, and that can often be years.
First Floor, 29a High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 414355
The group aims to provide support for patients with pituitary disorders, their families and carers. We include South Gloucestershire, and meet on the third Wednesday of every month, except July and August at The Academic Centre, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, at 7.30pm.
We are a friendly open group who have all had experience of these problems and will make new members feel very welcome.
For more information please contact our Chairman Jenny West, 3 Chipping Close, Symn Lane, Wotton-Under-Edge, Glos. GL12 7BB, 01454 843497 (home) or 07919 620498.
For publicity, please contact Jenny Fumpson, Tanglewood, 4B Highfield Drive, Redcliffe Bay, Portishead, N. Somerset, BS20 8JG, 01275 847286.
An independent charity that raises funds to support the work of the Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital.
Carers Support Centre provides a range of practical services for carers of all ages in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
It also provides a voice for carers and gives advice on making organisations more carer aware.
Covering Bristol and South Gloucestershire
Tel: 0117 965 2200
Carers' groups take place across South Gloucestershire. They are open to all carers so that they can:
- Meet other carers
- Have a cup of tea and chat
- Pick up information
Some groups are open to all carers and some are for specific carers.
If you are able to spare an hour or two there are a number of opportunities to meet with other carers to find out more about the support available to you. Why not try and come along? For more information contact the Carers Line or click below for the list of groups.
Tel: 0117 965 2200
Dementia support workers offer information and practical guidance to help people understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. They offer support face to face, over the phone or in writing. The service is for people with Dementia and their carers, family and friends.
Call our office for more information or see our website below.
Do you want to talk to someone about your drug and alcohol use?
We support anyone over 18 throughout South Gloucestershire who needs help and advice around their use of drugs and alcohol. We also support families and carers struggling with someone else's drug and alcohol use. Just call us.
Tel: 01454 868750
Tel: 0800 0733011 (free)
These are small groups of people willing to understand, practise and maintain the skills of happiness. The power is through group process, self-commitment and journaling leading to ongoing maintenance networks using for example, creative visual journalling.
Current for Thornbury community, these offer two hourly sessions weekly for six weeks in small interactive groups with donations. After that the network widens and meets monthly when the focus shifts to creating a visual journal to support and maintain learning and practice.
Tel: 07866 404471
Haven Memory Cafe offers a warm welcome to people diagnosed with memory problems or dementia, along with a relative, friend or carer. It meets in a comfortable setting in the centre of Thornbury, in the United Reformed Church building.
It provides a welcoming social atmosphere, with tea, coffee and home-made cake, and an opportunity to chat to friends and volunteers. At each session there is a short activity, which is often musical, usually with an invitation to join in, or a demonstration or slide-show. NB The cafe is not a clinic, though there is often a Dementia Support Worker present.
The Memory Cafe meets on the first and third Friday mornings of each month, from 10.15am - 11.45am. The entrance is in Chapel Street, and is accessible to mobility scooters. There is car parking around the church, although it is often busy on a Friday morning.
United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BA
Tel: 01454 414826
Joining In, Gaining Support, Awareness and Wellbeing
A small welcoming group set up by parents to support families with children and young people with any additional needs. This may be learning problems such as dyslexia to complex disabilities or health problems and may be without diagnosis. We run a term-time support group Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am.
The Bakery Annexe, 4-7 Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2AW
Tel: 07827 322358
2nd Saturday each month –7.30 or 8am
Since December 2005 men in the area have been meeting monthly to discuss 'hot topics' affecting men, usually followed by a good breakfast at Shelly's in Thornbury.
Whilst the Men's Breakfasts have a Christian element to them they are open to all irrespective of their beliefs. For more information contact the Thornbury Baptist Church office on 01454 419118.
Avon-North Mencap run a weekly social club for adults with learning disabilities on a Friday evening at Marlwood School. We are always looking for volunteers as well as people who would enjoy coming to the club.
Self esteem lies at the heart of our experience of life and it conditions the way we relate to ourselves and others. By nourishing and nurturing our sense of self esteem we find out more about who we are and then about how to embrace more fully the life we have been given.
Within a support group there is no pressure to know anything, to change, or to be a certain way. A condition of openness prevails with facilitation only proceeding at the pace required by the group. The group may find itself considering almost any aspect of existence and this might lead into surprising and delightful explorations.
Tel: 07508 509667
The South Gloucestershire Fibromyalgia Support Group have decided to move to quarterly meetings in different areas of the county to be more accessible to people living with fibromyalgia who may not be able to travel or attend evening meetings.
Fibromyalgia can be very isolating and debilitating, which is why ‘Fibro Friends’ will trial a more casual format, meeting in the mornings in Yate, Bradley Stoke, Winterbourne and Alveston once a quarter.
Other fibromyalgia social events will continue to meet on a regular basis:
• ‘Mad Hatters’ is a lovely way of meeting up in different cafés around the region for an opportunity to ‘chill’ with likeminded folk over a cuppa. (You don’t need to be ‘mad’ to join in but it helps!)
• Knit’n’Natter ~ (we call it therapy but no prizes for guessing which is the most productive!) We’d love you to join our regular knitters and crocheters and get to know each other better whilst producing lovely little beanie hats and cot blankets for the Neo Natal Unit at Southmead.
The new programme of events can be found on our website below and in the events calendar on this site. We look forward to welcoming members both new and old. For details please call 0844 887 2403 or click below.
Our group exists to encourage stroke sufferers with their rehabilitation by providing regular fortnightly social activities, a weekly swimming session, and fortnightly art and bowling groups. We meet on alternate Thursdays in the Jubilee Hall in Alveston during the winter months and in summer we arrange trips out by coach or car.
For further information please contact John Forss on 01454 528407 or click below.
We offer support, information and social events for people with diabetes living in the Thornbury area. Our activities range from fundraisers and film shows to talks and quizzes, and we occasionally go to London to see a show, or head to a pub for a meal.
Tel: 01454 413038
Tel: 01454 884115
The Harcombe Diet is all about eating real food and ditching fake food. Weekly meetings at 35 Gloucester Road, Thornbury Wednesdays 2.30-3.15pm. For more information contact Perry Poole on 01454 419336 or by email below.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at the Methodist Hall, Thornbury. It is a voluntary event where we welcome those suffering from memory problems, with carers, family or friends. We are open 10.15-11.45am, and coffee and snacks are provided. There is no charge although we do have a contribution box for donations.
We are not a clinic, but we find the opportunity to chat with others with similar problems is useful and enjoyable. We usually have a short talk on a topical subject, and visitors can chat with volunteers. Details from Audrey Green by phone.
Tel: 01454 412619
Well Aware is a free telephone and online health and wellbeing information directory for everyone in South Gloucestershire. It is also the signposting service for Healthwatch. Well Aware has lots of information on more than 5,000 health, wellbeing and community groups, organisations, activities and services.
The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol BS16 2QQ
Tel: 0808 808 5252
We offer free, unbiased support to anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy or needing help after a miscarriage, still birth or abortion. We support women and their partners as well as other family members.
We are based in Yate, but arrange appointments for people in different locations, including Thornbury. Please call our 7 day a week helpline for confidential support: 01454 324080, or click below to visit our website.