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The Social Care Team join ‘Sleep Out 2018’

Last week a group of us from the Social Care and Marketing teams joined around fifty other people to take part in the ‘Sleep Out 2018’ organised by 1625 Independent People.The charity supports young people aged between 16 – 25 who are either at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless already.The aim of ‘Sleep Out 2018’ was to provide us with a small introduction into what it would be like to be homeless. For one night, we left behind our creature comforts to trade in our soft, comfortable beds with big fluffy pillows and warm duvets for a hard-concrete floor, yoga mats and sleeping […]


TODAY – 10th October 2018, is officially World Mental Health Day.

“World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.”People often get confused between Mental Health and Mental Illness.“Mental Illness, also called a mental or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioural or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, […]


Raising awareness against domestic abuse – a blog by Jennavieve Phelps

The Gloucestershire police has recently teamed up with the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) to raise awareness against domestic abuse.GDASS offers a range of bespoke support packages which help victims to live safely and move on from abuse. The packages are tailored to each victim and their individual needs.On the 18th June, GloucestershireLive published a story on the correlation between people watching football and domestic cases reported. Their findings show that when England play football and either drew or lost domestic abuse reports would rise by 38 percent, […]


Mental Health Awareness Week – A blog by Kirsty Knowles

A blog about mental health awareness by Kirsty Knowles

Ok in line with Mental Health Awareness week I decided to focus on a topic which is close to my heart, I am a mum to an impressionable 14-year-old boy which is extremely fun… sometimes…ok now and again… ok occasionally when he reverts to be a friendly individual!This 14 year has all the techy gadgets that are the norm with teenagers these days an iPhone, iPad etc, although I will add I am not a huge advocate of my teenager having every gadget under the son and do put limitations in place.Anyway, I digress I started to think how differently being a teenager is these days and what impact […]


Learn to love yourself!

I wanted to write this blog about Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) as it strikes a personal chord with me. As I get older I seem to be more self-conscious and less happy with the way I look; this may have something to do with the fact that my once slender size 8 figure has turned somewhat curvier over the years to a full size 12 and as much as I try to blame the clothes stores that they are shrinking the sizes I know I just need to get myself into the gym and keep at it. Now, whilst I probably have only a mild case of BDD and cannot begin to understand how someone copes with a mental illness. I am […]


Stress Awareness Month – a Blog by Jenna Phelps

Jenna and her Dad with the air ambulance crew

Every year since 1992 April has been Stress Awareness Month. Every year experts aim to increase public awareness about stress. This includes highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body and how to relieve stress. Most people will experience stress at some point in their life, but constant or extreme stress is bad for both your mental and physical health.Stress can be caused from a number of things from expectations of daily life to a traumatic event. There are many ways to minimise stress such as maintaining a health lifestyle, talking about […]


How’s your sign language?

There are an estimated 11 million people in the UK who are Deaf or hard of hearing.Every country has its own sign language. Here in the UK most people use British Sign Language (BSL) which is not simply the English language with hand signs, it has its own grammar and sentence construction. So, whist we would say “what is your name?” in BSL it would be signed “Your name, what?”Deafness is the third most common disability in the world. Most deaf people don’t view their deafness as a disability or as a problem that should be fixed. For many of them, it’s a natural part of their […]


Healthy Living Thoughts – A Blog by Oliver Martin #teamBristol

All local and organically grown fruits & vegetables in wooden vegetable crate held by a woman. Shallow dof, crisp focus across all the vegetables. Crate contains: peaches, green apple, peppers, green beans, rondelle carrots, baby carrots, zucchini squash, tomatoes, basil, fennel, kale, lettuce, broccoli, potatoes and radishes.

The very topical issue of healthy eating was my first consideration when I was approached about writing a blog for our website. As a self-confessed (and proud) healthy living enthusiast I decided to investigate the bigger picture; and what I discovered shocked me to the core.Public Health England recently published new data detailing the state of the nation’s diet:https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/ndns-results-from-years-7-and-8-combinedThe results show some startling statistics into the nation’s health.Nearly two-thirds of adults (63%) in England were classed as being […]


Health & Social Care Quiz

How is your Health & Social Care knowledge? Do you know how many young carers there are in the UK? or  what the early symptoms of dementia are? Take our fun and informative quiz below to test your know-how:1  How many life stages are there?4 5 6 72  Which country spends less on health care as a percentage of GDP than the UK?Italy Slovenia Japan France3  Over the past 26 years the number of available hospital beds in England hasIncreased by 67% Increased by 35% Decreased by 23% Decreased by 51%4  How many young carers are […]


International Happiness Day – a blog by Kirsty Knowles

Medics smiling

Happiness is unique to every person, your values, your hobbies, your family and your interests. There so many different definitions. I decided that I would focus on what makes me happy at work. It was and wasn’t easy to come up with things, I obviously love my job, team and company however some days it can be very tough, spending your day with the phone glued to your ear and problem solving. I work in social care which is a tough sector, there is always a combination of not enough staff available and too many clients or vice versa, you are constantly juggling with a tough budget to hit.Despite […]