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Smokefree South Gloucestershire

Want to quit smoking? Smokefree South Gloucestershire is here to help!
We provide free support with a friendly Smokefree practitioner who will be able to discuss all the options available to help you stop smoking for good. This may include stop smoking medications (like Champix® or nicotine patches), which are available on prescription.
Click below to find out more and book an appointment at a time to suit you. Call or email us today!

Tel: 01454 865502


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

Bosom Buddies

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

The charity, which is the South West and Midlands' only brain tumour charity, offers support to brain tumour patients, their families, carers and loved ones, who are facing and dealing day to day with the devastation of a brain tumour diagnosis.

First Floor, 29a High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 414355

Bristol Pituitary Support Group

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.


BUST - Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust

An independent charity that raises funds to support the work of the Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital.


Carers Support Centre

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

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 South Gloucestershire

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.


Fibromyalgia Syndrome Support Group

The group provides help and support to sufferers of Fibromyalgia and their families, and promotes awareness in the local community. Members receive regular newsletters keeping them in touch with others and forthcoming events. We are a friendly bunch and we offer a comprehensive lending library of books, journals and videos relating to Fibromyalgia, as well as a listening ear. We have an open forum at the beginning of each meeting to share with other members any ideas, concerns, meds etc.. Group meetings are held at Alveston Methodist Church, Greenhill, Alveston, 7-9.15pm, on the 4th Tuesday of every month. For more details, contact Lynne on 0844 887 2403.



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 meet Mondays 1.30-3pm.

St Mary's Church Hall, Eastbury Road, Thornbury BS35 1DR
Tel: 07827 322358

Memory Cafe

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

Memory Cafe at the URC

This summer the church is hosting a new Memory Cafe in Thornbury. It will complement the existing one which meets fortnightly in the Methodist Church, opening in the alternate weeks. It will be for people with dementia and their carers.
We are holding the first Information & Training morning for potential volunteers on Friday 19th May, and the Launch will be on Friday 23rd June, with regular opening from Friday 7th July.

United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BA
Tel: 01454 414826

Men's Breakfasts

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.


Mencap Social Club

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 Support Group for Men

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

Thornbury and District Stroke Support Group

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.


Thornbury Diabetes Support Group

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

Thornbury Harcombe Diet Support Group

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.


Thornbury Twins+ Club

We are for parents, relatives and carers of twins, triplets or more. We meet every Tuesday 1.30-3pm at the Baptist lower church hall to offer help and support.
If you are pregnant with twins come and chat to Mums who have been in the same situation, get advice and buy unwanted nursery items from other mums.
Once you've had your children bring them to safe room with toys and a baby area. We offer a drink and snack (for children and Mums!) and there's always a willing hand to help. Siblings are welcome.
We run regular events, nights out and Nearly New Sales. We have a library of relevant books and DVDs and are affiliated to Tamba.


Thornbury Volunteer Centre

We have lots of opportunities in the local area from visiting elderly people to helping organise exhibitions, from driving to gardening and from offering advice to working with children.
Volunteering is the ideal way to gain work experience and make new friends. It allows you to try different things and improves self-confidence. In some cases it can lead to paid employment. Mostly though, it should be enjoyable and enriching, helping you to feel worthwhile whilst helping others lead a better quality of life.


Well Aware

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

Willow Tree Centre

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.


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