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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.


British Red Cross

Monday nights 1930 - 2130. For more information, contact Group Leader Marie Davis.

Based at Turnberrie's Community Centre, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB

BUST - Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust

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


Butterfly Space

Butterfly Space is a unique, non-profit, volunteer community project in Malawi, which brings international volunteers and the community together. It was inspired and is run by Alice Leaper, a former pupil of St Mary's CEVA School and Castle School. Her mother, Gill Leaper, lives in Thornbury and raises funds for the charity.

Tel: 01454 411910

Cancer Research UK - Thornbury and District Committee

Cancer Research UK is the UK's leading charity dedicated to cancer research. The Thornbury and District committee holds regular fundraising events. For more information contact Jennie Watson on 01454 415856 or by email below.


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

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly helps alleviate loneliness amongst isolated over 75s within the local community by organising tea parties once a month on a Sunday afternoon. We have two active groups in Thornbury and need more volunteers. Could you be a driver (once a month), a host (twice a year) or help with the admin? Please contact Helen Ker.

PO Box 162, Bristol BS31 9DX
Tel: 07582 310974

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.


Family Centre Deaf Children (FCDC)

We bring together families living with deafness through organised children’s activities and family sessions. We encourage all of the family to become involved in our activities and welcome deaf parents and their children, hearing parents, their deaf children and siblings, children’s friends, grandparents, relatives, carers and family friends.


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.


Foodbank Thornbury Centre

Based at Thornbury Baptist Church

A Thornbury Churches Together initiative, with volunteers from all the churches running it and donating food.

The Centre is open every Friday afternoon from 2-4pm.

Gillingstool, Thornbury BS35 2EG
Tel: 01454 419118

Incredible Kids

We provide a safe place for families with children who have special needs to come together and spend quality time as a family. We hope this will provide a short break from the pressures of family life. To do this we will have a secure space which meets the needs of a wide variety of children.

Stokefield House, Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HF


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

Men's Breakfasts

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.


Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis Research Foundation is a national registered charity established in 1989, and based in Thornbury. From small beginnings, it has grown into an international charity at the forefront of fighting death and disability resulting from meningitis and septicaemia.
The charity funds research to prevent meningitis and septicaemia, and to improve survival rates and outcomes. The Foundation promotes education and awareness to reduce death and disability, and gives support to people affected.

Tel: 01454 281811

Multiple Sclerosis People's Help

9/13 St Mary's Street, St Mary Shopping Centre, Thornbury BS35 2AB
Tel: 01454 415532

Penny Brohn Cancer Care

Penny Brohn Cancer Care (formerly Bristol Cancer Help Centre) provides complementary care, the Bristol Approach, to people living with cancer, and their loved ones. Working alongside medical treatment, this complementary approach can transform lives - giving people practical tools to improve their daily quality of life and helping to take the fear out of cancer.


Royal British Legion - Thornbury Branch

The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities.
Thornbury Branch meets at 12.00 on the last Sunday every month at the Swan Inn in High Street, Thornbury.

Tel: 0117 956 9129

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

St Peter's Hospice Severnside Support Group

Friends of St Peter’s Hospice Registered Charity No: 269177.
For more information please contact Kath Burgess.

9 Brookmead, Thornbury BS35 2XG
Tel: 01454 417543

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 Hospital League of Friends

The Thornbury Hospital League of Friends exists to provide extra comforts for patients and staff at Thornbury Hospital. Throughout the year they hold various fundraising events, from which money raised can be used to provide extras to make life more comfortable. They also provide flowers, newspapers and magazines for the ward.
The League is very involved in plans for the future of the hospital and totally committed to the continued provision of 20 in-patient beds.
For more information, contact Shirley Holloway.

Tel: 01454 885161

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.


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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