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Riverside House, Unit 1, Quarry Road, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6AX
Tel: 07767 213514
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Age UK South Gloucestershire


We are part of the Age UK national network, which was formed through the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged. We are a registered charity with our own board of voluntary trustees from the local area, many of whom are also users of our services.
By providing a range of information, advice, products and services, we aim to enhance the quality of later life and promote the wellbeing of older people.

www.ageuk.org.uk/southgloucesters...
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Avon-North Mencap


We are a South Gloucestershire charity working with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. We run a volunteer programme where volunteers are matched one-to-one with adults with learning disabilities. We are currently looking for volunteers (who are given training and their expenses are paid) and for people who would benefit from the service.

322 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood BS15 1AJ
Tel: 0117 9614372
www.avonnorthmencap.org.uk
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Barnardo’s Fostering and Adoption South West


Barnardo's is one of the UK's leading children's charities and we are recruiting adoptive parents and foster carers from all backgrounds in South Gloucestershire.
We are particularly looking for people who feel they can foster teenagers. You won't be alone as we offer 24 hour support and regular supervision, a generous fostering allowance, professional fee plus excellent training.
We are looking for adoptive parents for children of all ages, and especially siblings.
So if you have stickability, and with Barnardo's support, want to change a child's life for the better, make the first step and get in touch with our friendly team.

Tel: 0117 937 5507
www.barnardos.org.uk/swfosteringa...


Bosom Buddies


If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, either in the past or more recently, do get in touch. Our meetings are held at 32 Oakleaze Road, Thornbury on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. It's not all doom and gloom - a problem shared is a problem halved. See calendar or call Jennie Morris on 01454 884177 for more details.

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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.

Unit 1, Thornbury Office Park, Midland Way, Thornbury BS35 2BS
Tel: 01454 414355
www.braintumoursupport.co.uk
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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.

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BUST - Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust


We are an independent charity that raises funds to support the work of the Breast Care Centre at Frenchay Hospital. We are also representing the interests of South Gloucestershire people in a review of Breast Care Services for Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. For more information, please contact Secretary and Trustee Daphne Havercroft using the links below.

www.bustbristol.co.uk
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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 Betty Cain on 01453 843802 or by email below.

www.cancerresearchuk.org
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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?

www.southglos.gov.uk/documents/ca...


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
www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk
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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.

www.fcdc.org.uk


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 a regular newsletter about activities. We have a comprehensive lending library of books, journals and videos relating to Fibromyalgia. Group meetings are at Alveston Methodist Church, Greenhill, Alveston, 7-9pm, on the 4th Tuesday of every month. For more details, contact Elaine on 01454 415374.

www.southglosfibro.btik.com
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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
www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/l...


GRANTnet - searching for grants


Are you looking for funding for your organisation?
GRANTnet is a service which can help to identify suitable funding and grants for activities or projects. It allows community and voluntary groups, social enterprises and small businesses to search across a huge range of funding sources.

www.southglos.gov.uk/BusinessMatt...


Healthwatch South Gloucestershire


Replaced LINk April 2013

Healthwatch will be listening to and engaging with people who use Health and Social Care Services in South Gloucestershire to help improve the design and delivery of services now and in the future.

The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre, Gill Ave, Fishponds BS16 2QQ
www.healthwatchsouthglos.co.uk
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Jigsaw


Joining In, Gaining Support, Awareness and Wellbeing

Jigsaw is a small welcoming group set up for any families who have children or young people with any additional needs or disabilities (with or without a diagnosis).

www.sglospc.org.uk/activities-and...
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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.

www.thornburybaptistchurch.co.uk
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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.

www.avonnorthmencap.org.uk
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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
www.meningitis.org
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National Childbirth Trust


The Cotswold South branch of the NCT is run by local parents to offer support, information and friendship to expectant parents and those with babies and young children. We run antenatal courses, regular Bumps n Babies groups, Nearly New sales and various events, and provide breastfeeding support.
To book an antenatal course, please call 0844 243 7000. For more information about our branch, please click below.

www.nct.org.uk/in-your-area/cotsw...


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.

www.pennybrohncancercare.org
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South Gloucestershire Deaf Association


This small charity opens channels of communication between D/deaf people and the hearing world. This ranges from teaching British Sign Language to people wishing to communicate with profoundly Deaf BSL users to demonstrating flashing doorbells and smoke alarms. Visit us to view the latest technology available for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

Poole Court, Yate
Tel: 01454 316460
www.sgda.co.uk
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St John Ambulance


Thornbury St John Ambulance division has now transferred to Tytherington. Cadets and Badgers meet every Monday evening in term time at Tytherington village hall. For more information, please click below or call Jenni Wood on 079 1814 7701.

www.tytherington.com/tytherington...
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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
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Sweetpeas Breastfeeding Support Group


We meet on Thursdays in the Parentcraft room of the outpatient department of Thornbury Hospital, 1.15-3pm.
All breastfeeding mums, babies, toddlers, and older siblings are welcome. We meet to drink tea and chat, and to share our experiences. There are trained breastfeeding peer supporters present. Mums experiencing difficulties are welcome, as are mums who are successfully breastfeeding and can offer support and encouragement. Contact Thornbury outpatient dept. 01454 415750.


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 Carol Truman 01454-413036 and Anne Shepherd 01454-412720.

www.thornburystroke.co.uk
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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 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
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Thornbury Twins+ Club


We are for parents, relatives and carers of twins, triplets or more. We meet every Tuesday 1-3pm at Thornbury SureStart Children’s Centre (beside Gillingstool Primary School) to offer help and support on raising twins or more.
If you are pregnant with twins come and chat to Mums who have been in the same situation and experienced the same anxieties, get advice and buy unwanted nursery items from other mums.
Once you've had your children bring them to very safe room with lots of 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 send out regular newsletters on events, nights out and Nearly New Sales. We have a library of relevant books and DVDs and are affiliated to Tamba.
Once a month a health visitor comes to weigh babies and give advice. Please contact Craig Hudson by email below for more details.

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Volunteer Centre Thornbury


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.

www.volunteer-thornbury.co.uk
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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
www.wellaware.org.uk
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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.

www.thewillowtreecentre.org.uk





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