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Providing support groups for people suffering mental distress 

CHANGES BRISTOL has been running mental health peer support meetings in the City of Bristol for over 12 years and our expertise helps more and more people each year. Our meetings are safe places for people to come and talk about their feelings and to take steps toward improving their lives.

The meetings are non-judgemental and confidential and are free to access. You can download a copy of our leaflet by clicking on the thumbnail on the left.

Statistics show that as many as 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental distress at some point in their lives. Many more will be indirectly affected as their friends and loved ones suffer.

Mental distress can take many forms including worrying, feeling low, confusion, anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, strange ideas or senses playing tricks. If mental distress is affecting your quality of life, it may be time to seek help .

“ Changes has made a massive difference in my life ” — Anon

Join Us for Peerfest 2017!

Taking place this year on October 9th 2017, Peerfest is a national annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support. It’s a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event bringing peers together to network, share skills and experiences through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards.

We are thrilled to be working alongside Mind and the National Planning Team to deliver Peerfest 2017. This one day event will be a mix of creative workshops, open spaces, friendly stalls and rousing debates.

The Peerfest celebration is being delivered by 5 partner organisations  - Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN), Bristol Survivors Network, Changes Bristol, Freedom of Mind C.I.C and WellBeans Initiative C.I.C.

Changes Bristol Project Manager, Jason Washbourne, said:

We are incredibly excited to be able to bring Peerfest 2017 to Bristol and make it a wonderful national day of celebration of peer support.

Peer support is such a powerful way of supporting each other with issues of mental health and wellbeing, it will be a great day to discuss, learn and showcase all the very different models around peer support.  It will be a day of fun, creativity and learning, with music and the creative arts going on into the evening." 

Ticket Information

Day time tickets to the event will be free (and in very high demand). Our evening entertainment tickets will be a suggested donation of £5 per person.

The first wave of tickets will go on general sale on Thursdays 3rd August at 5 pm. Please check our dedicated eventbrite page to book a ticket.

Want to volunteer or run an activity / stall at Peerfest 2017?

We have many opportunities to participate in what is set to be a spectacular event. If you would like to do this then please follow the links below to express an interest:

Volunteer at the event

Apply to host a stall

Run a workshop or activity

I would like to join the lived experience reference group:

Role Description: Peerfest Lived Experience Reference Group Role Description FINAL

Terms of Reference: Peerfest 2017 – Lived Experience Reference Group v2

Meeting dates of reference group:

Tuesday 15th August, 6 – 8 pm

Tuesday 12th September, 6 – 8 pm

If you would like any further information, then please get in touch with Tom on

On behalf of Changes bristol, we look forward to seeing you at Peerfest 2017!

New Support Groups

We're delighted to announce that both our new groups are up and running.

The Easton group runs on Mondays from 1pm -3pm at NILAARI 184 Stapleton Road and Hartcliffe group is on Thursdays from 11am - 1pm at Hartcliffe Methodist Church, Mowcroft Road. Both are in lovely venues and we have a great team of volunteers and staff to welcome you. Do come along!

Mend For Good

Here's Alison, one of our Trustees and the person behind the Mend for Good initiative. Have a look at the video and get in touch if you'd like to host your own Mend for Good event.#mce_temp_url#

Thank you for your support Taste Tech Ltd!

The local company Taste Tech Ltd have kindly supported Changes Bristol and provided a donation in support of our work in the community.  Their support for mental health and their commitment to supporting us as a local charity in these challenging times is wonderful.  These funds will go towards helping more people be able to obtain much needed support with their mental health needs. Below is a picture showing our Vice-chair of trustees Alison McDougall accepting the donation from their Managing Director Janis Sinton.