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Al-Anon


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.

Meeting Room, United Reformed Church (entrance on Rock St), Thornbury BS35 2BA
Tel: 020 7403 0888
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Bluebell Care


Bluebell provides services for mums, dads and families experiencing anxiety and depression during pregnancy and up to 2 years after birth.
We offer both group and 1:1 support in Thornbury and the surrounding BS35 area. The Mums’ Comfort Zone group is held on Friday mornings in Thornbury Baptist Church, with free crèche provision.
Mums’ Comfort Zone is a structured, 11 week, therapeutic, group programme for mums experiencing ante and post-natal, depression and/or anxiety and can be accessed by completing a referral form and having an initial assessment with the Bluebell Buddy.
Group sessions last for 2 hours and are term timely during school hours. Courses usually run 3 times a year with start dates in January, April and September.
Our Bluebell Buddies have lived experience of managing depression and anxiety related to pregnancy and birth and can offer 1:1 support in the community or at another local convenient community venue.
Support is available for dads from our ‘Dads in Mind’ peer support workers, who can meet for a 1-2-1 chat.

Tel: 0117 922 0746
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Brain Tumour Support


Brain Tumour Support’s aim is that no-one feels alone when facing the effects of a brain tumour diagnosis.

Lancaster House, Bristol Road, Thornbury BS35 3JA
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.

www.pituitary.org.uk/support-for-...


Happiness Circles


These are small groups of people willing to understand, practise and maintain the skills of happiness.  The power is through group process, self-commitment and journaling leading to ongoing maintenance networks using for example, creative visual journalling. 
Current for Thornbury community, these offer two hourly sessions weekly for six weeks in small interactive groups with donations.  After that the network widens and meets monthly when the focus shifts to creating a visual journal to support and maintain learning and practice.

Tel: 07866 404471
www.maggiejeffery.co.uk
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Haven Memory Café at the URC


Haven Memory Cafe offers a warm welcome to people diagnosed with memory problems or dementia, along with a relative, friend or carer. It meets in a comfortable setting in the centre of Thornbury, in the United Reformed Church building.

It provides a welcoming social atmosphere, with tea, coffee and home-made cake, and an opportunity to chat to friends and volunteers. At each session there is a short activity, which is often musical, usually with an invitation to join in, or a demonstration or slide-show. NB The cafe is not a clinic, though there is often a Dementia Support Worker present.

The Memory Cafe usually meets on the first and third Friday mornings of each month, from 10.15am - 11.45am. The entrance is in Chapel Street, and is accessible to mobility scooters. There is car parking around the church, although it is often busy on a Friday morning.

For the foreseeable future, join us 10.30-11.15am on Zoom for a singalong led by Lizzie Lindsell and Jonathan Adkins. Contact for the Zoom link is Barbara Goom, 414826.

United Reformed Church, Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2BA
Tel: 01454 414826
www.thornburyurc.org


Jigsaw Thornbury


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 run a term-time support group Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am.

The Bakery Annexe, 4-7 Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2AW
Tel: 07827 322358
jigsawthornbury.org.uk
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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.

www.thornburybaptistchurch.co.uk
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Over 60s Tea Room


The Tea Room is open on 10am-1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for all our regular customers and any new ones who would like a cuppa and a chat.
If anyone feels able to give up one morning a month to volunteer and keep the Tea Room running, please contact Julie by email below or just drop in!

Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
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Parkinson's Local Support Group in Thornbury


Our support group meets at the Chantry on the last Friday of every month, 10am-12noon.

We offer a friendly welcome and the chance to chat with people with Parkinson's and their family carers in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

We have quite a spread of group knowledge with varying levels of experience of the disease and the local support available from the NHS and Parkinson's UK.

So if you fancy a chat with people in a similar position to you, come and have a coffee and meet us.

For more information call Sally Derham on 01454 632910 or email below.

Meeting at The Chantry, Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB
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Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly)


Supported by a network of volunteers, Re-engage organises monthly Sunday afternoon gatherings for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation.

Once a month, normally on a Sunday afternoon, each older guest is collected from their home by a Volunteer Driver, and taken to a Volunteer Host’s home, where they join a small group for refreshments, talk and companionship. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the charity’s drivers and older guests remain the same. This means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Tel: 01225 873812
www.reengage.org.uk
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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.

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 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.

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Thornbury Macular and Low Vision Social Group


Thornbury Macular and Low Vision Social Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month (except August) 10.30am-12.30pm. Contact John Paton for details.

Thornbury Methodist Church Hall, off High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AQ
Tel: 01454 885301


Thornbury Memory Café


The Cafe has now been successfully running for over 7 years, and continues to be “open” on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month 10.15-11.45am.

We have many regular visitors who come every fortnight, but we also have many newcomers who rapidly become “regulars”. Visitors with memory problems should come along with their carers, e.g. husbands, wives or others.

New visitors will be made very welcome, so come along and give it a try. We are not a “clinic”, but we find that carers also benefit from the chance to chat to others in similar situations.

The setting is a normal “cafe” style, with our volunteers serving coffee, tea, soft drinks, biscuits and fruit, for which there is no charge, though we do have a voluntary contribution box. There is a lot of chatter and constant exchange of thoughts and ideas, and there is either entertainment or a visit from a speaker on a topical matter of interest.

Parking is very easy just outside for “BlueBadge” holders or in the nearby car park. Contact Sue Rowley on 01454 412941 or Louise Wright on 01454 260371 for further information, or just turn up, and we are sure you will enjoy the experience and the fun.

Thornbury Methodist Church Hall, off High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AQ


Time 4 Carers


We organise activities, social events, meals and craft activities to give South Gloucestershire Carers time out from their caring role.

Tel: 07597 278204
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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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