Consultation on CCG’s patient and public involvement strategy

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) is the organisation that is responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for the people of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The CCG has produced a draft patient and public involvement, engagement and participation policy. This policy sets out the principles that will underpin all their involvement, engagement and participation.

We are now looking to gather and respond to your views on this draft policy, with the engagement period running until midday on 13th December. The draft policy is available below, in both written and audio versions, and is being distributed via newsletters, partner organisations and local networks.

Audio version

Dogs for Good workshops in 2020

The Family Dog service at the assistance dog charity Dogs for Good is for parents and carers who have a child with autism between the ages of 3 and 16, who are either looking at getting a dog or who want to train their own pet dog to help their child. The service consists of 3 workshops followed by unlimited email and phone aftercare.

They are holding a workshop in Bristol next year, as well as other areas in the UK.

They are a series of 3 one day workshops, each starts at approximately 10.15am and aims to finish at 3pm.

  • Workshop 1 – Thursday 06 February 2020
  • Workshop 2 – Thursday 05 March 2020
  • Workshop 3 – Thursday 09 April 2020

Attendees are required to attend all 3 workshops.

Bike minded news

Bike Minded are sad to announce that they have been unable to secure funding to continue their rides for after March 2020. Because of this, they are currently not taking on any new referrals. They will continue to run their Well-being Café on the 3rd Monday of every month at our new location of The Secret Café on St Stephen’s St, BS1 1EQ from 10.30-12pm and will offer support for people to use this space to organise self-led rides. Anyone is welcome to come along, first tea/coffee is on them!

Bristol Autism Support (BAS) plans for 2020

Weekly Drop-ins
BAS will hold a weekly, term time drop-in advice and support session at the Bedminster Quaker Meeting House. These will take place on Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm, and will provide parents and carers with an opportunity to get very regular support with any concerns they have about their autistic child. 

Weekly Activities
After their weekly drop-in sessions, from 12pm – 2pm, BAS will have a rotating schedule of activities including a craft group, help with benefits and EHCP forms, wellbeing activities and support from local professionals.

Coffee mornings
BAS will hold coffee mornings from 9.30am – 11am on the second Tuesday of each month at St Peter’s Church in Henleaze, and on the last Tuesday of the month at Cafe Des Amis, inside Easton Community Centre.

Evening meetings
The evening meeting will take place at the Bedminster Quaker Meeting House on the third Wednesday of each month from 8pm – 10pm. BAS will have guest speakers at some of our meetings and discussion topics at others.

Parent courses
BAS will continue to run our very popular What Do I Do Now? 6-week course for parents and carers new to autism. This will run three times in 2020, in February, June and November, at Knowle West Media Centre. 

Family socials
In 2020 BAS will have a family social every other month. Family socials are held at the Bedminster Quaker Meeting House on Saturdays and feature a family activity or performer, plus toys and other activities. Two of the family socials will be ‘autism jams’ which will provide an opportunity for our children (and parents!) to perform in a casual, open mic format.

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