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One Small Step is a new project run through the Support Hub for Older People to support the wellbeing of people over 50 affected by lockdown and the pandemic. It is inspired by an awareness campaign the Support Hub ran in August last year which encouraged people to reconnect with their communities online and/or in-person after a period in which many people felt more socially isolated.

The project provides specialist wellbeing support and a range of activities for people to join and is made up of five partners from the Support Hub.

All activities are free and everyone is welcome.

Age UK Bristol offers telephone groups on different subjects and telephone befriending for anyone who would like one-to-one support and friendship. Call our helpline for more information 0117 929 7537 or email admin@ageukbristol.org.uk.

Bristol Drugs Project offers a weekly social group for people aged 50 + with current or recent problems related to their drug or alcohol use. We offer personalised support to improve wellbeing and confidence. For more information, contact their helpline 0117 987 6000.

Redcatch Community Garden is running Art Therapy sessions in 6-week blocks. These are in their (heated) safari tent and outdoors in good weather. There will be sessions aimed at people with dementia and session on gardening activities such as making hanging baskets. You can contact them directly for more information at wellbeing.rcg@gmail.com or mobile: 07769 013243.

Sight Support West of England offers one-to-one support for people with deteriorating sight loss. We are able to offer personalised support on the practicalities and emotional wellbeing around sight loss. Get in touch if you would like to talk about our services. Call 0117 322 4885 or email info@sightsupportwest.org.uk.

The Reader offers shared reading groups for everyone to enjoy great literature. You can join in the reading or you can just listen and enjoy. Groups are online, over the phone or face to face. There are several groups across Bristol. Get in touch if you would like to come to one of the sessions. We will be able to talk through the options. Email Michael at michaelprior@thereader.org.uk

If you or someone you know would like to access the services available through One Small Step, please either get in touch with the service most applicable to you or contact the Support Hub helpline to discuss your options. The helpline is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm, call 0117 929 7537.

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