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Supporting connections across the city

By 7th June 2020No Comments

A new initiative which is part of the local response to coronavirus will connect people in Bristol receiving health care in their homes to a range of specialist voluntary and community organisations.

The scheme is part of a city-wide response to Covid-19 and involves Voscur, Bristol’s support and development agency for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and Sirona and it will link to community organisations to help individuals on the road to recovery.

It is available to people in Bristol receiving care from Sirona’s community teams including district nurses, therapists and rehabilitation support workers following discharge from hospital ensuring no-one is left without support and points of contact.

It will also work to support people who Sirona care for at home by connecting them to the specialist information, advice and support.

People will be able to access Voscur direct, talk about their needs and signposted to the most appropriate organisation in the city.

The specialist organisations include but are not limited to:

  • 1625 Independent People (supporting young people at risk of homelessness).
  • Age UK Bristol and partners (supporting people aged 55 and over).
  • Brigstowe Project (supporting those with HIV/Aids).
  • Bristol Black Carers (supporting older vulnerable people in Bristol’s African and Caribbean communities).
  • Bristol Mind (supporting people with mental health needs).
  • Bristol Refugee Rights and partners (supporting refugees and asylum seekers).
  • Off the Record (supporting young people with mental health needs, and young LGBTQ+ people).
  • SARSAS (supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse).
  • Womankind (supporting women with mental health and wellbeing needs).

Mark Hubbard, Head of Partnerships and Commissioning at Voscur, said:

“We are pleased to be working with Sirona care & health to bring Bristol community organisations into a new partnership to provide support in challenging times. Specialist organisations will provide support to people at risk of being admitted to hospital and to those discharged. This should relieve pressure on hospitals, so that the most vulnerable in society are able to access services when they need them.”

Simon Allen, Head of Partnerships and Community Development within Sirona, said: “This is an exciting initiative to manage demand as a result of the pandemic but most importantly to connect people with organisations across the city.

“People will benefit from the additional support provided by the specialist organisations to support their wellbeing in what we all recognise is a challenging time.”