14 January 2016

It's almost #TimeToTalk Day - What's happening in Bristol?

brizzlebuzzJoin the conversation on Thursday 4th February 2016 and let's get talking about mental health.

What is Time to Talk Day?

Time to Talk Day is organised by national mental health anti-stigma campaign Time to Change. It's a day when organisations, groups and individuals will organise events that start conversations about mental health. In Bristol, the Time to Talk events are known as 'Brizzle Buzz'.

Who is hosting Time to Talk events in Bristol?

On Time to Talk Day...

  • Time to Change will be present all day on 4th February at three locations in Bristol, where local volunteers will be available for anyone wanting to stop by for a coffee and a chat about mental health. Come visit them at:

    • Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY, 10am - 8pm

    • The Station, Silver Street, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 2AG, 10am - 4pm

    • Bristol Royal Infirmary, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 8HW, 10am - 4pm

Contact Liz Andrews on 0117 9070565 for details.

  • The Greenway Centre will be hosting a coffee morning in their cafĂ© where people can stop by for a chat. The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol. Contact: Letty Anderton, 0740 011 8625

  • Healthwatch Bristol will be hosting an event at the Vassall Centre (to be confirmed, details to follow). The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Other events

12th February - Southmead Development Trust will be screening the film 'Inside Out' with discussions, food and family-friendly activities on offer. The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead 9.45am - 1pm. Contact Letty Anderton: 07400118625

13th February - Join Incredible Edible at their Edible Park opposite St Mary Redcliffe Church for some therapeutic gardening and a chat about mental health. 12pm - 3pm. Visit www.ediblebristol.org.uk

More events are being planned - watch this space.

Run your own event!

There's still time to get on board if you'd like to plan your own event. Maybe you'd like to run an open mic night or plan a bake sale. Maybe you're an actor or a singer and you'd like to put on a performance. Maybe you've got an existing event, like a book group or an exercise class, and you'd like to give it a mental health theme. Or maybe you'd just like to host a coffee morning to start conversations about mental health.

Whatever you want to do, we'd be happy to hear about it. You don't have to host an event on Time to Talk Day itself - we're supporting events throughout February 2016.

The most important part of running a Time to Change event is starting conversations. The events should be designed to bring together people with and without experiences of mental health problems to interact and learn from each other.

How to plan your event

  • Need to boost numbers? Get in touch with CASS on info@cassbristol.org and we can help publicise your event

  • Want some free training in how to run an event? Contact Liz Andrews on  l.andrews@time-to-change.org.uk or  0117 9070565

  • Need funding? The Time to Change Champions Fund is still open for applications until 18th January. Visit www.wellspringhlc.org/cass for more information.

  • Need some posters and other resources? Download them from the Time to Change website: www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday-resources. Or contact us if you would like hard copies.

  • Want to talk about it on social media? Use the hashtag #BrizzleBuzz.

  • Need further advice and support? Come along to Hamilton House on Thursday 28 th January at 5.30 - 7pm for support with your event, including how to start conversations, safeguarding, expenses and much more.

Stay in touch


info@cassbristol.org or call 0117 304 1400 and ask to speak to a member of the Community Access Support Service (CASS) team


Liz Andrews, Time to Change Bristol Administrator - l.andrews@time-to-change.org.uk 0117 9070565


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