Celebrating Women’s Morning – International Women’s Day 2022

BDP is committed to making our services accessible and appropriate for the needs of all of the different people and demographics that make up our community here in Bristol.

One of these services is our Women’s Morning group. Women’s Morning is a social support group that runs out of our Central Bristol premises. The group is a weekly chance for women with past or current alcohol or drug use to meet and talk to other women in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. From the feedback on the sessions, this mutual support is highly valued by the attendees:

All the staff and service users are lovely and very accepting. It’s a place we can always feel safe, and it is somewhere we can make friends with people who understand each other’s addiction.

This safe space has proven beneficial to the attendees who have told us they can connect and share their experiences with people who understand their situation and listen without judgment.

Another key benefit of the group is being able to build a strong rapport with the specialist drug and alcohol workers who run the group. The building of these relationships between the worker and attendee means there is a level of trust and background knowledge built up, which can be invaluable to both parties when navigating distressing issues. Attendees can also access our specialist drug and alcohol nurses, who can provide health care interventions without going to a GP.

There are also many activities laid on including visiting speakers, quizzes, arts and crafts and bingo.

A common barrier for women accessing services is child care. For this reason, we have a free creche service so women can bring their children to be looked after whilst they attend the group.

Due to ongoing restrictions on room capacities, Women’s Morning is currently running at a limited capacity. If you, or someone you are working with, would like to attend the group, please contact us on 0117 987 6000 or email info@bdp.org.uk.

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