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BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol.
This project was run by Oasis Talk
Free counselling for people over 50 from venues in Knowle West and St Pauls. In the second year of the project a third venue was opened in Southmead.
The aim of this project was to improve the wellbeing of older people by providing up to six sessions of free counselling. Depression affects 1 in 3 older people and counselling is an evidenced intervention for depression.
There was also specific telephone counselling for Carers available through Carers Support Centre, and outreach to existing community groups in the form of free wellbeing taster sessions.
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We commissioned 5 wellbeing pilots in 2016 and the learning from these suggested that the use of talking therapies has positive effects through a number of different formats. We have also seen the positive effects on wellbeing from our Group Work pilots as well as pilots that address housebound older people and carers. We decided to commission 2 talking therapy projects that work across Bristol delivering psychological therapies to address common obstacles to engagement. These could include fear and stigma of engaging with traditional therapies or physical barriers to accessing service.
Oasis Talking Therapies project provided face-to-face sessions in three community venues across Bristol and telephone counselling for carers. They took referrals from external partners and individuals themselves, but they also worked collaboratively with other BAB projects such as Community Navigators. The Carers Support Centre were successful in securing funding to continue delivering telephone counselling for carers, this time the service was expanded to reach all adult carers rather than just the over 50s.
During the coronavirus outbreak, Age UK Bristol formed a Support Hub for older people. Oasis-Talk was funded by BAB in this time to run free phone counselling sessions for the over fifties to ease anxiety caused by the pandemic. This support has been a lifeline for some people and it is hoped that funding can be found locally to continue this much-needed service.
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