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St Mungo’s continues to support the health and wellbeing of B&NES community during the pandemic.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, St Mungo’s ‘Hope Guide’ has gone virtual.

The Virtual Hope Guide provides information on groups, activities and support services for adults in B&NES, who are socially isolated, are affected by mental health issues, substance misuse or homelessness. Also included are local and national helplines.

This newly updated guide contains a variety of signposting information, aimed at maintaining and improving mental health and wellbeing, which with another lockdown in place is all the more important.

“With Covid-19 and the second lockdown now upon us, we wanted to ensure that the Hope Guide remained accessible and continued to provide ‘hope’ to those in the community; helping signpost and support the mental health and wellbeing of B&NES residents. The new online nature of the guide has the added bonus of being more responsive to government guidance and services who are regularly adapting, so as to continue to carry out their fantastic work in the community”, Carolyn Trippick, Volunteer Hope Guide Producer.

Not only is the guide aimed at supporting individuals, it’s also a great signposting resource for professionals.

“I originally was told about the Hope Guide by a colleague when I started in my role and she referred to it as the ‘bible’ of community events and groups in B&NES! It’s been so helpful in building my understanding of what groups are out there to connect with and who I might be able to work with to reach the most people”, Somerset Skills & Learning.

The Virtual Hope Guide is available on St Mungo’s Bridges to Wellbeing website:

If you work with, or know of a group or service still offering support to people in B&NES that isn’t already included, please email with the details. Likewise, if your group or service has recently changed in any way, please get in touch to let us know, so that we can keep the available information as up-to-date and accurate as possible.

St Mungo’s produces this guide in collaboration with local services, with funding from Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (NHS Trust) & Virgin Care.

St Mungo’s contacts B&NES:

St Mungo's 'Building Bridges to Wellbeing' team works innovatively and creatively with people who have a lived experience of mental health challenges, volunteers and other agencies to empower, inspire and promote independence and wellbeing. We support mental health and wellbeing pathways which enable the positive progression of clients and volunteers.

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