Mental health service celebrates first anniversary in Filwood

ACE staff at the barbecue: L to r Deputy Manager -Filwood Hub, Jo Whiteland, placement student Charlie Constant , Engagement Workers Ben Cheyney, Richie Horton and Sophie Robinson and Family Engagement Worker Jenny Gathercole.
ACE staff at the barbecue: L to r : Deputy Manager -Filwood Hub, Jo Whiteland, placement student Charlie Constant , Engagement Workers Ben Cheyney, Richie Horton and Sophie Robinson and Family Engagement Worker Jenny Gathercole.

By Community Reporter Kerrie Nicholson

A service which works to improve mental health is celebrating its first anniversary in Filwood this month with a barbecue.

Bristol Mental Health’s Assertive Contact and Engagement Service (ACE) moved its South Bristol hub to Filwood Community Centre last year – where its users are “people “not already engaged in services and struggle to get the support they need.”

ACE is particularly keen to help groups from all backgrounds, faiths and cultures and will visit people at home and within the South Bristol Community. The service also provides training for organisations and groups to raise awareness on “how to support people experiencing poor mental health.”

ACE Engagement Worker Ben Cheney says: “The barbecue is to celebrate the achievements of our clients over the past year and to thank all those local people who have extended the hand of friendship to us since we opened our offices in Filwood…

“It’s been fantastic and we have found Knowle to be a friendly area with a strong identity and sense of community. We have made good contacts with many local organisations and individuals in the area, and are always looking to make new connections…”

In its first year, the service set up a Wellbeing Group at Filwood Community Centre on Wednesday afternoons, covering topics such as assertiveness, relaxation and stress management.

It has also connected with Hartcliffe and Withywood Angling Association – taking a group fishing in Congresbury and has set up a successful Women’s Morning at Faithspace in Redcliffe on Fridays.

ACE intends to build on its achievements within South Bristol this year and continue to support the community.

Ben says: “We want our hub at Filwood Community Centre to be a beacon of hope to those people who are struggling on their own with mental health issues.”

The ACE barbecue for service users and local organisations will take place on Wednesday September 28 at Filwood Community Centre in Barnstaple Road from 1.30-4.30pm. To find out more about ACE call 0117 239 8969 from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday or drop into Filwood Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1-4pm.