How we can help

Community Navigators Bristol offers free signposting and support to people over 50 and for people over 18 with a learning disability who want to feel more involved in their community.

Who is the service for?

Bristol people who are over 50, or anyone over the age of 18 with a learning disability.

Who can make a referral?

You can refer yourself or you can make a referral on behalf of someone you know, either personally or professionally. Get in touch to make a referral and see whether the service is right for you.

What is Community Navigators Bristol?

Our friendly, trained navigators will:

  • Take time to get to know you and find out what’s important to you. They might visit you at home a few times so they can support you personally.
  • Share information with you about what’s happening locally to help you get involved in things you’re interested in. This might include meeting people; rekindling old hobbies; becoming more active; volunteering; or learning something new.
  • Tackle any concerns you might have about getting out and about – like safety, transport or money worries – by linking you up with other local community groups.
  • Offer extra support if you feel nervous. They can come along with you when you try something for the first time.

“Community Navigators is an absolutely amazing service. I was living alone after my husband passed away, and I was feeling very isolated, low and depressed. I didn’t go out at all. But when my Community Navigator made contact I felt like I could talk to her without being judged. She signposted me to lots of different things – befriending, help with my garden, coffee morning, lunch club, housing options and helped me access financial support and counselling. It was a relief to have someone to hold my hand while I took baby steps. It made it easier for me to try things on my own.” ‘Sandra’, aged 66

What don’t we provide?

  • Practical assistance such as DIY, shopping or gardening
  • Assist with legal or banking administration
  • Long-term support

Get in touch with us and we can point you in the right direction.

Is the service free?

Yes. The service provides short-term support and is completely free. It’s available to people in their home or via phone appointments.

Who provides the service?

Community Navigators Bristol is run by a partnership of trusted local organisations and funded by Bristol Ageing Better.

Download our service leaflet here

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