News 2016-11-25T16:36:03+00:00

RAISING AWARENESS: We’ve been organising and attending events to get people talking about women’s mental health, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The highlight for us was our Information Sharing Event for Bristol Women’s Services. This was an opportunity to find out about women’s services in Bristol with guest speakers, light refreshments and agencies providing services for women in Bristol exhibiting information. Other events included Bristol’s Blue Monday Galleries event, where we [...]

AND THE AWARD GOES TO… The IRISi team receive the University of Bristol Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award for Policy and Practice.

Next Link are always looking for innovative ways to tackle domestic violence. They have worked closely with Professor Gene Feder and his team since the launch of the IRIS Project, running the first pilot scheme.

Our annual candlelit vigil to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was a great success.

Thanks to Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner, for leading our march and to everyone who came along and supported it. We chose this occasion to launch our zero tolerance pledge.

Big thanks to Bristol Hash Harriers for making us one of their 2017 Bristol Hash Charities and raising the fantastic sum of £637.

The club is pictured presenting their cheque to Missing Link & Next Link’s Chief Executive, Carol Metters MBE.

Thank you to everyone who came to our South Glos Domestic Abuse Services launch and who made the event such a success.

A very special thank you to the lovely Phoebe for singing at the launch and to our Guest speakers Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset, and Amanda Deeks, Chief Executive, South Gloucestershire Council. The event was an opportunity to find out about Next Link services, [...]

PCC Pride Award for our SAFE Link team.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens recognised our Safe Link team with her latest Pride Awards. The awards aim to give people the chance to highlight those working tirelessly in their communities or organisations. Debbie, our Safe Link Team Leader also won an award earlier this year.

Visit from pioneering Gill Hague

We were delighted to welcome Gill Hague to our offices. Gill is the pioneer in the development of violence against women research. She visited Next Link to share ideas and experiences with our team.

We are very excited to announce Next Link South Glos will be providing Domestic Abuse Services across South Glos from 1st July 2017!

Next Link South Glos – New Domestic Abuse Services across South Gloucestershire: Next Link South Glos provide support services for anyone (women, men, children) who has been the victim of domestic abuse. Our services include telephone help and advice, safe houses, community outreach services and group programmes. Give us a call on 0800 4700 280. You can call our telephone helplines between 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am – 1:00pm on Saturday For more information about Next Link South Glos: Click here to see all the Next Link domestic abuse services in South Glos To find out more about any of our [...]

Missing Link were out and about to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAWBristol 

Above: The ‘Give and Get’ taster with Bristol City Council and Helpfulpeeps in the Galleries, part of #MHAWBristol. Below: Big thanks to the Female Empowerment Network who donated proceeds of their event to Missing Link.  

Recognition for our Safe Link team leader

Congratulations to Debbie, our Safe Link Team Leader on receiving her PCC Pride Award. The Awards, from Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, recognise the silent stars who achieve great things or go above and beyond what is expected. The awards aim to give people the chance to highlight those working tirelessly in their communities or organisations. Winners are presented with a certificate and are invited to visit and have lunch with Sue Mountstevens at Police Headquarters.

Next Link Flyers run the Bath Half!

Watch Phoebe’s story here

Adding our support to the sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week campaign

You can talk to us, call Safe Link on  0333 323 1543 or click here... Sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week is 6th - 12th February. We don’t talk about sexual abuse enough. That’s not ok. The awareness week was established to give an opportunity for the general public, statutory and third sector organisations to participate in a discussion about sexual abuse and sexual violence. During the week people raise awareness about sexual abuse and sexual violence and how to prevent it in the UK.

Standing together in solidarity for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

We supported our Soroptimist Colleagues on their march from Temple Meads to the Lord Mayors Chapel at the bottom of Park Street.

Our annual candle lit vigil generated an increase in women seeking help

Thanks to everyone who supported our candle lit vigil to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We have held this event for 18 years and each year it has generated an increase in women seeking help.

Visit from the home office to find out about local domestic abuse services

We had a visit from the Director General of Crime, Policing & Fire Paul Lincoln who came to find out about local domestic abuse services. He talked with staff and service users including our peer mentors to hear about their experience of the police, criminal justice system and the help that was available to them.

We delivered the first Information Sharing Fair as part of Homelessness Awareness week

This was the first event of its kind and generated a lot of interest from agencies and colleagues working across Bristol. With contributions from over 20 organisations involved in delivering services to homeless women we were able to create information stalls, project films and gather support for our commitment to women only services within Bristol. The event was launched by our chief executive Carol Metters who gave the welcoming address, and was attended by 100 people from over 40 agencies, including the Police, Lighthouse, Probation, Health services and Bristol City Council commissioners.

We were delighted to share ideas with visitors from Germany and Brazil

We were delighted to meet with women from GENSINE Domestic Abuse Service who provide domestic abuse services in Germany to share ideas about each other’s work. Dr Carlos, a domestic abuse researcher from Brazil came to see how we support women who have experienced abuse here in the UK.

Judy McFarlane visits Next link to exchange ideas

Judy is a champion of DV advocacy in the US and internationally. She came to meet staff and service users from Next Link to talk about her work in the US and hear about the work Next Link is doing.

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 11:52pm
Great to meet Thangam Debbonaire today and listen to DV survivors' voices @ThangamMP https://t.co/4EqzpcZimH NextLinkHousing photo
Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 6:57pm
Thank you very much to SLS for donating 140 easter eggs to our Complex Needs, South Glos and Bristol safehouses #EasterEgg #deedsnotwords #Sharing https://t.co/2nXk9oceam NextLinkHousing photo
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 12:50am
Next Link are keen for you to have your say about CRUSH, our new Young People’s Programme. Come along to the event for a chance to shape the course!
#CRUSH #youngpeople #healthyrelationships https://t.co/DT6XKGwTQe
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Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at 5:59pm
Thank you @StreetSarnies, it means so much to the families we work with. 🐰🐥🐰 https://t.co/HFvHph2LYX
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SLS @StreetSarnies
140 boxed eggs ready to go the refuges in Bristol for @NextLinkHousing 🐰🐣🐰 #eggtastic https://t.co/zefyQriDQt
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 11:50pm
We are really excited to have worked alongside Dr Christy, Dr Valandra & their students from University of Arkansas & University of Cambridge on their policies & program designed to address Interpersonal Violence #workingtogether #FinancialFreedom https://t.co/HEGqzYI2xX NextLinkHousing photo

To find out more about these services please call 0117 925 0680 or text 07714 290 011, or email enquiries@nextlinkhousing.co.uk