Filwood is a very deprived area with well below average incomes which filter into every aspect of residents’ lives. Whilst at first glance poverty is about money- it is more the inequality that poverty brings across physical and mental health as well as social interactions and self-esteem and all these contribute to a sense of poor and deficient wellbeing. The Local City Council statistics profile for Filwood Ward published in December 2020 shows that Filwood is within not just the most deprived 20% but the most deprived 1%-10% of Bristol wards. In the health and wellbeing section Filwood was marked as red- which indicates ‘significantly worse’ than the City wide statistics as a whole in the following areas:
Significantly worse in ‘Good health’ in general.
Knowle West Health Association is a deeply rooted community organisation who have built up trust within the community. We have shown a place based response during the pandemic as well as a pre- Covid track record and a post Covid community resilience focus
The Free 'as long as needed' counselling service has an ongoing waiting list of 50-60 people. We currently have 15 counsellors seeing 3 clients each every week, all our counsellors are volunteers, either qualified or students on placement. Talking therapy with an integrative and pluralistic approach ensures the therapy is client led and counselling of this kind is never ‘doing to’ or ‘doing for’, it is not ‘rescuing or fixing’. It is in its very essence autonomous and facilitated with skill to allow clients to empower themselves
Part of our adapting to Covid was to move our counselling service to Zoom or phone, depending on the clients preference and access to technology.