11 February 2019

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

As the evenings very slowly get a bit lighter and longer, our WI continues to blossom & bloom!
We've seen lots of new members & guests join us recently!
Our pro-rata membership means the price for this years (2019) membership at the start of the year was £42.00.
You would get 11 meetings for this price and many more extras, which is a bargain at just £3.81 a meeting!
If you are a completely NEW member you can use the incremental pay system, which is currently at £42.00, this cost goes down by 1/4 every quarter.
We really want Brislington WI to be a place where any woman can come and expect to be welcomed, included and make friends and as our membership grows with more and more individual members it’s important that we all put in the effort to keep it that way – I hope you all agree?!
We know we have members that join seeking new friendships with like-minded, local women. Some are new to this wonderful city, some regaining their social life after starting families and others just craving new and stimulating company. Whatever the reason, coming along without knowing any other members (as we know many do) takes courage, and we’d like to ask all our members to make a special effort towards anyone they see sitting alone.
It’s easy for us longer standing members, or those that have joined up with friends, to carry on in our usual circles, but next time, just look around and see if you can get chatting to someone you've not really spoken to before! 

Our Charity of The Year

Every year Brislington WI choose a charity to support: This year the contenders are:

Feed The Homeless BRISTOL has been going since February 2016, and has been registered as a charity since October 2016 (charity number 1169924). Our volunteers are split into three main groups; the cooks provide hot meals, sandwiches and snacks, the walkers distribute this food along with any warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags that have been donated, directly to the needy on the streets and the management team (including our dedicated trustees) help ensure we meet our core objectives and continue to grow. Currently all activities centre around distributing hot meals to the homeless within the Bristol city centre on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays and in Weston Super Mare 7 days a week. With the continued support from our vibrant and caring multi-faith-based community, we hope to build upon this and reach even more homeless people in the future. www.feedthehomeless.org.uk 

Womankind is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The organisation was founded in 1986 and since that time has provided a range of services for women with mental health problems in the Bristol area. 
Mission - To help women improve their mental health and well-being. Our hope and belief is that because of our help, women will experience a better quality of life, participate more fully in society, enjoy more fulfilling relationships and be better able to care for themselves, and where appropriate, their families. Values - Womankind exists to enable women to define their own mental health needs. Aims to improve the quality of women’s lives by helping them to become less dependent on mental health and social services. Aims to make its services accessible to women on low incomes. Womankind recognises that the roots of women’s difficulties are often linked to personal life histories. We also recognise that the social and political environment in which women live affect their mental health. www.womankindbristol.org.uk 

SARSAS are a specialist support service for people in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, or South Gloucestershire, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any point in their lives. 
SARSAS offers a confidential helpline, regular support sessions, counselling, and email support to any individuals subjected to sexual violence, exploitation, intimidation, coercion or harassment, whether physical or verbal. We can also offer training and advice to professionals. SARSAS also supports friends and family of people affected by sexual violence. SARSAS currently offers a helpline service 5 times a week, structured support, email support, and we can also provide advocacy services. We believe rape and sexual violence is never the fault of the victim and we will always believe and support you. We understand that it is difficult to talk about these things. We can offer a safe and private space where you will be believed and you won’t be judged. SARSAS is currently funded by Bristol City Council, Ministry of Justice, charitable and statutory grant makers and donations from individuals. SARSAS works to raise awareness of sexual violence and challenge the myths and misconceptions about it. We lobby and campaign locally and nationally to promote the needs of survivors. www.sarsas.org.uk 

YOU CHOOSE......................................................................