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Day centres, support and Bristol Community Links

Day centres, support and Bristol Community Links

We’ll help you to be as independent as possible and find activities in your community, employment training or learn new skills.

COVID-19 and day centres

Bristol Community Links North and South are open for a limited number of service users. Infection control measures are in place to keep our staff and service users safe.

Bristol Community Links Central is closed.

You can use our support services if you're an:

  • older person
  • adult with dementia
  • adult with a learning difficulty
  • adult with physical and sensory impairments

Day support

If you're eligible for day support, you can make a plan about the things you want to do. You can make this plan yourself, with a friend or one of your family, or a trained member of staff can help you. The plan might be made up of words, pictures, video or a mixture of all three.

Day centres

If you need to visit one of our day centres to keep you healthy and safe, our Bristol Community Links (BCL) hubs provide daily support and give you the confidence and skills to become more independent and work towards your ambitions and goals.

Things you can do at our day centres:

  • meet people and make friends
  • take part in activities such as games, crafts and entertainments
  • learn new skills and find out about employment training
  • get support to go out and about in your local community

Sensory rooms

Our sensory rooms at BCL North and South have the latest technology to create an interactive, multi-sensory environment using light, sound, texture, bubble tubes and colours. The rooms can be relaxing or stimulating, helping adults and children with autism, dementia and complex neurological disabilities.

BCL also provides:

  • support and advice to carers
  • links with local businesses

Where to find our day centres

BCL South

Langhill Ave, Inns Court, Knowle, BS4 1TN
Tel: 0117 377 2720
email: bcl@bristol.gov.uk

The BCL South centre offers:

  • a café serving hot meals, cakes and hot drinks
  • a kitchen for you to learn new skills
  • an environment that’s friendly for people with dementia
  • a small hair-dressing salon
  • free wifi for internet and mobile phone use
  • help to use the internet
  • a sensory room

Access guide for Bristol Community Links South on DisabledGo.

BCL Central

Russell Town Avenue, St George, BS5 9LT
Telephone: 0117 903 0470
email: bcl@bristol.gov.uk

The BCL Central centre caters for up to 25 people with a wide range of needs including dementia, autism and challenging behaviour. A range of activities are on offer including:

  • computer training
  • gardening
  • cooking
  • outdoor activities and trips
  • road safety skills
  • links with local businesses

BCL North

Lanercost Road, Southmead, BS10 6HZ
Telephone: 0117 903 8640
email: bcl@bristol.gov.uk

BCL North centre offers:

  • grounds, gardens and outdoor space
  • skills kitchen
  • sensory room
  • conservatory
  • computers and technology
  • a café
  • music, art, and craft skills
  • transport

BCL North facilities (pdf, 151 KB) (opens new window)
Jigsaw cafe menu (pdf, 4.2 MB) (pdf, 4.2MB) (opens new window)
Access guide for Bristol Community Links North on DisabledGo

Get a place at BCL

If you're eligible for support from Bristol City Council, talk to your social worker about how to get referred to BCL. Or you can email us on bcl@bristol.gov.uk to arrange a visit to find out more about what BCL could offer you.

Links Connect: for adults with a learning difficulty

Links Connect is a service for adults with a learning difficulty. We can help you to:

  • live independently, for example helping you find a job
  • find opportunities in your local community, such as meeting new people or finding a hobby
  • improve your confidence, health and wellbeing

We’ll:

  • talk to you about what you need help with and what changes you’d like to make in your life
  • help you make a plan to do this
  • help you do the things in your plan, this could be in small groups, individual meetings, on the phone or by video call
  • tell you about other opportunities, organisations or services that can help

To join Links Connect, fill in a referral form (word doc, 106KB) (opens new window) and send it to bcl@bristol.gov.uk or Bristol Community Links Connect, c/o City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Bristol, BS5 9JH.

Call 0117 903 0470 if you have questions or need help filling in the form.

Community facilities for hire

Facilities including meeting rooms, the Sensory Rooms, and the skills kitchen at BCL South, are all available for hire by local groups and organisations. Contact us to find out more, email bcl@bristol.gov.uk.

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