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Bristol Charity Advent Calendar 2019, day 8: Off The Record

By lowie trevena, Saturday Dec 7, 2019

Opening its doors in 1965, Off The Record has been providing young people with advice, information and counselling services for nearly 55 years.

A mental health and wellbeing charity, they promote and defend the rights of young people and their mental health, as well as providing practical support to encourage positive wellbeing for people aged between 11 and 25 years old.


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Based on Old Market Street and with additional buildings on Perry Road and St Michael’s Hill, the charity run over a dozen different drop in sessions and groups and also do outreach in schools and collaborate with the NHS.

Some of Off The Record’s groups include Freedom, an LGBTQ+ group for those aged 18-25 years old (there is Freedom Youth for people aged 11-18 years old) that celebrates 25 years in 2020, Project Zazi for BAME young people and Corner Man, a new group that runs for 12 weeks at a time and combine boxing and a chat.

There are also drop in sessions, which centre less around mental health and more on community, wellbeing and social change, such as a book club, weekly yoga sessions and Resilience Lab, which provide fun and interactive exercises centred around self-care.

Young people can get involved by singing up on the website or by heading along to one of the drop in Hub sessions (11-25 years old) or Central+ session (18-25 years old).

Find out more at www.otrbristol.org.uk


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