Organisations that can help you

Here you'll find lots of organisations that can help you gain fair access to services and opportunities. They're broken down into the equality strands to help you find the relevent info.

Race and Ethnicity

Southall Black Sisters: challenging domestic and gender violence (All)

Black South West Network: supports BME community organisations (All)          

Bristol BME Voice: increasing opportunities for BME people to have their say (Bristol)

South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network: promoting fair access to opportunities and services for BME people     (South Glos)

Bath Mind BME Services: provides advocacy, information and support to adults from BME communities who are detained, or threatened with detention under the Mental Health Act (BANES)

Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Forum: linking BME senior citizens in Bath to services and social activities (BANES)

SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality): provides support and advice to victims of hate crimes

Sexual Orientation

Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays: offering support to family and friends of lesbian and gay people (All)

Bristol Lesbian and Gay Switchboard: supporting and providing advice to gay people (All)

Bristol Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Forum: providing a resource, as well as campaigning and organising events for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people (Bristol)

Gay West: providing a social and support network for LGBT people (Bristol, BANES, South Glos and North Somerset)

Schools Out: working towards equality and visibility in education for all LGBT people (All)

Broken Rainbow: providing a domestic violence support service for LGBT people (All)

Indigo Network: informal social networking group for lesbian and bi-sexual women

Stonewall: campaigning, research and promoting LGBT equality through events (All)

Religion or Belief

Faith South West; Online forum for faith communities to share news of opportunities and events across the south west for engaging in community and social action

Bristol Multi-Faith Fourm: bringing different people from different Faiths together

Somerset Faith and Beliefs Forum: promoting harmonious relations between people of all faiths and beliefs           

Gender Re-assignment

Equalities South West Transgender Group: bringing together these diverse individuals and organisations to work on issues relating to trans equality (All)

Gender Identity Research and Education Society: information for trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them (All)

Gendered Intelligence: helping young people understand gender diversity in creative ways and offering support for young trans people (All)

The Gender Trust: supporting all those affected by gender identity issues (All)

Non-binary South West: a peer support group for trans people in the South West (All)


Bristol Women’s Voice: aiming to make women’s equality in Bristol a reality (Bristol)

Bristol Crisis Service for Women: supporting women and girls in emotional distress (All)

Bristol Fawcett Society: campaigning for equality between women and men in the UK on pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics (Bristol)

Bristol Rape Crisis Centre: support service for women or girls who have experienced sexual violence (Bristol)

One25 Limited: reaching out to women trapped in, or vulnerable to, street sex work (Bristol)

Refugee Women of Bristol: supporting refugee women and advocating for their rights (Bristol)                                   

Single Parent Action Network: supporting single parent families to empower themselves and take control of their lives (All)

WomanKind: providing women with free counselling and support (Bristol)

YWCA Bristol Young Women’s Centre: supporting girls and women as they take control of their lives (All)

Learning Disabilities

Families in Touch: work with families who have children with special needs and disabilities (Bristol)

Blind and Deaf

Action for Blind People: providing practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages (All)

Action on Hearing Loss: care and support for deaf and hard of hearing people with additional special needs (All)

Bristol Centre for Deaf People: providing services for people with hearing loss across the South West (All)

Royal National Institute of the Blind South West: supporting blind and partially sighted people (All)

Somerset Sight; providing services and activities for visually impaired people (North Somerset, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and Sedgemoor)

Mental Health

Mental Health: Provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems (All)

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership: Work with service users, carers and families to support recovery (Bristol, BANES, North Somerset, South Glos and Mendip)

Bath MIND: Providing a mental health resource, promoting a positive image of mental health and providing services (BANES)

Mind in Sedgemoor: Providing a mental health resource, promoting a positive image of mental health and providing services (Sedgemoor)

South Somerset Mind: Providing a mental health resource, promoting a positive image of mental health and providing services (South Somerset)

Mind in Taunton and West Somerset: Providing a mental health resource, promoting a positive image of mental health and providing services (Taunton Deane and West Somerset)

Rethink: Helping people living with conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar, personality disorders and more to recover a better quality of life (All)


Age Concern Bristol:  Support services for the elderly (Bristol)              

Bristol Older People’s Forum: Improving the quality of life for those over 55 (Bristol)                                                                    

Bridgwater Senior Citizens Forum: Social Group that also campaign for better services and raise awareness of issues that affect the elderly (Sedgemoor)

Age UK Bath and North East Somerset: Working with and for elderly people (BANES)

3 Dimensions:  A service for young people with Social Difficulties including Communication, Learning Difficulties, Vulnerability in the Community and / or ASD (South Somerset)

1625 Young People: Helping young people with life skills, confidence-building, education, training and jobs (Bristol and South Glos)

Action for Children South West:  Supporting and speaking out for the UK's most vulnerable children and young people 


Radar:  Promoting independent living for disabled people as well as providing support for carers (All)

The Care Forum: Empowering adults and young people to voice issues about local social and community care services (All)

The Vassall Centre Trust: Supporting disabled people to have successful working lives (Bristol and South Glos)

Disability Equality Forum: Disability equality organisation that campaigns for all disabled people who live, work or study in the Bristol area (Bristol)

Compass Disability Network: Bringing together disabled people to create a strong and empowered voice that is representative of the community (Somerset)

Sedgemoor Disability Forum: Providing opportunity for disabled people and carers to be consulted and informed on a range of issues from different organisations (Sedgemoor)

South Somerset Disability Forum: Working to improve the social inclusion of disabled people (South Somerset)