Women’s Independent Alcohol Support (WIAS) is a friendly, service-user controlled project set up to help women to deal with past and present alcohol issues. It is also a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee.
Its Trustees are:
Patricia Anne (Patsy) Staddon (Chair)
Jacqueline Rosemary Barron (Secretary)
Patricia (Pat) Ansell (Treasurer)
We also have Lynne, our Families Consultant--Lynne herself recovered from alcohol issues and single-handedly raised three children all three doing well as young adults. She will respond to queries you send in to us by email--please do say it is a family issue with which you'd like some help.
WE RUN A:
Weekly 'drop-by'--you can drop into a cafe to chat about any alcohol concerns in a relaxed atmosphere. Call us for details
THERE WILL BE NO DROP-BY ON DECEMBER 1ST DUE TO ILLNESS
Alcohol distress helpline
- WIAS provides a weekly, over-the-phone support service for women anywhere in the UK. The services runs every Wednesday from 6 - 10pm.
- Call us on 0117 942 8077/07800860402 for free and confidential support.
One to one counselling
Call us on 0117 942 8077 for details
- WIAS offers small, facilitated support groups for women in the Bristol area with concerns about their alcohol use. The service is confidential: you do not have to tell us your real name unless you want to. Support and practical help are available.
- Facilitators have personal experience of recovery from serious alcohol and mental health issues and of working with women who have suffered domestic abuse. In addition, our approach is informed by recent academic research in the area, pointing to the need for support offering non-judgemental positive regard to all women at all times
Training workshops for organisations in best practice for helping women, including
lesbian and bisexual women, in recovery from alcohol issues
Lunch hour talks + question and answer sessions available for local firms, groups and charitable organisations
Call us to discuss on 01179428077
Latest research project: Improving support for women with alcohol issues
Women and Alcohol: Different Perspectives
Our recent conference is detailed below.
Jennifer Holly (Against Violent Abuse) :
Connecting the dots: domestic and sexual violence, substance use and mental ill-health
Patsy Staddon (Women's Independent Alcohol Support) :Addressing shame and stigma: creative help in women’s alcohol recovery
Una Corbett (Battle Against Tranquillisers)
Why bother with Benzos?
Hannah Mahoney (Eden House)
Eden House: the background and the benefits
Emma Mastracola (GP trainee)
Bristol Wet Clinic: an alternatve approach to alcohol addiction