Mental Health Awareness week

Mental health in an unequal world

This year’s theme is about the inequalities and struggles that have been unearthed during the pandemic. We thought we would share some of the various support places you can go for support or simply just to investigate the issues around mental health.

Mental health org

Has various blogs and research papers as well as the fact that they are launching a £2 million covid response programme!


Whether it’s for your younger self who struggled with depression, for your friend on the CAMHS waiting list or for properly funded mental health services, share why you’re fighting for mental health. 

Remember, if you’re sharing on social media, tag us and use the hashtags #MHAW #FightForMH to make sure you’re joining in the conversation

Bristol Mental Health

A mental health system for Bristol

Public and voluntary sector organisations were brought together under the banner of Bristol Mental Health to provide NHS funded services in the city in October 2014.

It is an innovative new system created following calls from service users, carers and GPs for better mental health services in the city. People with direct experience of using mental health services have been involved in designing the services along with carers, voluntary organisations, community groups and health and social care professionals.

Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN)

The Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (BIMHN) represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of Bristol’s mental health services, as well as those with lived experiences of mental health.

Our work involves working with people with lived experience of mental health, providing a space for them to confidentially share their needs and experiences of services.

We campaign for change by holding local providers of mental health services to account, and actively play a part the design and re-design of local mental health services.

In fact there are numerous support places so these are just a small part of possible places to go. We were also contacted by this group to ask us to spread their message and we think its also something of interest and links very heavily into the mental health issues as we know many people use drugs or alcohol to self medicate mental health issues.

Ok Rehab

OK Rehab specialises in addiction treatment. This treatment is available via both inpatient and outpatient treatment providers. We also work with clinics that are able to facilitate treatment taking place in your own home, who are able to provide professional intervention and home detoxification.

At OK Rehab, our aim is to help individuals break free from the shackles of addiction and find a treatment that’s ideally suited to their needs. This treatment is applicable for drug addiction, alcoholism and process/behavioural addictions.

A call out from Miranda Mowbray

The Digital Freedom Fund, is looking for trainers to run one-day 4-hr virtual workshops for digital litigators/activists, to explain how particular technologies work and what they actually do. They’ll pay (NGO rates), and will work closely with the trainers to develop the workshops. They’re interested particularly in trainers who are not straight white middle-class men. Topics they’re interested in include content optimization, facial recognition, data trusts, tracking/surveillance, personal assistants, emotional AI, care robots.
Interested in running a tech workshop for digital activists, or know someone who’d be brilliant at it? Get in touch.

Women Tech Founders

On a slightly more cheery note we popped along to the Pitch semi-finals last week and met a couple of great Women Tech Founders so we thought we would share them with you.

All about the cooks

This was right up our street – it’s a small female-led start-up that has made a network around food. So it’s for home cooks wanting to share their cooking in the local area and for people to meet the cooks. No more faceless deliveroo delivered food from faceless people on a Saturday night!

Evolved Creative

Gender-neutral vegan and sustainable clothing .. and some great F&%$£^$% mugs too or in their words…

The home of comfortable clothing that’s aesthetically pleasing and stylish. Colour, or neutrals we’ve got you covered in a range that will have you feeling good.

For prospective founders we’ve also got some interesting stuff going on …

UWE Bristol is running the Help to Grow: Management programme throughout 2021, 2022 and 2023.


This programme has been designed to drive growth, innovation and productivity within SMEs and runs over a 12 week period with online classes, face-to-face workshops, and 1-to-1 mentoring. Our next start date is Tuesday 26th October and you can register to participate from this date at: The course is 90% government-funded with the cost to participants being £750 for 50 hours of business development support. Further information about subsequent dates and locations for Help to Grow: Management courses at UWE Bristol can be found here.

Another UWE offering (this time training):

The Foundry at UWE Bristol is offering FREE bootcamps in Games Technology to those aged 19+. 16-weeks starting 8th November with in person and on line learning led by industry developers and senior academics with experience of working on published “AAA” and “indie” games . Only 30 places so sign up ASAP if you are interested! You will have the opportunity to work towards a polished, engaging game or interactive experience and digital portfolio suitable for a range of sectors. Great way to upskill your team or yourself! Commitment is 12 hours per week of timetabled online activity and 18 hours a week of support sessions. More information here
South West Bootcamp
National Bootcamp

Articles from FounderCatalyst

Also at the Pitch event we met a great angel investor who is keen to support the group. For now he’s sent us some of the blogs that his group writes and may be of interest to you all – in time we will come back with workshops and panels again, just bear with us for now.

“We have a number of articles and other resources at: blog page – by far the most read is our ‘ultimate guide’ to getting funded

Our Candidates

If you are interested in any of our candidates please contact us at to discuss. If any of you are looking for jobs then feel free to send us your requirements and we can put you on our candidate’s list. For companies looking please check out our current candidates here

Jobs of the Week

There are some top jobs from our clients wanting to make a difference and ensure that they reach out to recruit a more diverse workforce. Please take a look and contact them if you are interested as often companies are open to discussing other openings with potential candidates also. Check out all of the jobs on our jobs board and get in touch if you want to reach out to our members at

Our Events

This week it’s our hack night with Code Hub – join up on Hack Night @CodeHub or Hack Night.


The latest tech events we’ve spotted – there’s more coming up that you can find on our conference page.

Bristol Tech fest from the 10th until the 15th of October
Bristol Tech Fest

This year Bristol Tech Festival is partnering with Digilocal to support young people into coding! (we love Digilocal – well worth everyone’s support!)

Bristol Technology Festival is an annual showcase created to bring together events, people and communities to share, learn and explore the technology developed in our region.

Lean Agile Brighton 2021 October the 13th – 14th

Lean Agile Brighton will return in 2021. Date is indicative and not yet finalised. More details to follow soon

Interact London 2021 | Designing Tomorrow October the 14th

Has been postponed until 2022 ….. sorry 🙁

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies, and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.