What is Bristol & Me and who is it for?
It is a secure, moderated, social-networking website for people from vulnerable community groups. It is also for people who work and support people from these groups, such as Service Providers.
How did it start?
The idea for Bristol & Me came from Service Providers themselves. A group was formed that wanted to offer a safe place online for their community to interact with others. Modern lives are increasingly fragmented, and when people move day services, schools/colleges or homes it is sometimes hard to maintain important friendships. The group members worked with Local Authority officers to create Bristol & Me which provides a safe zone for service users to communicate with their friends, support staff, family members and service providers.
What is its purpose?
Many people from vulnerable groups can enjoy and benefit from using social networking sites. Unfortunately people often do not have the confidence or the appropriate skills to do so safely. The great news is that Bristol & Me changes this once and for all! Bristol & Me provides:
- a safe, moderated online environment for those who want to stay in touch with their friends and family online.
- opportunities to meet new people who share similar interests and activities.
- methods to effectively support communities of users who wish to become more self-sufficient.
Does it support Person Centred Planning?
Yes, Bristol & Me will enable all those people involved in an individual’s Person Centred Plan (PCP) to ensure that the person’s stated goals and ambitions are realised and achieved. For those individuals that join Bristol & Me without a PCP it will be a simple task to develop one using the tools within the site. Read about Person Centred Planning.
Does it support independent and moderated use?
Yes: We believe that Bristol & Me is a tool that can support, encourage and develop a person's independence. It is designed to promote a person's self-sufficiency and gives them the confidence to try new things.
Can you build new communities?
Yes: The primary goal of Bristol & Me is to encourage and foster natural friendships, and support communities by bringing people together. Bristol & Me provides people with a place where people can share ideas, stories and experiences and learn from each other by doing so.
How does it benefit Local Authorities and Service Providers?
The role of social care is gradually changing. Bristol & Me is a unique tool that enables an individual, their family and the professionals around them to work closely together to effectively utilise the resources available to them. It gives the individual the opportunity to share resources and find a community-supported solution that could become 'cost free' to the Local Authority.
How does it sit with Education and Transition?
Bristol & Me is a practical alternative to traditional mainstream learning platforms for Special Educational Needs schools. It can help make the transition process seamless and support a young person during their educational years throughout the school or college into adult services.