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Family Mediation Services -  
Is a collective group of experienced and FMA qualified independent Mediators, with a range of previous experience in therapeutic and legal professions.  

FMA generally work from home or offices to suit your requirements and try wherever possible to keep costs to an absolute minimum.  FMA provides help for couples and families experiencing relationship breakdown, separation and divorce. 

Family Mediation is a positive way to resolve issues arising from the above, especially concerning looking after your children, financial support, sharing money and assets, and what happens to your home.  Mediation is good value for money, and can be much less costly than many of the alternatives - mediation is provided for free if you are eligible for legal aid. 

Services cover Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Bath and North East Somerset with offices in central Bristol - 0117 330 5703

Progressive Mediation -

Progressive Mediation provides family mediation for separating couples. Progressive Mediation helps couples deal with the complex issues arising after breakup, including residence and contact arrangements for their children, how to continue to communicate as parents after separation and property and financial disputes.

Family mediation for unmarried or married couples can help to avoid the large costs of going to court and the increased acrimony that court proceedings often cause.

The first meeting with each person on their own is to tell you a bit more about mediation and how it might help you and to find out a bit more about your situation so that an informed decision can be made about whether mediation will help.

The first meeting does not cost anything. If you decide to proceed to mediation with Progressive Mediation the charges are £50 each per session and sessions usually last an hour.

On Progressive Mediation’s website they have information about the mediation process, what you need to think about when dividing up the finances and tips on how to parent after separation.

Based in St. Andrews, just off the Gloucester Road in Bristol - 0117 924 3880 / 07889 039393


Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) -

Single Parent Action Network (formally One Space) offers online information, advice and support for all single parents.  Their team of experts offers confidential personal advice on CSA, family law, benefits and more.  Their forum is friendly and fun and there is support from parenting specialists too.  SPAN provide online learning courses including Assertiveness, Domestic Abuse and Ways into Work and you can find all sorts of other information too including low cost holidays recommended by single parents for single parents and When your ex takes you to Court. - 0117 951 4231


Avon Relate -
Relate Avon is a member of the Relate Federation and has provided services in the areas of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire for over 60 years. 0117 942 8444

Network Counselling -
Network Counselling is staffed by professional counsellors who volunteer their time to provide an affordable counselling service to the people of Bristol and surrounding areas. No one is turned away through lack of ability to pay. They offer a welcoming, safe and confidential space where people can be listened to, accepted and understood; where they can be supported in exploring the problems they face and finding their own way forward. 0117 950 7271

The Bridge Foundation -
Counselling and Psychotherapy for individuals, families, children and couples. Qualified, accredited and experienced staff have been providing high quality confidential services in Bristol since 1984. Based in Cotham, Bristol - 0117 942 4510


Bristol Child Contact Centre -

Bristol Child Contact Centre, in Henleaze, Bristol, is a neutral, safe and impartial place where the children can meet with their parents or other relatives they no longer live with after relationship breakdown.

Child Contact Centres can provide different level of support during the contact. BCCC offers supported Contact Service only, not supervised. This means that family contacts are monitored on a group basis and not with one-to-one supervision.

Families can also use this service as a hand over point.

There is no charge to parents for this service after the initial £20 referral fee is paid online to our parent body NACCC

BCCC does not take sides, nor do they offer counselling or mediation.  The part they play is to put into practice agreements that have been made elsewhere, e.g. in family mediation, via solicitors, or the Family Courts.  Please note that all requests to use their service, regardless of the originator, must go through the secure online referral system, details of which are provided on their website. 07511 290505​


TRC Therapy Centre -
The TRC Therapy Centre exists to help children and young people recover from trauma, supporting them as they piece their lives back together.  Therapy takes place in group or individual sessions.  Trauma symptoms can include: anxiety, depression or low mood, nightmares, panic attacks, being withdrawn, angry outbursts, behaviour challenges, self harm, eating problems, day dreaming, problems at schoo with teachers and peers.  The TRC Therapy Centre works with clients from age 3 up to 25 years. Based in Bristol & Bath - 01225 482200


CAP (Christians Against Poverty) -

CAP is a national charity, working across the UK to lift people out of debt.  They offer free debt counselling through a network of 233 debt centres based in local churches.  Each year they help 20,000 people find their way out of debt.  They work out fair budgets, negotiate with creditors and can take people through insolvency procedures, so there is always an answer.  They also run CAP Money Courses which teach you how to budget, save and prevent debt and have recently launched Job Clubs

Bristol is covered by a few centres including Bristol North West Debt Centre in Sea Mills and Bristol North East Debt Centre in Downend.  To book an appointment call FREEPHONE 0800 328 0006 or 01274 760720 or look on their website to find your nearest CAP Debt Help Centre or Money Course run from various locations in and around Bristol.

North Bristol Advice Centre -

Provides free and independent advice and support in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. 

They specialise in Welfare Benefits and Debt advice, including representation at tribunal, and can provide basic housing and employment advice but for more complex queries will signpost you to organisations that can help. They run Money Smart courses offering practical support through group workshops, one to one mentoring and IT drop in sessions  Advice appointments are available across the area every week and they provide advice online or by telephone too. - 0117 951 5751

Talking Money (formally Bristol Debt Advice Centre) -

Provides free, independent debt advice, energy advice and financial education.  A registered charity, who are dedicated to helping people out of financial hardship and on with their lives.  Based in St. Phillips, Bristol - 0117 954 3990

Local Citizens Advice Bureaus – Bristol -
Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau is an independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues, helping with most everyday problems from employment to housing and debt. Before using the service please visit the national website, where you will find information about all the main areas of advice including: Benefits, Debt, Housing, Employment, Consumer, Family, etc.
If you still need information or advice, you can attend a ‘drop-in’ at our Bristol Advice Point. You will have a short gateway assessment interview which explores your enquiry and assesses what your advice needs are. 

North Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau -

Bath & North East Somerset Citizens Advice Bureau -

National Association of Child Contact Centres -
A Child Contact Centre is a safe, friendly and neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents and sometimes other family members. The NACCC supports over 350 such centres, including 3 in Bristol. Note: it is not possible to approach a contact centre directly, you need to be referred either by the Court, CAFCASS or a solicitor.

Families Need Fathers, Bristol Branch -
FNF Bristol is one of a number of branches within the UK run by volunteers who, in the main, have experienced difficulty sustaining a meaningful relationship with their child(ren) for a variety of reasons. FNF Bristol meets regularly in Bristol and Bath and provides a number of local services to those in Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

K2 -
K2 is a network of single Christians from Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas; it has been set up to help single Christians meet other single Christians, they arrange monthly socials & other events.

Meetup, Bristol -

Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups.  Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organise a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.  More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.  The above link will take you to the website where you can search for various Bristol groups including Bristol & Bath Single Parents.

Bristol Grandparents Support Group -
There are over one million children in the UK denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency, domestic violence, bereavement or family feud. If this affects you, please contact The Bristol Grandparents Support Group who can help.

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