The Mayor's Charities
The Chair of Council/Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Tony Griffiths has chosen the following organisations/groups as his Mayor's Charities for 2020/21, Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and Next Link Domestic Abuse Charity. All money raised during Town Council community events that take place in the town during the year are donated to the Mayor's Charity.
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is the charity-funded air ambulance and critical care service for 2.1 million local people across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and the surrounding areas.
Our crew attend the most serious incidents across the region by helicopter or by one of our two critical care cars.
When someone is seriously ill or injured time is of the essence, and they need expert help fast. This is where we come in.
Within four minutes of a 999 call our aircraft takes off. We work to the Gold Standard Critical Care Model, which means we rush a Critical Care Paramedic and Critical Care Doctor straight to the scene. We arrive no more than 20 minutes later, anywhere in the region. Our average flight time is just 14 minutes.
The service we provide is reliant on our brilliant team of pilots, critical care paramedics, and critical care doctors who specialise in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) and trauma.
From emergency blood transfusions to treating cardiac arrests, or putting a patient under general anaesthetic, it's the skill and dedication of our team that means one patient in five – a patient otherwise expected to die – survives.
We need to raise over £3million a year to stay operational, but despite this we receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery. We rely on people like you. Together we save lives.
Next Link Domestic Abuse Services
Since 2017 we have provided the domestic abuse services across South Gloucestershire. The service has established a reputation for best practice and victim centred support.
This year we have supported 1,266 victims to cope, recover and rebuild their and their children's lives.
All our services are accessed by one telephone number 0800 4700280 or fax and email 8.30-5.30pm Monday-Friday. We also have an out of hour's service. All victims asking for support are offered a relevant service that meets their needs and responds to their immediate safety risks. Callers wanting advice and guidance can access our accredited advice service.
Safe Houses for victims and Families
We have safe houses for victims that need to flee from the perpetrator. Victims can move in immediately and they are given practical and emotional support including staying safe, parenting, lifeskills and finding new housing.
Community and Outreach IDVA Services
Community workers help victims to keep safe in their own home. The support we can offer includes someone to talk things over with, forming a safety plan, making the home safe, help to go to court and get legal protection, help with accessing benefits and budgeting
Identification and Referral to Improve Safety (IRIS)
For many victims of domestic abuse going to see the doctor is the only safe place they can go without their violent partner present. Our specialist workers train and support primary care clinicians to recognise domestic abuse and to refer their patients to our service.
Southmead Hospital IDSVA Service
Often victims who present at A&E disclose high levels of abuse and are still living with their violent partner. They also train health clinicians to recognise the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse to enable them to refer to the service. Support is offered for up to 4 weeks.
This programme is open to all victims aged 16 years and over regardless of if they are using any of our services. The groups focus on both emotional and practical support including; self-esteem, confidence, coping strategies, skills and competencies, building friendship network, independence, ambition.