Bristol Crisis Service for Women is a charity. We were set up in 1986, to support women in emotional distress.
We particularly help girls and women who harm themselves (often called self-injury). This is how some people cope with their feelings and problems.
We have carried out a lot of research into the experiences and needs of women who self-injure. As well as helping to shape our own services, this work has also helped people:
We have also written ‘good practice guidelines’ for working with people who self-injure.
Bristol Crisis Service for Women is run by a management group. TESS is staffed by volunteers, who receive full training and support for their work. Volunteers work alongside paid workers in carrying out many aspects of the organisation's work.
We get funding from a wide range of sources, including charitable trusts, central and local government agencies, the Lottery, and individuals. Much of this funding is in the form of one-off grants for specific projects.
We are trying to secure longer-term funding. This will help us to continue our work, expand our services and respond effectively to the increasing need for crisis support in the community.