How will I stay healthy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you leave care, you will receive a health passport which will help you to understand your health information and where to access help.

 

You will receive a final appointment with the Looked After Children Nurse when you are 17 when you will learn how to access health services and health records.

 

Remember that your Personal Advisors can help you find and use/get an appointment with the right health services.

 

Below are some of the ways that your Personal Adviser can support you to stay healthy and look after yourself:

 

  • Support you to register with a GP.
  • Give you information on getting help to pay for prescriptions, glasses and dental health costs.

  • Give you help with transport costs when attending health appointments.

  • Give you information about counselling services that are available locally and support you to move from children’s services to adult services.

  • Give you information about health drop-in centres.

  • Work with you to develop a ‘health passport’ containing key information from your childhood (for example, when and if you have had immunisations) and your current health needs.

  • Give you information about exceptional clothing payments if you are in need of extra money for clothes such as a winter coat, shoes, warm clothing or maternity clothing.

 

You will receive a final appointment with the Looked After Children nurse when you are 17, when you will learn how to access health services and health records.

Remember that your Personal Advisors can help you find and use/get an appointment with the right health services.

 

It is important to look after your mental health as well as you physical health.  Being connected to other people can really help with your mental health and feeling lonely and isolated can make you feel unmotivated and low.  Care leavers have identified loneliness and isolation as being on the major problems in their lives.  With this in mind Barnardo's has started a Befriending Service

The role of leaving care Befriender can have a positive impact on the future of Bristol’s Care Leaver.  A Befriendner can help a Care Leavers face challenges in all aspects of life ranging from practical life skills to employment, education and particularly isolation. The aim of this project  is to provide companionship  and support to young people leaving care, helping them to improve well-being, self-confidence and independence. The volunteer befriender and care leaver will meet on a regular basis and  offer support, reassurance and encouragement to access social, community and leisure activities. 

The befriender can help care leavers to have the confidence to make choices about opportunities available to them and encourage social activities to establish a healthy lifestyle. Having a befriender can encourage young people to explore new situations and environments. The scheme can give a care leaver the opportunity to talk about their challenges and concerns as well as their hopes and aspirations and help them build on their personal coping strategies.

If you want to know please contact Liz Small at liz.small@barnardos.org.uk or ring 0117 9580320

If you have specific health concerns, you can contact the following services:

 

  • Mental Health Services – Off the Record, telephone: 0808 808 9120, email: confidential@otrbristol.org.uk, text: 07896 880 011
  • Drugs services (17 years and under) - Drugs and Young People Project (ask your Personal Advisor to make a referral) Telephone: 0117 3772997
  • Drugs services (18 years and over) – Bristol ROADS (request the transitions service) email: roads@bdp.org.uk, telephone: 0117 987 6000
  • Sexual Health services – www.4ypbristol.co.uk/your-local-services
  • Relationships – Bristol Against Violence and Abuse: www.bava.org.uk