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Because we know how much you like to get involved, The Galleries has an action packed calendar of events throughout the year. Here’s looking at what’s coming up…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – so the song says, and at The Galleries, Bristol you’ll be jingling all the way to Christmas with our fun-packed calendar of FREE festive events for the whole family. With the kid’s having the opportunity to be as creative (read:messy) as they like and you not having to endure the clean-up operation afterwards, it’s a win, win situation all round.

Every weekend from 18 November – 23 December and every weekday, the week before Christmas you’ll find lots of opportunities for the kids join the fun! They can hone their creative skills in our craft workshops, get cooking up a Christmas storm in the kitchen with Mrs Claus and give us their expert opinion on the season’s top toys.  

Read on to find out more…

Get winning this gorgeous bedding from Julian Charles

COMPETITION TIME!

With the nights drawing in and the days a little gloomy, there’s no better place to be, than snuggled up in bed! Better still, a FRESH new bed!

To celebrate the launch of their new Autumn collection, Julian Charles have given us a bedding bundle worth £120 from the new Ava range to give away! The prize includes a beautiful Ava Bird double duvet cover worth £50, a pair of housewife pillowcases worth £16, a pair of oxford pillowcases worth £18, a boudoir cushion, worth £18 and a square cushion worth £18.

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Christmas Launch at The Entertainer

Saturday 14th October

Join the team at the Entertainer for a day of fun as they get set for Christmas. With lots of fun, prizes to be won, and the launch of their charity appeal, it’s sure to be a great day!

Create your own at The Entertainer

Have you a little fan of Paw Patrol, Marvel, TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, Spongebob, WWE or Starwars in your midst. We’ve got the perfect present in mind! Introducing #CreateYourOwn at The Entertainer. Create a unique gift for your little one featuring their favourite characters from all these and lots more, online at https://createyourown.thetoyshop.com/index.php

Halloween Hocus Pocus
11am- 4pm, Thursday 26th October – Saturday 28th October 2017

Bring the little ones to get in the spirit of Halloween at our FREE fun workshops this half term. Keeping them amused for a whole week can be a messy and mind boggling affair, so we’re saving you the organisation and mass clean-up operation, with THREE DAYS of FREE spooktacular fun. >>

Halloween Warehouse NOW OPEN

Oh yes! You heard us right! Fun Warehouse – our award winning fancy dress, balloon and party shop has opened a whole new store dedicated to all things Halloween!

Stocking a heap of seriously spooky costumes, awesome accessories, monstrous make-up, scarily realistic special effects and devilish decorations, it’s your one stop shop for your Halloween party prep.

If you’re terrified at the prospect of going all out this Halloween, the team are on hand with advice on how to create the most convincing costume or putting on the most petrifying party. Plus they will be hosting a series of workshops and demos with a qualified make up artist in the run up to Halloween. Follow the Fun Warehouse Facebook page @LoveFunWarehouse  to find out more.

Halloween Warehouse is open seven days a week – from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays, with extended opening times in the run up to Halloween.

Pavers

Autumn is stirring and the nights are drawing in which only means one thing. It’s time to indulge in new season style and treat our feet to tempting new designs. Take each step in comfort and don’t let the cool weather get you down because Pavers ‘boot’-iful Autumn Winter collection is here!

We love loafers and this season they are the style to be seen in. From flat to wedge, tassel to bow they really have it all. Indulge in patent shine or show your wild side with croc effect designs, these fab flats can be worn for smart events or every day, providing that effortless style with ease.

Faux fur is here to keep that chill at bay this Autumn Winter. Beat the breeze with wedge heels and suede buckle straps and feel glamorous and stylish whatever the weather. From pretty cuffs to fully lined, your feet will be toasty and comfortable all winter long. 

From ankle to knee-high, biker to cowboy there’s something for everyone. Indulge in rich deep colours from classic black, subtle grey or try the trend of the season – two-tone, in burnt orange, navy and tan. Complete with wrap around straps and chunky buckles, you will be spoilt for choice with each step you take, whether you pick trend-led heritage styling or simple everyday comfort. 

It’s all about the heel this year from block to stacked to stiletto and it’s time to touch the sky. Party season will be here in a flash so add a little lift to those special occasions with our wide array of breath-taking heels to be treasured. Be the belle of the ball with delicate sparkles and classic, elegant designs. 

At Pavers you can find your perfect autumn winter style for great value, with discounts of at least 30% off RRP!  

Get Bristol talking about mental health

Monday 18th September sees the launch of a new campaign called We Hear You to get people in Bristol talking about mental health and raise awareness of The Sanctuary, a unique service in the city for people experiencing emotional distress.

The Sanctuary, run by charity St Mungo’s, was opened in April 2015 and is commissioned as part of Bristol Mental Health services. Unlike many services, The Sanctuary is open weekend nights from 7pm until 1:30am. 

Over each weekend an average of 20 people visit The Sanctuary, but staff want to ensure others know about this vital service before they reach crisis point.

According to the latest statistics from Public Health England, the rate of death by suicide in Bristol is above the three year average for the South West and for England, with 12.8 deaths by suicide per 100,000 people. (England 10.1 and South West 11). The City Council’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment states there were 137 suicides in Bristol between 2012 and 2014. 

St Mungo’s has partnered with sports and leisure provider, Everyone Active, Cabot Circus and The Galleries to place adverts in premises across Bristol encouraging people to get in touch with The Sanctuary if they need to talk. 

Richard Popp, Sanctuary Manager, said: “Three out of four people who visit The Sanctuary are considering suicide or serious self-harm. We want people to know we are here for them. The Sanctuary is a welcoming safe space available for anyone feeling they can’t cope or are feeling desperate over the weekends. We help people find some stability and a plan to stay safe. People can spend time talking through their situation with a trained worker, or just take some breathing time.” 

“Many people, particularly men, tend to avoid talking about their feelings until things become a crisis and we hope this campaign will inform people to use the service before they reach breaking point. We’d like to thank our partners Everyone Active, Cabot Circus and The Galleries who are helping us to reach more people and let them know we are here.”

Shaun began visiting the Sanctuary in December 2016 after two serious attempts at taking his own life. He still occasionally uses the service. He said: “I thought the pain I was suffering mentally couldn’t be alleviated and so the only way out was to take my life. I thought if nothing could stop the pain there’d be no point in seeking help. It was relentless, I could only sleep for an hour or two, and sleep was the only break I got from my dark and painful thoughts. 

“It was wonderful to come to The Sanctuary, to stay as long as I needed to and meet friendly people; with the combination of talking to people and counselling I left The Sanctuary feeling ‘ok’ and with a realisation that there was something  that could alleviate the pain. I lost my suicidal thoughts and had, now, a little bit of hope from which I could build my recovery.”

Colin Lang, Centre Manager at The Galleries says: “We’re proud to be supporting such a worthwhile service in the centre of Bristol. There can still be such a stigma attached to mental health issues, that sufferers feel that they have nowhere to go. Services such as these are vital for eliminating the stigma and providing sufferers with the confidential help and support they need.”

How to get in touch with The Sanctuary

Open Friday – Monday, from 7pm until 1:30am. 

To book your space call 0117 954 2952. Text: 07709 295 661. Phone lines open at 5pm.

Email: awp.bmhsanctuary@nhs.net. 

How to show your support for We Hear You Campaign

  • Join the conversation on twitter by following @StMungos using #WeHearU
  • Share the campaign image attached with your contacts
  • Don’t be afraid to talk about mental health
  • Take notice of your family, friends and colleagues – are they ok?
  • If you would like stickers for your workplace please email: jo.lenny@mungos.org.
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