KWHA news

Sept 2020

We have an exciting new project underway! Working in collaboration with local youth groups, we plan to set up a woodland space in our allotment suitable for Forest School sessions and other therapeutic nature activities. Through this project we aim to support young people who are struggling with their mental health. We hope to do this by helping them to form connections with each other and with nature. For more details and to help support this project, please click the link below to our funding page. We are hugely grateful for any support!

With thanks and we hope your are all keeping safe and well!


Knowle West Health Association Counselling Service Update:

Another project that is needed now more than ever is our FREE counselling service. We have been able to continue this service remotely with our fantastic volunteers. The counselling service started in 2015 when our Manager Rhianan set up the service as a placement starting with no funding -1 counsellor and 3 clients! This has now grown to 12 counsellors seeing 3 clients each a week- completely free and long term rather than a few weeks. All our counsellors are volunteers and either qualified or students on placement and are all still ethically continuing conducting their weekly client sessions by phone or Zoom.

We do have a waiting list but please do send an email:

or call/text: 07340 079316 if you wish to be added to it.

Rachel our wonderful Counselling Coordinator will assist with your queries.

We hope you are all keeping safe and well,

Kindest regards

From us all at KWHA

Statement from Knowle West Health Association:

We are sad to announce that we will be temporarily putting all our groups on hold until further notice due to the Coronavirus official advice from the government this week. we have also made the difficult move to close the office and work from home to do our part to social distance. There will be attendance by a few staff members on a weekly basis to check messages , emails and to contact our most vulnerable to check in. While this is a time to social distance as a life saving measure for those most vulnerable in society we also want to be able to serve the community, so we have been able to continue the counselling service by telephone/Skype which is so important at such a challenging time for those with depression and isolation already. We will also be ensuring the most vulnerable among those we engage with in our groups are supported. We want to also work with our neighbouring organisations to offer support and will do this to the best of our capacity. For now we would like to say – stay safe, and take care of those you have around you that are most in need, we all need to pick up a dust pan and brush each and do what we can but also not burn out as this will be a marathon and not a race and we must all preserve energy between us. One thing that can manifest from the fear and panic and overload of information is the sharing of unconfirmed medical advice. It is well meant but please ensure that whatever you share is official guidance so we can be helpful not harmful. For any enquiries over the coming weeks please email or call 01179639569 and we will pick up messages and get back to you as soon as possible. Wishing you care and safety until we are all back on track again- which we will be.

Kindest regards

Rhianan Lowes – Manager , Knowle West Health Association

Welcome to the Knowle West Health Association website.

We are a voluntary organisation working to promote, protect and preserve good health and wellbeing  in and around Knowle West.

We offer a range of projects and services to support physical and mental well being, these are primarily plot to plate healthy eating with food grown at our allotment and cooked up in cookery sessions in our community kitchen.  We also provide a free counselling service – please browse around this site to find more details.

With Thanks to our funders;

  • Tudor Trust
  • Henry Smith
  • John James
  • BYCA
  • Van Neste Foundation
  • Merchant Venturers
  • Bristol City Council




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