Bristol BluesBuster Events January 2013

Bristol Blues Buster

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Blue Monday is on its way again – but this year help is at hand!  On Monday 21st January and Friday 25th January 2013 the Bristol Blues Buster events will offer practical support to those facing debt, depression and the search for work.

Researchers have identified the factors that make the third Monday of January the low point of the year.  Mounting debts, crumbling resolutions and a long, long way till summer combine to make Blue Monday a perfect storm of gloom and dejection.  But this year Clean Slate is working with Bristol City Council to organise a Blues Buster event that provides real help with Money, Jobs, Health and Training – a chance to lose the blues and find your feet!

The Bristol Blues Buster event is free and open to all.  It takes place in City Hall (formerly the Council House) on Monday 21st January, and is repeated in North Bristol on Friday 25th at Southmead’s Greenway Centre.  Times are 10am to 3pm, and you can drop in whenever you like and browse the help on offer.

Clean Slate Training & Employment is organising the event, with an impressive team of public, private and voluntary sector partners – and Managing Director Jeff Mitchell is preparing for a good turn-out.  “We could have over 500 people per event,” he says.  “The need is definitely out there, with low and middle income families and those seeking work under real pressure now.”

“The idea for the Bristol Blues Buster,” Jeff says, “is to make Blue Monday a turning point, the moment when you start to get on top of your problems rather than letting them get on top of you.  We’ve broken the difficulties down into four areas and then brought together the organisations who can offer real, practical help in Money, Jobs, Health and Training.  And it’s not just an exercise in morale and motivation.  I want people to realize they’re not alone with their problems – there’s help out there and, crucially, there are ways that you can help yourself.”

The Blues Buster events are free, and open to everyone!



Monday 21st January 2013 10am-3pm
City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR

Friday 25th January 2013 10am-3pm
The Greenway Centre, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5PY


Workshops Running throughout the day include:

10:15am to 11:15 am Learning Communities Team Course Tasters.
11:15 am to 12 noon Learning Communities Team Course Tasters.

1:15pm to 2:00pm  Clean Slate Workshop 'See yourself through employers' eyes'
2:00pm to 3:00pm Clean Slate C.V. workshop

Register: You can register with Clean Slate before or after the events by completing this short Aspirations Survey Here

Facebook: Please support the events with a 'Like' and a 'Share' so we can make sure as many people as possible can come along and benefit from the event!

Listen: BBC Radio Bristol - The Saturday Surgery with Phil Hammond this Saturday between 10.30 and 11.30 - we'll be talking about the upcoming events!

Sign Up for a course: You can now sign up to to a series of Clean Slate 'Prepare for Work' workshops supported by Community Learning West which start next week:

The course is free and will include: The Clean Slate Aspirations Survey, CV scoring, “You’re the boss”, CV building, PC skills, how to make a high quality application, personal presentation and interviewing, and job search skills.
The course starts on Thursday January 24th (1pm-5pm) and will run every Thursday for 5 weeks at Brave, The Couch House, St, Pauls.

If you're interested in signing up for this course which starts next week, please email Steve Andrews on Spaces are limited, so book in asap!


We look forward to welcoming you to these events in January ~ Come in out of the cold and revive yourself for the New Year!


Posted on 19th December 2012 by Andy Waitt