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New sessions with St Werburghs City Farm!

Are you aged between 18-25 and interested in tackling the rise in loneliness in your age group? This group, from OTR and St Werburghs City Farm, is going to explore the recently reported rise in loneliness in 18-25 year olds and the associated impact on mental health and wellbeing. We will be considering the social […]

Taster sessions in upcoming Hubs!

The OTR Hubs are the front door to our services – you can come along, have a chat, and together we’ll figure out the best next steps. Sometimes that might be signing up to an OTR project or group. In the coming weeks, we’re going to be running ‘taster sessions’ for some of our groups […]

A new year message from OTR!

OTR’s opening times, December 2018

Hey all. OTR takes a bit of downtime over the Christmas / Holiday period and we wanted to give you the details so you know when we’re available. Hubs Our last Hub of 2018 will be Wednesday the 19th December, and they will start up in the new year again from Wednesday 2nd January. Services […]

OTR on loneliness

What is often sold to us as the most wholesome, family focussed and loving time of year can actually be really difficult. Whether it be because our family doesn’t look like the ones we see in adverts and can be tough to spend time with, or because we don’t feel like we fit in with […]

OTR on Children in Need 2018!

We’re going to be on your TV screens this week! We’re super-proud to share that this week, young people from OTR’s Zazi project will be on your screens as part of BBC’s Children in Need programme! BBC Children in Need believes that every child should have a safe, happy secure childhood and the chance to […]

OTR on assertive communication

At OTR, we think that communication is key. Not only to help us to reach out and connect with others, but also to get our basic needs met. One of the key tools to this is something called ‘assertive communication’, or ‘being assertive’. But what does being assertive even mean? Download our zine to explore […]

OTR on normalising death!

Death is something that all of us experience in varying ways, and is a key part of life. It’s absolutely natural, permanent and can even underlie a lot of our worries. So… why do we never talk about it? At OTR we recognise that death is something that brings with it a lot of feelings, often a lot […]

Karen Black announced as new CEO of OTR

Off the Record Bristol (OTR), the mental health social movement by and for young people, are delighted to announced that they have this month appointed Karen Black as their new Chief Executive. Karen steps up from her previous role as Operations Director at OTR, replacing outgoing CEO Simon Newitt, who departed in August after nine […]

5 fun facts about Karen, our new CEO!

OTR recently announced that Karen Black is our new CEO, taking up the position this September.    We want you to get to know Karen a bit better, because she’s totally awesome!      We asked Karen to pick out some fun facts about herself – and after she’d finished cringing at the idea, here’s […]

OTR on community!

Community is one of those words that gets chucked about loads, but is also hard to actually understand what it means. Kind of like ‘wellbeing’, or ‘No, I don’t want any more pizza thanks’. However, at OTR we are firm believers in the power of community! At OTR, a community is when a group of people are brought together because […]

#WELLFEST2018 – Thank you!

OTR hosted its wellbeing festival ‘Wellfest’ for the second year – here’s a glimpse at what happened throughout the day. Thank you to all who came along!