In 1942 City Councillor Mr EG Anderson opened the ‘Old People Enquiry Bureau’ in Central Hall, Bristol. The bureau opened on Wednesday afternoons to offer advice on housing, pensions and ‘coal, food and the necessities of life’.

The idea for a Home Help service in Bristol may have come from a Regional Welfare Committee meeting held in September 1942, when Mr Inglish described a scheme employing five women ‘to do whatever jobs seemed needed’ to help older people remain at home.

In 1957 Andrew Urquhart (pictured below) was appointed chair of the Bristol Older People’s Welfare (Brunelcare’s original name) and used his first meeting to declare that ‘the future of old people’s welfare lay principally in housing’.

Andrew Urquhart of BOPW

 

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