February 2018

St Werburghs City Farm Launches Urgent Appeal

St Werburghs City Farm has launched an urgent appeal this morning to raise £20,000 by the end of March. Due to cuts to funding, they are raising money to help care for the animals and to keep the farm free and accessible for all. Some of the money this appeal will raise will also go towards a new seedling social enterprise, providing back to work and training and education and

Five people arrested and suspected drugs, cash and weapons seized in Bristol

Five people arrested and suspected drugs, cash and weapons seized in Bristol Our work to reduce the harm caused by drugs in east and central parts of Bristol continued last week, when we arrested five people, issued dispersal notices and recovered cash, weapons and drugs. On Thursday, February 21, officers carried out two misuse of drugs act warrants at separate properties in Argyle Road in St Pauls. At the first

Bristol Energy launches fund to tackle fuel poverty - right now in Bristol, 1 in every 8 households is in fuel poverty.

Today is fuel poverty awareness day. Why does that matter? Because right here, right now in Bristol, 1 in every 8 households is in fuel poverty*. Fuel poverty is widespread, and it is estimated that cold homes cost the NHS £3.6m per day**. Reduce fuel poverty and not only can we make people healthier, we can also take huge pressure of our health services. Helping to address fuel poverty was

Introducing The Grow Group

  The Grow Group is an exciting new initiative bringing together refugees and students in Bristol through planting and caring for a community garden in St Pauls. Set up by Bristol University’s Student Action for Refugees (STAR) and Roots Community Gardening Societies, the project aims to cultivate, not only a garden, but also social integration,  wellbeing and an inclusive space for talking and sharing. This collaborative project will be based

Events and Initiatives

As a community organisation, Vocalise Bristol runs events and initiatives in response to the needs and wishes of the local community. Examples of these include:- Community journalism workshops (partnered with other media organisations), which get people into journalism and provides a way for them to directly contribute to Vocalise magazine. Providing small grants to local community initiatives (funded by way of our Bristol Impact Fund grant). Organising regular ‘pop in’

Litter Picking and Tree Planting

Vocalise Bristol have secured funding to run litter picking projects and tree planting projects. We are excited about joining together different communities within Ashley Ward to take care of our surroundings.

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

We work with the University of Bristol and the University of West of England to provide a paid internship scheme and volunteer placements for recent graduates within the Vocalise Bristol offices. Internships can be shaped according to the skills of the intern, we provide opportunities to develop writing and journalism skills, social media and online marketing skills, graphic design and photography skills as well as project coordination and community engagement

Local Business Directory and Membership Scheme

Vocalise Bristol runs a local business directory and membership initiative. The local business directory is free to join for local businesses and organisations, we will share their businesses information online, in return they offer 10% discount to Vocalise Members. Vocalise Members will have pledged £6 pound a year to support the magazine, the membership scheme will enable the magazine to be sustainable in the long term. Both these projects encourage

Vocalise Magazine

Vocalise magazine is printed quarterly and goes to all residents and businesses in St Pauls, Montpelier and St Werburghs. The magazine features information on upcoming events, local initiatives, community reporting, and lots more. We celebrate the creativity and diversity of the area and welcome contributions from all residents. Vocalise magazine contains adverts and sponsored pages from local businesses and organisations, if you would like to advertise in the magazine please