Vocalise Bristol CIC is a Community Interest Company set up to provide a platform and inspire the residents of Ashley Ward to share their stories and amplify their voices across the community. We are passionate about amplifying and connecting voices across the community and publishing interesting content that matters to local people.
The Ashley Ward area of Bristol encompasses the areas of Montpelier, St Agnes, St Andrews, St Pauls and St Werburghs. It is a hugely creative and diverse area home to fantastic artists, writers and community activists. Vocalise’s main aim is to provide an inclusive space to showcase all that goes on in the community through contributions from the community.
Vocalise provides this platform through the publication of a quarterly community magazine, a website and social media. As well as this, Vocalise has other projects, such as the delivery of citizen journalism workshops and the management of community noticeboards.
Some of our other exciting initiatives include:
- Journalism workshops open to any resident with a story to tell or an interest in finding and sharing local news. We aim to make community journalism accessible and open to anyone.
- Our community fund offers grants to community projects or ideas looking to make a difference in Ashley Ward. This fund is an exciting way Vocalise can help projects get off the ground and help make Ashley an even better place.
- We are collaborating with other local organisations to put on an Ashley Clean Up Day in August where residents can come together to love their streets and make it an even cleaner, safer and friendlier place to live.
- Community business directory and membership initiative encouraging people to shop locally and support local businesses.
- An online jobs board where anyone can post and apply for jobs in the area for free.
If you are interested in any of these projects and want to find out more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we always want to hear from you!
A strong, cohesive community that celebrates diversity – where everyone has a voice and can fully develop their potential.
Inclusive, sustainable, ethically sources, community focused, cooperative, politically neutral, inspirational and fun!
To create a sustainable means of communication for the residents of Ashley Ward in order to strengthen and empower the community so that every person is well informed and able to participate.
History of Vocalise
Vocalise magazine was established two years ago to fill the gap for a high quality resident-led magazine in Ashley Ward. Ashley Ward is an area of North Bristol home to over 18,000 people, stretching from St Pauls in the south to St Werburghs in the north of the area. These areas are some of the most hugely diverse and creative places in Bristol.
Prior to 2015, an organisation called St Pauls Unlimited acted to amplify voices from the community, but unfortunately lost their funding from Bristol City Council. To fill this void, Vocalise was set up so local residents had a platform where they could share community news, find out about what’s happening in the local area and become involved in new projects.
Today, Vocalise prints a quarterly community magazine, hand-distributed to 6,000 homes and businesses, manages community noticeboards and has set up an online presence. We also have other projects and exciting ideas for expansion so we can continue to spark conversation and communication throughout Ashley!
Who are we?
Our organisation is volunteer-led and run. Our management structure consists of people who live and work within the Ashley Ward area.
Hollyanne is the current project co-ordinator for Vocalise. She oversees the articles and design amongst other things.
She graduated with an MA in Publishing and is enjoying all the aspects of Vocalise.
Vandna lives in St Werburghs and manages community outreach and engagement. Vocalise was her idea initially and she continues to help it grow
Kabbo works across Ashley Ward and helps manage events and community engagement
Hilary writes, edits and delivers.
Judith lives in St Pauls and helps manage community engagement and the community noticeboards.
We are also grateful to the following people who have helped our organisation become what it is today:
- Rob Mitchell
- Joanne Mansfield
- Lydia Latham MacQueen
- Dave Holden
- Peter Gifford
The following organisations have been crucial in their support:
Knightstone Housing Association
United Communities Housing Association
Quartet Community Foundation
All our fantastic members, advertisers and sponsors (Why not become one?)
How are we funded?
As a Community Interest Company, any money we make goes directly back into the running costs of Vocalise, as we are a not-for-profit organisation. In order to be sustainable, we are reliant upon advertising, sponsorship, membership and funding grants.
- Advertisers can place adverts in our printed magazine, which is then hand-delivered to 6,000 homes and businesses.
- Sponsors of Vocalise are featured prominently in the magazine
- Members pay a small annual amount to be a close supporter of Vocalise, and in return receive a 10% discount with businesses on our online business directory.