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

Community Noticeboards

Vocalise Bristol manages the community noticeboards in Ashley Ward, of which there are 24. Management of the boards is comparatively new and work needs to be done to ensure that the boards are regularly updated, maintained and refurbished. We have funding set aside to run a project to redecorate the boards so they are more easily identified as a community asset. We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with updating

Repairs for Free

Words by Hilary Finch Bristol Repair Café has been going now for 4 years and we are proud of our efforts as the idea spreads out to more areas.  Kate Jerrold was responsible for bringing the Dutch idea over and getting it going in Fishponds at All Saints Church.  The original Repair Café was started in Holland by Martin Postma in Amsterdam in 2009. The idea is to keep broken

News from Children's Scrapstore

The Children’s Scrapstore is a Bristol based charity working to improve play opportunities for children and young people. Read on for all their latest news, in their own words! Children’s Scrapstore are happy to be a recipient of the Co-op Local Community Fund! As a Co-op member, every time you shop, you’ll be making a valuable contribution to your community. We will use these funds to develop our Play Room to ensure that local groups,

Book Review: Lyrically Justified (Vol 2)

Lyrically Justified (Vol 2) by Urban Word Collective Review by Ben Fielders (Montpelier) With contributions from several St Pauls-based poets, this poetry anthology is genuinely thought provoking and inspirational. There are 42 poets in total, who build upon the budding talent that was featured in the first volume of this book (same title). Many of the poets touch upon difficult issues and are unafraid to be controversial and provocative. They

Book Review: Kurious

Kurious by Elizabeth Lumley-Smith Review by Chris Myers (St Pauls) Kurios is an illustrated children’s story by a local author that whisks you away to a quaint, magical adventure made all the more brilliant by the illustrations. Kurios – a strange catlike creature – wakes up in a shrunken forest (well, it is actually him that has become giant.) He comes across another peculiar creature, much smaller in size. Together