30th Anniversary of Crimestoppers

This year is the 30th anniversary of Crimestoppers, and they are celebrating 30 years of providing an anonymous crime reporting service. Crimestoppers is a charitable organisation that provides an anonymous service where you can report a crime, without going to the police. If you know something about a crime, but don’t want to go directly to the police, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and they will listen

Plans for Landlord Licensing

ACORN, the Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now, is campaigning for an extension to the licensing of private landlords in the city of Bristol. Bristol City Council are consulting on whether to bring in a license for landlords renting out shared housing in Bristol. This would mean that those renting out Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) would need to undertake more checks on the safety and state of shared

Micro:bits in Bristol Libraries

Bristol Libraries have been given 270 pocket-sized computers to loan out, courtesy of the Micro:bit foundation. The Micro:bit gives users the chance to learn simple coding and programming. This can lead to all sorts of practical applications from games to robots to musical instruments and everything in between! Kate Murray, Head of Libraries said: “It is very exciting to have Micro:bits available at our libraries for people to use. We

Free money to help YOUR community project!

Vocalise Bristol CIC have a total of £2000 available to the community of Montpelier, St Pauls and St Werburghs to support their community projects over the next year! We can support you with the costs for materials, tools and space hire. We will be giving out grants of up to £500 to 1 or 2 community projects every 3 months.  Applications for round 1 open from now until 11th May ‘18. Applications

Thousands Braved Bristol Weather to Celebrate International Women’s Day

3,000 women braved the snow and travel disruptions on Saturday 3 March to attend a Bristol Women’s Voice (BWV) event celebrating International Women’s Day. The event took place at City Hall and audiences enjoyed more than 40 free events that included talks on Suffrage history, debates, performances and workshops, with many events standing room only. A highlight from the day was BWV Wonderful Women’s Award, which celebrated over 50 women

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

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

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

Eyes of the TIGER

TIGER (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect) is a Montpelier-based workers cooperative that runs gender education workshops across Bristol. In light of the recent #MeToo campaign, they are encouraging schools to prioritize developing strategies that will put a stop to sexism and sexual harassment for young people. “Challenging the cultural scripts on identity and gender and teaching about the importance of consent to young people is the only true way

Local Artist: Barbara Disney

Barbara Disney is a Bristol-based visual artist with many years of experience running participatory art and public projects in health and community settings across Bristol. She is currently working in St Pauls Learning Centre running printmaking and textiles workshops and at St Pauls Nursery School and Children’s Centre facilitating Wellbeing Arts Courses. Describe your practice. I have 30 years’ experience of working within the arts as a practitioner of socially