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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

Saving St Pauls Library

The Community Library in St Pauls, currently part of St Pauls Learning Centre on Grosvenor Road, is now in danger of closing. The Council have planned to close over half of Bristol’s libraries, part of a wider drive to cut costs because of Government austerity. Vocalise visited the library and spoke with the librarian there, who informed us that local people are reliant upon it both for using books and

HELP SAVE ST PAUL’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

The iconic St Paul’s Adventure Playground is set to undergo major refurbishments over the next couple of months and will be re-launched with an exciting new focus on children’s play, community arts, outdoor learning, and traditional crafts workshops. Local leaders in the field The APE Project were chosen by Bristol City Council to take over the Adventure Playground during their 10th anniversary year, as they celebrate a decade of success

FREE Cycle Parking for Community Groups and Businesses

Cycling charity Life Cycle UK is offering community groups and small businesses in Bristol the chance to apply for FREE cycle stands, thanks to funding from Bristol City Council. Why install cycle parking? Encourage employees and visitors to travel the healthy way by giving them safe cycle parking. Increase customer footfall whilst helping to reduce road congestion and pollution. Landlords can avoid bike-related wear-and-tear by installing the stands outside their

Volunteer at Bristol Disability Equality Forum

Bristol Disability Equality Forum is an independent group that is run by and for disabled people.  We are based at St Paul’s Learning Centre on Grosvenor Road, but our members live all over the city. We are looking for disabled people to volunteer for a new project.  The Peer Support Project aims to support people who need to go to disability benefit assessments by providing a volunteer to go too.