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Megawatt Community Energy Fund – Large and Small Grants

The new Megawatt Community Energy Fund has been set-up to use profit from Bristol Energy Cooperative’s business activity to encourage and support more community action on reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere, and/or making energy more affordable, e.g. through focused fuel poverty initiatives. Bristol Energy Cooperative is working with Quartet Community Foundation to administer this Fund. Opening Date: 1st August 2017 , 11:00 am Closing Date: 26th September 2017 ,

Police Helicopter Wakes Residents

The noise of a police helicopter and sirens woke up many Ashley Ward residents in the early hours of Friday morning on July 27th 2017. Jules Shakor, of City Road, wrote to Vocalise saying: “I was in the middle of the most beautiful dream when I heard this tremendous racket. It turned out to be some cop helicopter circling around the area, with sirens going back and forth. It sounded

Neighbourhood Planning Forum

St Pauls and Ashley Ward as a whole has no neighbourhood planning forum. Why is this important? Because currently residents have little or no say over developments and other things happening in their area – allowing private interests with no local connections to disregard the needs and wishes of local people to make maximum profit for themselves. A Neighbourhood Planning Forum would allow:- For the old St Pauls Neighbourhood Plan,

The Network Project are Recruiting!

The Network Project is a new project that seeks to build inclusive and natural networks to reduce disadvantage and inequality, improve health and wellbeing and increase resilience in Lawrence Hill, Easton and Ashley. it is delivered in partnership by the Bristol Somali Resource Centre, Barton Hill Settlement, St Werburghs City Farm and Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, funded by Bristol City Council Impact Fund. We are currently recruiting three people that

Community Journalism Workshops

Would you like to know more about journalism? From September 2017, Vocalise will be running a series of community journalism workshops for local residents. The workshops will be delivered in partnership with the Bristol Cable and Open Democracy Foundation. Participants will learn how to interview people, do reporting, use modern journalism tools, and cover a range of issues. At the end, we aim to host a network of community journalists

Community Diamonds

Vocalise is currently searching for community diamonds – people who are able to spend some of their free time helping with community events, searching out amazing stories, building partnerships, and engaging with residents. Are you a diamond? Please get in touch!

Vocalise Drop-in Sessions

Vocalise now holds regular drop-in sessions for people with ideas for content, queries, or general information. The sessions are held on the Second Saturday of each month in the St Pauls Learning Centre cafe from 11am-1pm. Look out for the person wearing a Vocalise t-shirt and notebook!

The Ashley Network - let's make things happen!

The Ashley Network is about coming together and making things happen. It is a valuable bi-monthly event for residents, emerging from the legacy of Imagine St Pauls. The aim is of the Network is primarily to facilitate spontaneous connections and conversations between groups and individuals. There is no specific agenda. Each week, it is hosted by a different group or organisation, who may also provide the venue or alternatively work with

Vocalise are looking for noticeboard volunteers

Vocalise is looking for volunteers to help us update and maintain the community noticeboards in Ashley ward. Community noticeboards form an important communication mechanism for residents and can also boost the appearance of an area. These noticeboards are a great way of keeping the community engaged and informed, and your contribution can really make a difference. If you do have some free time, please do get involved in this initiative.