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Free flu jabs for carers

As we move into Autumn, local charity Carers Support Centre are keen to remind unpaid carers that they are entitled to a free flu jab.  It is an unpredictable virus that can cause mild or unpleasant illness in most people. However, it can cause severe illness and even death among vulnerable groups.  “The seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and the person you care for from the influenza virus,” explains Ann Tolaini, GP Carers Liaison Manager at Carers Support Centre. 

AF&RS welcomes new law that means stronger jail sentences for attacks on emergency service staff

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has welcomed news that those who attack or assault emergency service workers will receive longer jail terms. The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, which received Royal Assent yesterday (13/09), will see the maximum prison sentence for a common assault where the victim is an emergency service or NHS worker double from six to 12 months. The law means courts will consider more serious assaults committed against emergency workers as an

Bristol’s Better Food takes a further step in the Refill Revolution

Better Food has installed a 41-product packaging-free wall, dispensing cereals, grains, pulses, seeds, nuts and dried fruit, in its largest store in St Werburghs. This extends the range of packaging-free items available to over 80. The store already offered self-serve products as diverse as eggs, fruit and vegetables, wine, tea, household cleaners, soaps and hair-care products. ‘The main reason for installing this packaging-free wall,’ says Lucy Gatward, Better Food’s Marketing

Free courses for community businesses and social enterprises

Are you a community business or social enterprise who would welcome some practical, hands-on support to help boost your enterprise? Do you have a great business idea which will help to create positive change in your community? Applications are now open for free courses in Bristol run by the School of Entrepreneurs (SSE), for social and community enterprises. Ready to start your social enterprise business? Applications for the Start-Up Programme, a fully funded 7-day course, spread over 5

A chance for young people to take over the Arnolfini

  If you’ve ever wanted to get in the spotlight, this is your chance to do so. Kickstart your creative career, upgrade your profile, Instagram follows, and make your mother proud! Creative Youth Network offers 16-25 year olds the once in a lifetime opportunity to audition your individual talent in their super show. Whether a poet or a DJ, a dancer or a comedian, they want to hear from you. The young stars will

Free Recovery Festival at St Agnes Park

This year the free festival is on Friday, 7th September from midday til 6pm, at St Agnes Church and Park in St Pauls, Bristol. Recovery Festival is the South West’s free community festival, showcasing and celebrating the achievements and talents of people in recovery from problematic use of alcohol and other drugs. Featuring live music and theatre, art workshops, circus skills, yoga classes and alternative therapies. The Recovery Festival is a family-friendly event, with entertainment and activities for

Carriageworks Community Consultation Day: Have Your Say on the Cultural Plan

PG Group and Willis Newson are inviting people living in St Pauls, Stokes Croft, Montpellier, Redland, Kingsdown, Broadmead and Cotham to find out about possible arts, heritage, cultural activities and enterprise opportunities there are for the ground floor of the redeveloped Carriageworks and Westmoreland House and to share your thoughts and ideas.  The buildings have been derelict since the 1980s and have been purchased for development by Bristol based developers

Are You Registered To Vote?

Don’t lose your vote – make sure you’re registered to vote   Here’s all you need to know: The council wants to make sure that as many citizens as possible have registered to vote, as those who aren’t registered quite simply will be unable to vote and may find difficulty in obtaining a bank account or credit. It’s a legal requirement to register to vote and citizens could face a

Avon Fire and Rescue warns people of Bristol to take care in hot weather

  Everyone is currently enjoying one of the warmest Summers in memory, but this glorious weather is not without risks. Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are raising an important safety message following a period of prolonged dry, hot weather conditions which has led to an increase in outdoor fires. Throughout July, AF&RS were called to 417 outdoor fires, including grass, trees, bushes and rubbish, compared to just 179 during

Women’s basketball tournament brings police and communities together

We all know that sport can bring people together. Just look at how the country united behind England’s football team at the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer. With this in mind, Avon and Somerset Police are using sport to engage with our communities through a number of initiatives running this summer which they hope will make them more visible and connected to local communities. Last week, Avon and