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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,

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

Befriending in Bristol

Words by Peter Mcnamee Part of Barnardo’s Befriending service is to help Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers Children (UASC) feel welcomed and safe in a new city. We befriend the young person, show them around the city, the places of worship, leisure centres and shopping areas. About 18 months ago, I started to befriend a young man from Afghanistan who had travelled from his homeland via Europe over a period of 6

Vocalise Journalism Workshops

Between October-December 2017, Vocalise ran 7 journalism workshops for people living in Ashley Ward to get involved with journalism outlets across Bristol. The workshops were supported by the Bristol Cable, Rife Magazine, meMaps, Full Circle, Open Democracy Foundation and independent journalists – with funding from Quartet Community Foundation and the Bristol Impact Fund. Everything from writing techniques to effectively using YouTube was covered in the workshops, giving participants a broad

Free Community Organising Training

Whether you are just getting involved or planning to get involved in community action or you are a seasoned community leader , social entrepreneur, community activist, engagement worker, public or third sector worker; this training will help you gain some great insights into the practice of community organising and you will connect some amazing people who like yourself want a better world. The 1 day intro training sessions aim to achieve these learning outcomes:

Festival of Solutions 2018 (Up Our Street and Vocalise Community Event)

Up Our Street and Vocalise Bristol are organising a Festival of Solutions for Ashley in the spring. There will be speakers and workshops designed to find resident solutions to neighbourhood issues.   We would love to hear your ideas for a theme and what could be included in the programme. Contact Vocalise ( or Up Our Street to get involved ( 

Bristol Pound Design Competition 2018

Competion opens 22nd January and closes 22nd February Five years on from the launch of the Bristol pound, the UK’s first city-wide currency, we’re getting ready to redesign our paper Bristol Pounds once again. To do this we’re inviting anyone who lives, works or learns in Bristol to submit designs and images for the third edition of Bristol’s money, which will be released in June 2018. There have been two

Update for Imagine St Pauls - installation progress

As you might have noticed the Imagine St Pauls work is taking longer than planned to install. The contractors have completed Sussex Place. The vast majority of the improvement have be undertaken in Rosa Parks Lane, unfortunately the recent weather though has not been favourable for laying the thermoplastic designs. These will now likely be completed early in the New Year. The contractors are still working on the speed table

Nuisance property closed in Montpelier, Bristol, following community complaints

A problem property in Montpelier has been closed, after the courts granted a full closure order following months of complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour (ASB). The property in Banner Road was closed last week (January 3) when Bristol Magistrates Court granted a full closure order on the Solon Housing Association property. Local residents became increasingly fed up with people coming and going at all times of the day and