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Ashley Ward will notice the affects of the budget cuts in reduced action from Neighbourhood Partnership schemes.

The latest Forum, on 16th January, brought up issues related to crime, parking, and the forthcoming budget cuts to Bristol City Council. There is a £101m (up from £92m) budget gap due to reduced income from central  Government, and one thing that will experience a massive reduction is the Neighbourhood Partnership spending. Concerns were raised by attendees as to what would replace the neighbourhood forums, seen as providing a voice

New social networking website for volunteers

A new social networking site designed to help Bristol-based volunteers provide ‘good old-fashioned community help’ has been established. Started by two Bristolian entrepreneurs, Simon Hills and Saf Nazeer, aims to connect volunteers with charities, start-ups and individuals in need of a helping hand. It is trying to create a “money-free economy”, based on karma rather than currency. Their new office is in the Engine Shed, by Temple Meads, Bristol. The origin

Funding available for positive mental health activities for children

One in ten children aged 5-16 have mental health problems.  Bristol City Council are working with the Community Access Support Service (CASS) to fight negativity around poor mental health. CASS is calling for community and volunteer groups to run emotional wellbeing activities for children to encourage better mental health. Bristol City Council are funding up to £1000 for groups to run the activities for children of a primary school age and

Residents Parking Scheme

A review of St Pauls residents’ parking scheme has commenced as part of the Mayor’s commitment to ensure schemes city-wide are working for their communities. Surveys are open to everyone and ask questions about operating hours, double yellow lines and different types of parking. Local businesses and organisations are encouraged to suggest initiatives that will support local retail and service centres. The survey can be found online at

One Tree Per Child

Over the next 4 years the One Tree Per Child team aim to plant 6000 trees per year, working with primary school aged children in Bristol. This winter the community events programme will be planting trees in parks and green space across the city, including new woodlands, hedgerows, and individual trees. There will also be new trees planted in primary schools creating spaces for outdoor learning. The planting will begin again from November onwards, so for the time being the team have an exciting volunteer programme which

Carnival: 2017

We spoke to George Francis from St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival, who has some exciting news regarding the carnival: “St Pauls Carnival is up and running again thanks to an agreement between SPACC, the Carnival Commission, city officials, councillors, the Art council, and with support from the executive mayor Marvin Rees. More meetings are planned to encourage local residents, community groups and businesses for support.” “It’s fantastic news after two years with no carnival to be planning one for 2017 with the support of the city council, thanks to

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A scheme funded by Great Western Railway is offering free group travel to residents’ associations, youth clubs, and any other local organisations or charities working with disadvantaged communities in the West of England. The scheme aims to remove the financial barriers of travel for low-income or disadvantaged communities. Groups can claim a free group ticket to many locations in the South West of England, up to a maximum of 20

Cover Competition

The next edition of Vocalise will be out in October, and we want a really good cover that will grab peoples attention. You can send in your artwork and photos to: or by post to: Boundless Futures CIC, Backfields House, Upper York Street, BS2 8QJ. If sending by post, please ensure you include a stamped addressed envelope. The winner of the cover competition will receive £30, an embossed certificate, and prime

Local children win prize

Cabot Primary School proudly report that several of their pupils have won the Bristol Poetry Prize, sponsored by Waterstones. We have covered this exciting development in the latest edition of Vocalise!

Robber apprehended with help of local hero

Sergeant Mark Aston has reported that someone threatened with a knife in the area managed to help detain the offender, who has since been sentenced to 32 months. Officer Aston has noted: “After stealing mobile phones from two victims in separate incidents on the same day in St Paul’s, the offender pulled a knife, but the victim still helped to chase and detain him, allowing us to ensure the knife