15 September, 2021

"I can't do anything to make a difference with climate change. I'm just one person."

It's a common phrase and in many ways very true. But once people come together in neighbourhoods and communities and really understand how their individual and collective actions affect climate change, it starts to become clearer to see exactly how we each make a difference - positive or negative.

Young woman in brown apron wearing black and green gardening gloves, holding hands up
28 June, 2021


According to new research from the Royal Voluntary Service, seventy per cent of students are looking to do volunteer work this summer: welcome news for volunteer managers and coordinators who have seen numbers fluctuate during the coronavirus pandemic.

Red, yellow, cream and blue balloons in blue sky with clouds
10 June, 2021


It’s been a brilliant start to the summer for many of our members, as they’ve stopped to reflect on their achievements and the hard work of their volunteers. Find out what they’ve been up to, and how you can support them.

Volunteers' Week sign on white and orange metal background
1 June, 2021


This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), Voscur has joined forces with Bristol City Council and Can Do Bristol to thank the city’s COVID-19 pandemic volunteers, from those who’ve done odd jobs or tasks for neighbours, to those who formally volunteer with a local organisation.

We want you to get involved both online and offline, thanking the people and organisations that have made a difference in your community during these testing times. Here’s how…

Colourful doors in apartment block to suggest community and diversity
19 May, 2021


The Month of Community is a new way of combining the many causes and awareness weeks in June, to make one month-long campaign that celebrates many people in our society who might otherwise be overlooked – for example, carers, refugees, and people facing loneliness.

You’ll recognise many of the awareness weeks and events taking place during the month, including Volunteers’ Week, Carers Week, Small Charity Week and Refugee Week, and this is a chance to amplify them all.

Rail of clothing on bamboo hangers in clothes shop
28 April, 2021


Sustainable Fashion Week is coming in September, and your organisation could be a part of this Bristol-based, national initiative that celebrates recycling, reusing and sharing clothes. Whether your organisation has a charity shop, an eBay store, a craft club, or appeals for clothing donations to help service users, you can get involved in the week-long celebrations from 11-19 September 2021.

20 April, 2021


New Philanthropy Capital (known as NPC) has published a new report about place-based (geographical) collaboration, called Coordination in Place, to examine how attitudes to collaborating have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report focuses on local coordinators in Buckinghamshire, Coventry and Sutton, though its findings will be useful to anyone looking at community action in the UK.

Designing a New Social Reality report by Black South West Network
18 March, 2021


Black South West Network (BSWN) has launched an important new report focusing on Bristol’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and its recovery after COVID-19.

Bristol Remembers community leaders promoting city event to remember coronavirus losses
15 March, 2021


As we reflect on 12 months of life-changing regulations to try and stop the spread of COVID-19, a range of Bristol organisations will mark the occasion by releasing a new short film reflecting on the losses in our communities and the community spirit that helped us get through these difficult times.


We're inviting you to the online launch event for a new city-wide report that looks at Bristol's voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector response to COVID-19 and how we can use it to inform a VCSE strategy for the future. 

The report, called Designing a New Social Reality: The Future of the Bristol Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector Beyond COVID-19, was written by Black South West Network (BSWN) in partnership with Voscur and Locality. It was funded by Power To Change Trust, Bristol City Council and Quartet Community Foundation. 

Wednesday, 17 March, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:45


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