11 May, 2021


In a night of mixed fortunes for Labour, Marvin Rees was elected Bristol Mayor while Dan Norris became the new Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority (previously held by Conservative Tim Bowles). The Conservatives’ Mark Shelford was elected as the new Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner role (previously held by independent Sue Mount-Stevens). With all 34 wards across the city up for election, Bristol City Council will now see considerable changes in the makeup of the council chamber.

Religious texts in Islam laid on blue table
10 May, 2021


People who have a religion give to charity more often than those with no faith, and their most prioritised cause is also different, according to YouGov Profiles analysis.

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.

Man looking at laptop screen with £5 and £10 notes
28 April, 2021


Could you organise activities to help your community understand the dangers of loan sharks? If so, the Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund can help you. The funding is held by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), taken from convicted loan sharks, and this fund is a chance to educate communities and prevent loan sharks taking hold in the future. 

Bikes on Sheffield-style black bicycle stand at Letterpress Collective in Bristol, by Life Cycle UK charity
7 April, 2021


Advertorial content created by Life Cycle UK, for Voscur

Local charity and Voscur member Life Cycle UK is offering free cycle stands to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Bristol, thanks to funding from the Megawatt Community Energy Fund and Travelwest.

29 March, 2021


Bristolians will be able to vote in a number of elections on 6 May, using their cross to decide who they think should represent them for city mayor, West of England Combined Authority (‘Metro’) mayor, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, and on Bristol City Council as their local councillor. 

At the time of writing there were five names in the hat for Mayor of Bristol, including Labour’s Marvin Rees, who has held the position since 2016. The candidates are:


The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an important resource for data on local people's health and wellbeing, telling us about their current situation and their future needs. Our JSNA is produced by Bristol City Council; each local government area in England will have its own JSNA, feeding into the local Health and Wellbeing Strategy. 

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.

South Bristol Youth Zone building plans
17 March, 2021


South Bristol charity and Voscur member Youth Moves has partnered with national charity OnSide Youth Zones to create the South West’s first Youth Zone: a new building with open access youth services and activities.

15 March, 2021
Tom Burnett Voscur

By Tom Burnett, Policy and Information Officer, Voscur

Although a digital divide existed in the UK well before the coronavirus pandemic, how digital exclusion compounds existing inequalities has really come to the fore over the past 12 months.


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