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.

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
10 March, 2021


Bristol’s local councillors have voted overwhelmingly to drive forward the conversation around Bristol’s role in the Transatlantic Traffic of Enslaved Afrikans (TTEA). The vote was the result of councillors Cleo Lake and Asher Craig calling an extraordinary full council meeting to formalise a “reparations plan” for Bristol, whose merchants and corporations were heavily involved in the forced movement of Africans to the Americas.

Neon green sign on grey wall saying 'social change'.
16 February, 2021


Grants of up to £1,000 are available to small organisations in Bristol that address local issues and support equalities groups. The funding, from Bristol Redistro, is open to non-profit community organisations and unconstituted groups with an annual income of less than £25,000, based in Bristol and helping residents in the city.


There are bookable 15-minute slots available to talk to the Arts & Events team at Bristol City Council about the Originators Fund, which is a great opportunity for organisations and individuals involved in arts and culture.

This funding is designed to support events, arts and culture activities being held in Bristol from June 2021 - May 2022. 

Friday, 12 February, 2021 - 10:00 to 12:00


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