News from Voscur members: Reducing isolation for all ages

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12 December, 2018


In the final Voscur member update of 2018, the key theme is reducing isolation. Every member organisation featured is working to bring vulnerable or marginalised people together with specialist support and outreach.

Jacari Increases its Provision and Visits SS Great Britain

Educational charity Jacari has had a busy few months supporting refugee and immigrant children in the most deprived areas of Bristol. In October and November 2018, Jacari recruited over 50 students to become volunteer tutors, teaching children who don’t have English as their first language.

A group trip to the SS Great Britain, with 12 children, 10 volunteers and five parents, gave everyone the chance to step aboard one of Bristol’s most famous tourist attractions, and some brave children even climbed the rigging.

Ara appoints Chair of the Board of Trustees

Ara, a charity which supports people with issues surrounding drugs, alcohol, mental health and gambling, has appointed Simon Thompson as Chair to its Board of Trustees. He brings 25 years’ experience in health and social care and housing to the role, and joins as Ara puts its five year strategy in place, called Springboards for Growth.

If you’re thinking of becoming a trustee, or you have recently become one, Voscur’s training session next month will help you learn best practices. Being a Good Board Member runs on Tuesday 29 January.

Marmalade Trust #NotAlone video still made by Tusko

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Marmalade Trust Creates #NotAlone Campaign with Tusko

The #NotAlone campaign from Marmalade Trust aims to tackle social isolation this winter, and the charity teamed up with Bristol-based videographers Tusko to generate a campaign video (see a still image from the video above), photographs and a marketing strategy.

Loneliness is a growing health concern for all ages, but this campaign brings people together from Bristol and South Gloucestershire who might otherwise be lonely around Christmas time. Marmalade Trust’s previous work included launching the UK’s first Loneliness Awareness Week, in 2017.

Bristol Mediation Reveals Restorative Justice Survey Results

As part of International Restorative Justice Week (18-25 November), Bristol Mediation conducted a survey to determine people’s views of restorative justice in Avon and Somerset. 78% of those who completed the survey felt they would want to be offered restorative justice (where victims and perpetrators meet in a safe and neutral space with a trained facilitator) if they became a victim of crime. 96% believed restorative justice could make a criminal less likely to reoffend.

Bristol Mediation isn’t part of the local authority or the police; it works independently to provide conflict resolution and support to victims of injustice. This can include crime, anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood disputes.

Member news updates will be back in January 2019, sharing stories from Bristol and beyond. If you have news you’d like to share, please email

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