Looking for a way you can help Ukrainians?

7 March, 2022 - 11:57

Updated 16th March 2022

Here at Voscur we have received lots of enquiries from members, partners and from the wider community in Bristol and surrounding areas, wishing to support and / or volunteer with organisations who are assisting refugees and those still in Ukraine.

We are...

Bristol institutions investigate the impact of food, drink and gambling on local neighbourhoods

23 February, 2022 - 12:17

A new survey has been created to find out what our residents think about advertisements for food, drink and gambling in their neighbourhood, and the impact they might be having on people.

The survey is being conducted by researchers from the University of Bristol in conjunction with...

Property under pressure: charities facing significant decisions about workspace and staffing management. 

16 February, 2022 - 15:38

Across the UK, Bristol being no exception, many community resources are disappearing or have already disappeared, with buildings often demolished or sold to private companies for redevelopments that deliver little benefit for local communities. 

Buildings are often a vital...

Can greater VCSE involvement and community input to services address the health inequalities suffered by Black, Asian and minority ethnic people “at every stage from birth to death”? 

16 February, 2022 - 15:17

The scale of health inequalities faced by ethnic minorities is devastating, and the healthcare system is failing minority ethnic patients across the whole of England, including Bristol. Radical measures are needed, according to the largest review of its kind, commissioned by the NHS Race and...

Should charities embrace flexible working?

16 February, 2022 - 11:20


Picture this... Voscur’s office is busier today than it has been for the past two years. While we’re by no means full, there are lots of us here and the consensus seems to be that it’s good to see one another in person. As a member of staff who has joined the organisation during the...

Learning from the pandemic – what next for the sector?

9 February, 2022 - 10:43


Almost two years after the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, Voscur has published The Power of Community, research that shows how Bristol’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector has adapted to meet the pandemic’s many challenges....

How can Bristol's VCSE sector ensure communities aren't left behind as we learn to accept a new level of uncertainty 'post-pandemic'? 

9 February, 2022 - 10:38

To influence and help shape key decisions about our city and the people living, working and studying here, one effective way to build on the partnership working developed during the height of the pandemic is to seek and act on opportunities to take a seat at the policy-making table.


Can your organisation answer the questions set out by NCVO and Victor Adebowale?  

2 February, 2022 - 15:10


Two recent studies, the Commission on Social Investment led by Victor Adebowale, and NCVO’s (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) annual...

Mental health in the workplace 

31 January, 2022 - 09:41

How has your working week started? Well - we hope, because work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives – more so than financial problems - according to the mental health charity Mind. Their research shows that, at least one in six workers...

Volunteering could help see off January 'blues'

19 January, 2022 - 09:10

There was a beautiful blue sky in Bristol on “Blue Monday” 17th January, so-called as it’s said to be the most depressing day of the year. It was trending on social media and enjoyed plenty of news coverage, but in fact, there's little scientific about it. 

The name was reportedly coined...