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Our Pay What You Can Community Cafe is OPEN for business!

Day three of the Stokes Croft Food Project's Pay What You Can Community Cafe has gone well - check out our menu to see what tasty treats are on offer each day. In the first two days we served about 100 meals, around half of which were distributed for free to those who need it. The generosity of our paying customers has meant that all our costs have been covered, as the BBC found out when they visited.

Massive thanks to the volunteers who have worked with us so far. We can always do with extra hands so please email stokescroftfoodproject@gmail.com if you'd like to volunteer some time in the cafe.

SCFP would also like to thank Bristol Food Union, Fareshare, Elemental (Love Bristol), Jamaica Street Artists, Bristol & West Progressive Jewish Congregation, Ocean Laundry, Hack The Pandemic and The Laboratory of Things for their generous donations, and the National Food Service for their advice and support.

Please support our fundraiser to help keep this work going.

Donate to the SCFP Community Cafe

Overturning the Food System

National Food Service summer symposium

Every Thursday in August the NFS webinars will hear from individuals and groups working to tackle food insecurity on the ground. This includes directors of NFS branches across the country and leading academics in the field of food justice, as well as community partners working at all levels of the food chain, trying to create a more just food system. Tickets are free with a sliding scale for donations, so everyone is welcome.

Caring In Bristol launched their No Outsiders Campaign last week

“We are incredibly concerned about the effects of COVID19 on homelessness in Bristol. Those already experiencing homelessness will be further impacted. The economic and financial crisis will lead to a sharp rise in those needing housing support. We went out on the streets of Bristol and asked real Bristolians - 'How does this make you feel?'”

See PRSC’s previous blog for thoughts about what could be done to try to address the pernicious issue of homelessness.

Last chance to buy...

...these Fish Stripe Mugs. We have about 25 left in stock and once they are gone, we won't be making them again!

Fish Stripe Mug
Fish Stripe Mug
£6.00
Order online
George Carlin Mug
George Carlin Mug
£12.00
Order online
Rachel Carson Mug
Rachel Carson Mug
£12.00
Order online

Your thoughts? It's survey time!

Designing a New Social Reality: The Future of the VCSE Sector
Feed your own experiences and vision for the future of the Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector directly into Bristol's recovery strategy.

Understanding people's experiences and relationships with food during Covid-19
MA student researching how people's experiences of acquiring food for themselves / their families may have changed during lockdown, and about new behaviours people may have formed, along with how people have responded to ensure that others in their communities have had food during this time, including new actions, support networks or services.

Leisure Centres – a message from Bristol City Council

"From Saturday 25 July, Bristol’s leisure centres have begun a phased reopening. First Hengrove, on 25 July, opened its facilities with the exception of its swimming pool which will remain closed for the time being.

Next Saturday 1 August, Horfield, Henbury and Easton will also reopen most of their facilities. The pools at these leisure centres will remain closed until 19 August, and the St Pauls Community Sports Centre will open again on 3 August.

The financial challenges facing leisure providers mean that Jubilee, Bristol South Pool and Kingsdown Leisure Centre will remain closed for the time being. We will inform you on their reopening in due course.

We back the call for government to intervene and deliver funding for providers, as we believe in the strong need to ensure leisure provision doesn’t suffer irrecoverable damage. We acknowledge that leisure centres play an important role in the Bristol’s health and are important in tackling health inequalities across the nation."

Check the opening details of your local leisure centres on the council’s website.

A Poetic City is a programme from the Festival of Ideas and partners marking the 250th anniversary of the death of Bristolian poet Thomas Chatterton and celebrating poetry in the city's past, present and future.

New Charity Print from Remo Camerota

"Our doctors, nurses and frontline workers are putting their lives at risk everyday. I wanted to pay tribute to them, and so 'We can be heroes' depicts an all powerful doctor/nurse, standing proud while helping our citizens. A new kind of Wonder Woman. The title also suggests that we can all be heroes by doing something to help. And of course it is a great song by David Bowie. This is number one in the new series. An illustration started on paper, moved to adobe illustrator and finished in photoshop. There is a limited edition 18 x 24” print, numbered and signed. Proceeds go to CEDARS-SINAI, non-profit hospital in LA and COVID-19 UCLA health fund. I chose these charities because they have come to my aid when I needed them most, so now its my turn to give back. With your help we can bring some relief to our frontline heroes, and add some color into your homes."

Grab yours before they sell out! Pick up your limited edition print from remography.com

SNUG

Last year, after the destruction of the Bearpit Outdoor Gallery, PRSC loaned one of the big containers that had been sited there to Ecomotive, a project set up to tackle homelessness and climate change by helping people to create their own amazing homes and communities. They have been using the container on the site of their SNUG project and they sent us these progress pictures.

Opportunities with Extinction Rebellion

★ XR South West are looking for a couple of enthusiastic rebels to join the Anchor Circle as part of the Internal/External Coordination Team. Lots of really interesting stuff to get involved with on both regional and UK levels. All tasks associated with these roles will be shared and/or rotated to best suit the role holders. More info and registration here »

★ Help get the message out with the Media and Messaging team. Reporters, photographers, writers, social media enthusiasts etc. are all needed for the upcoming rebellion and beyond. Email xr.sw.media@protonmail.com and get onboard.

★ Regenerative principals are essential to the establishment of a healthy environment within the movement and throughout our daily lives. They lie at the heart of all we do in XR and reflect our aspirations for a better society. Contact SWRC@protonmail.com if you're interested in joining the Regenerative Culture team.

★ Help XR reconnect with and enthuse existing and prospective rebels by joining the Rebel Ringers phone banking team. Satisfying, important and rewarding work.

Positive News

We all need some cheering news, lately more than ever! Positive News has got all the good news, these are our latest faves...

England gears up for ‘new era’ of walking and cycling
"A great start on the road to better streets for allt"

Bouncing forward: after the crisis, will we build economies that don’t cost the planet?
"Out of a catastrophe that has cost lives and livelihoods across the world, is an opportunity to shift to a system that is more resilient, fair, and meets the needs of both citizens and the environment"

Bouncing forward: why the pandemic could make our communities stronger
"Community groups belong to the third sector, not the third class. For years, their actions have helped keep society from going under. Post-pandemic, their voices will be ever more vital in building it back up"

Through the lens

Tom Miller has been freshening up Turbo Island...

Amazing new piece on ceiling of M32 skatepark, painted with the help of PRSC scaffolding.

A little visit to the Moon Temple...

Stokes Croft has got some creative art rebellion going on right now. It's hard to tell from the pic below but this BLM mural is made up of hundreds of A3 sheets, that's some dedication!

Throughout this crisis our work with rough sleepers continues. Please click on the button below to support this ongoing work.

Donate to support our homeless community
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