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Words fail us. Solidarity with the people of the USA. Fuck Trump and all the hateful racist bullshit.

An update on PRSC and Stokes Croft China

As a public arts, events and retail business, Covid-19 has hit the PRSC hard. However this crisis has given us a chance to discover the resilience and creativity inherent in the PRSC staff team, and to explore potentials we didn't know we had.

In mid March we closed our venues, cancelled all our events and shut the doors to our china shop.

Since then our online china shop has been kept running by two members of staff who separately come into the shop once or twice a week to process the orders, and our loyal customers have helped to keep a small regular income coming in.

Our resident mural artist Object... has been working with the Medical Humanities department at Bristol Uni to create a series of public health messages on our mural wall in a project called 'Medicine on the Walls'. In the latest iteration of this project, Object... exchanged sketches with Msale - a mural artist in Nairobi - then they each simultaneously painted the same design on walls in their own neighbourhood. Keep an eye out as we have more Medicine on the Walls murals coming up.

Meanwhile, the PRSC continued providing our Street Survival sessions after recognising the increased vulnerability of the rough sleepers left on the streets after the council's big push to move the homeless into hotels. Throughout this crisis, every Tuesday 2-4pm, people have been dropping in, getting a free cup of tea or coffee, having a wash in the sink, or picking up some soap, a tent or a clean, dry sleeping bag. We're also distributing updated information about homeless services from Caring in Bristol - info sheets are displayed on our shop door as well as at Street Survival sessions. This is the only activity still running in our beautiful venue.

Meanwhile, recognising the increased vulnerability of the rough sleepers left on the streets after the council's big push to move people into hotels, PRSC continued providing our Street Survival sessions. Throughout this crisis, every Tuesday 2-4pm, people have been dropping in, getting a free cup of tea or coffee, having a wash in the sink, or picking up some soap, a tent or clean dry sleeping bag. We also distribute updated information about homeless services from Caring in Bristol, info sheets are displayed on our shop door as well as at Street Survival sessions. This is the only activity still running in our beautiful venue.

After speaking to hungry rough sleepers and local homeless charities, PRSC teamed up with the chefs at Jamaica Street Stores to create the Stokes Croft Food Project. We currently distribute around 200 fresh, nutritious meals per week to local rough sleepers and another 50 to the National Food Service who support low-income households facing food poverty. In the last two weeks we have also started providing meals to the Bristol Food Union which caters for frontline staff and key workers.

With less day-to-day activity we've had a chance to scrutinise and share info about property developments in the neighbourhood; we shifted the May edition of the People's Art Fair online and into the window of our china shop, and for several weeks we ran this as a free entry, open submission exhibition. We have also been running a public appeal on behalf of a local care provider to get some puzzles or games made for their residents.

So what’s next?

We are currently in the middle of a huge overhaul of our china stock and online shop, with the intention of reopening as a more streamlined and coherent business. We are also taking this opportunity to redesign and refurbish our venue bar so we will be able to reopen a more visually stunning space than the one we closed.

How can you support the PRSC?

We are not asking for charity, though if you want to support our work or sign up to our mailing list you'd be most welcome!

If you want to send someone a gift (or treat yourself) and know that the money you spend will be poured directly back into the local community, please consider shopping at Stokes Croft China.

Shop Stokes Croft China online

Staff picks: Sue

I love the NHS mugs - we sell lots so it seems I'm not alone. I love the NHS too. In this time of Covid-19, celebrating the NHS is, quite rightly, high on the public agenda. Like so many others I've clapped loud and hard for NHS, care home and all front line workers. These amazing people have got us through to this point of the pandemic despite, not because of, the Government's action.

"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it"

Our first NHS mug, quoting Nye Bevan, is as true today as it was on the day in 1948 when he declared the NHS open to all. Bevan knew socialised health care and the Welfare State would be attacked by capital, and so it has been ever since. Bevan fought hard for free comprehensive universal services for individual health and national economic benefit. The NHS is not what it once was, but it is better than the US model that is proposed as an alternative. So the fight must continue to preserve what we still have and ultimately to reinstate a truly public and NOT FOR PROFIT service.

The Do No Harm mugs are a newer design. This message is etched into the minds of doctors, nurses and all health & social care professionals. It applies, or should do, to all public servants including politicians. Tucked away inside in one version of the mug is "but take no shit" - some uplifting advice for those who have to suffer the incompetence of their leaders and managers. For those who need, there is a sanitised version, and they can keep the subversive mutterings inside their heads.

NHS Mugs
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Do No Harm
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The Extinction Rebellion Guide to the Impossible

“Rather than a top-down, one-size-fits-all story, this guide is a carrier for multiple strands, stories told for the varied fellow travellers with whom we seek to engage. Underpinning everything, a thread of XR magic which we hope will fire the imagination, focus the thinking and set the intention.”

Bristol City Council have launched We Are Bristol Kids, a new online hub for children and parents to learn about our city. BCC recognise that this is a difficult time for parents and children alike, so they hope this fun content, with competitions and educational activities will help to support families across our communities. You can find the full range of activities and get involved on the We Are Bristol Kids website.

Through the lens...

Spotted overhead on Tuesday evening. Clapping, cheering and laughter from everyone in the park... thanks mystery signwriter!
Very much enjoying these ineffectual attempts to cover up the graffiti on Surrey St in St Pauls - next time use a longer pole!
Scruff was showing off her nasturtium seedlings a few weeks ago - those babies are all grown up and flowering now!

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

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