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Stokes Croft Food Project steps up the fight against hunger

Pay What You Can Cafe opening Monday July 27th at midday

There's less than a week to go before the Stokes Croft Food Project opens the doors of our new Pay What You Can Community Cafe!

Based upon the mutual aid principle that saw Bristol’s communities carry each other through the Covid crisis, the community cafe asks those with deeper pockets to pay more for their (delicious) meal in order to ensure that same meal can be offered for free to anyone who would otherwise go hungry.

The cafe will open Monday to Friday from 12-2pm and is intended for everyone, no matter your budget. For Covid reasons this will start as a takeaway only service, but the final vision is an eating space that allows us to all sit down together.

SCFP will continue to serve hot food direct to rough sleepers, provide meals to the National Food Service and to B.O.S.H, and work with other partners to reduce hunger in the city.

Please support our fundraiser to help keep this work going.

Donate to the SCFP Community Cafe

Housing Update

Following on from last week's blog post about the wider issue of homelessness...

★ Currently the Bristol Homeless Forum seem pretty optimistic about the council’s plans to manage the ending of the national Everyone In policy: “Negotiations are still ongoing but look promising. New housing in South Bristol for homeless people with low support needs and HMO style housing for others. Both should be available well before the current hotel provision comes to an end. Hostel accommodation is not coming to an end any time soon.”

★ There is just over a week left to take part in Shelter’s ambitious Home Truths campaign, an attempt to map out and prioritise Bristol’s biggest housing issues. This survey closes July 31st, please get involved.

★ The Bristol Cable has been taking a closer look at the results of a unique collaboration between Bristol’s vehicle dwelling community and the council.

★ We spotted this BristolLive article on DOPE Magazine, which we distribute to local rough sleepers to help them support themselves. Interesting to read about how and why it exists!

★ ACORN Bristol need your help! They're looking for Coronavirus Community Support Volunteers to continue supporting vulnerable and self-isolating people, or you could join the Community Protection Team to protect our communities as the ban on evictions comes to an end on August 23.

Builders, please help!

PRSC is looking for an ethical builder or accessibility expert to give us some guidance about how to make the Loovre (our toilet gallery) accessible to disabled people. 
Do you have the expertise and a little time to spare?
Please contact if you can assist.

Artwork by XR Jamaica

Climate Update

As we know, the Committee on Climate Change (the body that advises the government on environmental issues) released their annual report last month. They made five recommendations:

  • Low-carbon retrofits and buildings that are fit for the future
  • Tree planting, peatland restoration, and green infrastructure
  • Energy networks must be strengthened
  • Infrastructure to make it easy for people to walk, cycle, and work remotely
  • Moving towards a circular economy.

Let’s see if this report leads to any action at all. XR already anticipates that the UK government will continue to treat the environment as an afterthought, with no consideration of the urgency of our situation. This is why they are calling for a huge protest action in September.

Local XR groups will kick off the Rebellion with a spicy bank holiday weekend of action from 28-31 August. From 1 September, they will come together to peacefully rebel in London, Cardiff and Manchester until Parliament promises to debate their three demands in the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill and set up a Citizens’ Assembly.

Across the channel France has set up a Citizen’s Assembly to tackle climate change. “They are part of France’s latest democratic experiment: a randomly selected citizens’ assembly that has been promised more power than any other – the ability to set Emmanuel Macron’s policy on cutting carbon emissions, as he faces harsh criticism that he is not doing enough to tackle the climate emergency.”

According to the XR Newsletter the Citizen’s Assembly has submitted 149 proposals to Macron, including: measures addressing transport, energy, agriculture, and construction; constitutional amendments to prioritise biodiversity; the creation of a new body responsible for enforcing planetary limits; and a strong call to make ecocide a crime by national referendum.

Bristol Climate Update

Bristol City Council are continuing their efforts to reduce car traffic in the city - next up will be the closure of Bristol Bridge [map] to general traffic. As BCC exlains “Priority will be given to buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians travelling through the central area of Bristol in order to ease congestion and pollution.”

And budding cyclists can now borrow a bike for free, access free cycle training and plan safe cycling routes via the revamped Better By Bike website, designed to help people in the Bristol area get pedalling.

Bristol Bicycles
Bristol Bicycles
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The Great Wave Mug
The Great Wave Mug
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I am Echoborg

PRSC is very excited that the participatory AI show I Am Echoborg - which we've hosted in the Space several times - has moved online. From the comfort of your own sofa, will you join a team of brave souls and negotiate the future of humanity with an Artificial Intelligence? Perfectly adapted from the stage to the Zoom screen, this participatory show is created in real-time by your conversations with a state-of-the-art self-learning AI. It speaks through a human, an echoborg, and it wants you to become an echoborg too. Who is in charge here? In this high-stakes encounter you are challenged with agreeing the best possible outcome for the relationship between humans and intelligent machines. The show was devised by award-winning writer/ director Rik Lander and conversational AI expert Phil D Hall. Marie-Helene Boyd is the Echoborg.

Festival of Ideas

The Festival of Ideas has also moved online. They have more talks exploring the future of democracy coming up and there are a number of interesting videos of previous talks available to watch for free - we recommend Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism.

Building an anti-racist farming movement

“Stewarding our own land, growing our own food, educating our own youth, participating in our own healthcare and justice systems; this is the source of real power and dignity.”

The Landworkers’ Alliance and Land In Our Names are hosting a webinar with Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm, exploring how we build an antiracist farming movement in the UK.

Bristol Arts and Music Round Table Discussion

Thangam Debbonaire MP is hosting a second online round table discussion on the Bristol-wide response to COVID-19 and how the culture, arts and music sector can recover. Open to Bristol's artists, musicians, music venues, and anybody who is involved in the creative sector, there will be a panel discussion with some of Bristol’s celebrated artists, practitioners, and leaders from organisations in the city, followed by four different breakout rooms focused around statements from Rising Arts Agency’s #WhoseFuture poster campaign. Click here to register for your free ticket »

Local Opportunities

St Pauls Adventure Playground are recruiting for a Sessional Playworker, and an Inclusion and Diversity Playworker.

Dareshack is a new creative space/coffee shop in the city centre (@dareshack) looking to collaborate with local artists and creatives to fill the space with art - paintings, sculptures, collage, mixed media, etc. Please email if you're interested.

★ Check out this curated selection of submissions made by artists for artists, covering all manner of creative opportunities.

★ The Martin Parr Foundation are offering a photographic bursary to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic photographers in the UK, coinciding with the MPF remit to champion British documentary photography and to support overlooked and emerging photographers.

Photo courtesy of Tommy Chavannes and Carla Denyer

Residents stick up giant post-it note against new digital billboards

Amazing work from AdBlock Bristol and local Totterdown residents, creatively protesting against two huge digital advertising screens being erected on Bath Road by using a giant yellow sticky note to make their feelings about the proposed billboards clear.

Through the lens

More artwork from RTiiiKA, spotted on Stokes Croft this time.

A double dose of bleach politics from John Doh, in the St George skate park.

Some re-use inspiration from PRSC staff... Scruff has a spiky little succulent in her cracked Stokes Croft mug, and check out this lush fig Benoit is growing in a broken Westmoreland House Memorial mug.

Have you repurposed any of our china? Send us a pic if you have, it's nice to know there's life after tea!

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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