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Thanks to the generous support of our ongoing crowdfunding campaign, Stokes Croft Food Project is delighted to announce the opening of a "Pay What You Can Community Cafe" on Monday 27th July at Jamaica Street Stores, 37-39 Jamaica Street, BS2 8JP.

We will continue to distribute free food to the hungry on Tuesdays and Sundays, but we will also be offering nutritious lunch to the whole community from 12-2pm, Monday to Friday.

We have chosen the Pay What You Can model to allow us to continue providing mouth watering and nutritious meals to the economically vulnerable, while expanding our offer in an inclusive and sustainable way. This project builds on the mutual aid principle that has allowed so many people in Bristol to make it through the pandemic. We don't need top down charity to 'help the needy' - we need strong, well fed and resilient communities that support one another.

While this will start as a take away service, our long term vision is to develop this cafe into a shared eating space where everyone can sit and eat together. A space to provide the kind of affordable community hub that Stokes Croft really needs. We will also make an area of the cafe available as a food bank where people can donate or request groceries.

Can you spare some time? We are a volunteer run project, and we always need more volunteers. Please email stokescroftfoodproject@gmail.com if you want to join our volunteer team.

Can you spare some cash? We are currently running a fundraiser to cover the core cafe costs.

Are you hungry? Come down, get some lunch.

Donate to the Stokes Croft Food Project

Everyone in?

We can see a crisis of rough sleeping looming down the tracks and PRSC is calling for an urgent public debate about how the public funds and political will can be best used to actually start reducing the numbers of people who find themselves homeless or in insecure housing. Lisa looks at what the future might hold, and offers up some solutions... read more here »

Continue reading 'Everyone in?'

Can you help?

PRSC is looking for a 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 lisa.furness@prsc.org.uk if you can assist.

We are re-opening!

Due to popular demand the Stokes Croft China shop will be opening every Saturday from 11am-4pm, starting this week (July 19). This will allow us some regular contact with our gorgeous customers until we re-open properly in September. Come by, say hi, don't be shy!

You can still shop online 24/7, however to minimise exposure to our shop staff and to the post office workers, we post out our online orders second class on Tuesdays and Fridays, so please be patient with your deliveries.

We Make Our Own Future Mugs
We Make Our Own Future Mugs
£8.00 - £12.00
Order online
Stand Clear Quote Mug
Stand Clear Quote Mug
£15.00
Order online
Tony Benn Various Mugs
Tony Benn Various Mugs
£12.00
Order online

Extinction Rebellion invite you to the Bristol Emergency Rebellion Mobilisation Workshop, this Thursday 16th July from 6-8pm. Find out more »

Say NO to Digital Billboards

Advertising companies have installed massive advertising screens on the M32, saying that local residents don't care and barely even notice them. At Adblock we know that this is not true, and are working on an open letter to the council. If you are a Bristol resident whose personal experience of the city has been negatively impacted by their presence, and are interested in submitting a statement and signing the letter, please get in contact via hello@adblockbristol.org.uk.

Bristol Future Parks

Bristol City Council and the National Trust are consulting with communities around how Bristol parks and green spaces could be run in the future, finding ways to protect and improve public parks and green spaces by creating partnerships with community groups and volunteers, sports clubs and businesses. Check this list of upcoming online events to see the areas still to be discussed, and find out more about the Bristol Future Parks project here »

News from the RWA

The RWA are re-opening to the public from Saturday 1st August, and extended their current exhibition on Wilhelmina Barns-Graham until 19th September. Opening times will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 11am - 3pm, and visits will be bookable on the RWA website from 24th July. They're still offering art online though - you can attend a Life Drawing class or Poetry Workshop via Zoom, or download a Family Activity Pack for some messy fun with the kids.

This year's Secret Postcard Auction brought in a staggering £107,000 - the RWA thanks everyone who bid and donated to contribute to this total, providing vital support at this difficult time.

#endholidayhunger

The government has now committed to continuing the school meal voucher scheme during the summer holidays, but it’s not enough. The National Food Service are asking the government to increase the vouchers from a measly £15-a-week to £30, and to commit to increasing access to nutritious, sustainably sourced food for everyone.

The NFS are seeking volunteers to help draft an email to send out to MPs as part of the campaign, in the hope of increased support in parliament for increasing the generosity of the school meal voucher scheme. They’re always looking for people to join their social media working group to draft posts across all platforms about this and the wider campaign. Social media is a vital way of getting their message out there as far and wide as possible! Please email info@nationalfoodservice.uk to get involved.

DIY Artists Network

The DIY Artists Network has set up the Bristol Furlough Skills Exchange to create opportunities for individuals and organisations to work together, sharing their skills and expertise to help sustain the Culture and Creative Industries and enable resilience and recovery. Email eloise@theatrebristol.net for more information.

Creative Together is a city wide recovery plan to be sent to Bristol City Council (BCC) and West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The proposal sets out a phase of stabilisation and outlines how the Cultural Sector can kick-start getting people back to work, create an inclusive programme and clearly states the challenges we face as a sector. To find out more or get involved in the DIY Artists Network email bristoldiyartsnetwork@gmail.com.

Time to Read

From Monday 13th July, a call and collect service will be available from the Central Library. You can request books over the phone or by email. Fishponds, Henbury and Stockwood branch libraries will reopen to the public in mid-August and there are plans to reopen the Central Library in September. Safety measures will be in place when libraries start to reopen.

Small Business Support

Bristol’s small businesses have been given more time to apply for the Coronavirus Discretionary Grant. The closing date for round two has been extended to midnight Sunday 19th July. Businesses with 49 or fewer employees including bed and breakfasts, charities and nurseries can check if they are eligible for the funding on the BCC website.

A Surge of Power

A resin statue of Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid has been temporarily installed on Colston's ex-plinth. Artist Marc Quinn's intentions are for it to continue the conversation about racism. Read more about it here, including Marvin Rees' comments, and some words from Jen Reid about her participation.

If you're quick, you can also continue the conversation on how we can decolonise our city. Kicking off at 7pm tonight, you can register for the Zoom meeting here »

Elsewhere in the streets... down the M32 we have another BLM piece by the team behind our latest mural wall.

We're also loving this piece celebrating the toppling of Colston's statue, which recently appeared on a billboard in Easton. Shout out to artist RTiiiKA of the Bristol Womxns Mural Collective who helped get the paint jam jamming at the first People's Art Fair back in February.

Meanwhile...

We've been getting busy behind closed doors, rearranging the china workshop, shuffling around the shop and putting pigments in jars!

As life returns to Stokes Croft, our chances of re-wilding Turbo Island have come to an end. Life always finds a way though - there are sunflowers bursting through, and patches of grass creeping back in!

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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