Making some Noise in the Easter break
Bristol Noise has been coordinating volunteers from local churches to run free activities for different ages and to provide practical support for local people in need through ‘community projects’ for the last 18 years.
Most people will be used to seeing family fun afternoons taking place in Lockleaze and Horfield over the May Day bank holiday weekend, but this year The Noise joined with more churches across the city to coordinate 1400 volunteers in four days’ worth of activities during the Easter school holidays in an event called ‘Hope Bristol’.
Throughout the week, volunteers joined together to host daily activities for children and young people and events for senior citizens. In Lockleaze, St Mary’s Church hosted a coffee morning and hosted a daily lunch club for children in partnership with Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust; football training sessions took place at Stoke Park School; and a free family fun afternoon was run on Gainsborough Square with a number of local sports clubs offering taster sessions for all.
In Horfield, there was a free short mat bowls lesson held at Eden Grove, an afternoon tea hosted by Ebenezer Church and (despite the weather!) another free family fun afternoon on Horfield Common, including delicious treats from Taste Café. Great opportunities to build upon activities that local churches run throughout the year.
As mentioned above, volunteers engaged in a variety of ‘community projects’ too, all of which were put forward by those working across local areas. These included supporting those in need with practical projects such as garden maintenance, as well as litter picking around local streets and practical support at community venues such as Horfield Library.
It didn’t stop there; volunteers from all over Bristol served across 25 different communities around Bristol throughout the week.
At a quick glance…
Volunteers gave over 18,300 hours of their time as part of Hope Bristol
15 different family fun events took place across North, East, Central and South Bristol
Teams of volunteers completed around 170 different ‘community projects’
9 events for senior citizens took place across the city during the week
There were BBQs, football coaching sessions, kids clubs, & Make Lunch clubs, car washes, youth events, a family movie afternoon and more...
And, everything was FREE!
A huge thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the events across the weekend, referred a project to us or got stuck in as a volunteer!
The vision of Bristol Noise charity has remained the same: ‘showing God’s love in practical ways’.
Why not consider connecting with one of the local churches involved and see what is going on throughout the year? Contact the Bristol Noise office on 0117 9791399 or go to www.thenoise.org.uk or www.facebook.com/bristolnoise to keep up date and see more photos and videos from this year’s activities.