The Buzz about Buzz

June 19 2019
The Buzz about Buzz

There’s more to Buzz Lockleaze than meets the eye. As well as the little haven at the bottom of Gainsborough Square where Maria and Tash serve fabulous coffee and delicious food Buzz employs a team who reach out to the wider community.

Carrie Browne continues to support local people towards employment, volunteering or setting up their own businesses. Carrie said “We run a drop-in every Wednesday morning 9.30-12.30 for people who would like 1:1 support to move towards employment. We can work with all members of the community whether they are working or unemployed – everyone is welcome to come for advice and support.”

Pete Godden has recently joined the team for six months to work to help alleviate food poverty in Lockleaze. His main aim is to form an alliance of key local stakeholder organisations who are supporting people suffering from food poverty in the area; in order to share skills, ideas and expertise. The Lockleaze Food Power Alliance aims to positively impact food culture in Lockleaze through the joint provision of a local food power pathway; identifying those at risk and delivering education, advice, access and support to residents facing food poverty. The Alliance is looking into expanding on the current work in the area by working as a partnership to create more ‘Growing, Cooking and Eating Clubs’ for primary school children and ‘Cooking on a Budget’ classes for adults. Furthermore, the Alliance is looking into setting up a Food Club for local residents that are struggling to access affordable healthy food.

The most recent starter is Lynn Collingbourne who is funded by Bristol Ageing Better to develop more activities for local older people and try to encourage them to participate. Two new clubs have started in the Buzz cafe on Thursday afternoons where people can play board games or just “Knit and Knatter”. “We were pleased to welcome new visitors to the cafe at the first session, some of whom rarely leave their homes for social reasons” said Lynn. She is also working with housing colleagues to encourage people living in sheltered accommodation to socialise with their neighbours whilst enjoying some healthy food. Residents of Conder House recently got together to cook and eat an amazing vegetarian curry and are looking forward to their next event.

The Buzz team are also working together to relaunch the cafe and shop following feedback from local people. As well as offering more fresh fruit and vegetables the range of dry goods sold by weight has expanded including muesli and quinoa. Pete said “We are aiming to become plastic free by selling reusable glass jars for customers to take produce home in and bring back for their next shop. Alternatively people can bring their own containers or we can supply paper bags.” The shop is now open until 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and it is hoped that this will be extended further soon. We are also pleased to be able to offer hire of the cafe and a beautiful garden room at low cost – pop in to see what is available and find out more.

Helen Ball, Chair of the Buzz Lockleaze Board said “These recent changes are having a positive effect on our income which will help the shop and cafe to survive at a time when many of the big chains are closing. We are planning a celebration for our birthday in July and we hope local residents will come and join us.”

Watch this space for more information or contact admin@buzzlockleaze.co.uk. The work of Buzz Lockleaze is supported by local volunteers, including management of the organisation through our Board of Directors. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us please contact Lynn on 0117 2690006 or lynn@buzzlockleaze.co.uk .