Your Neighbourhood – consultation on changes to local services

This is an important consultation that shares proposals for how Bristol City Council could deliver local services with a reduced budget. Libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols, Neighbourhood Partnerships and Bristol Community Links are all covered in the proposals.

Together the savings amount to just over £4.7m. The City Council is encouraging you to give your views on their initial proposals.

For alternative formats or paper copies of the survey please email consultation@bristol.gov.uk or call 0117 922 2848, though please note these are costly and must be limited to people who really need them.

This is an open and inclusive consultation process to help decide how best to deliver Full Council’s agreed budget savings. The feedback received from the surveys, along with the views of other local groups and partners and the results of Equalities Impact Assessments, will be taken into consideration in developing a set of final proposals.

The consultations are available at www.bristol.gov.uk/yourneighbourhood and run until Tuesday 5 September.

 

Have your say – reductions to the Supporting People Budget

You may be aware that at the Full Council meeting in Bristol on 21 February a decision was made to reduce the Supporting People budget by £1.8million. This represents a reduction of 25% of the current funding.

A 12 week consultation period has started to obtain views on the proposals and options developed on how to make the savings. This will be open until 5 September.

Services funded by the Supporting People budget are wide ranging and help people with many different things. They support people to remain living independently in their communities and avoid people becoming eligible for statutory care services and include services such as:

  • supported accommodation for people with mental health issues or a learning difficulty
  • sheltered housing warden and alarm services
  • welfare advice services
  • “floating support” that supports people in their own homes for older people, people with mental health and learning difficulties.

The easiest way to have your say is via the online survey which is available here www.bristol.gov.uk/supportingpeople

 

Are you passionate about social justice? Bristol Cathedral and the Diocese of Bristol are exploring establishing a Social Justice Network – and they need your involvement.

A recent Church of England report highlighted social responsibility as being at the heart of the Gospel. The vision for the Social Justice Network is to see if we can be greater than the sum of our parts by looking beyond the parish and making connections with others: to learn, to see the bigger picture, and to gain encouragement. It is primarily aimed a Christians across the Diocese, but is open to those of all faiths and none. If you are interested in finding out more see: http://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/social-justice/

 

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children – Donations needed – The City Council is calling for the participation of faith groups in helping them to create a wraparound approach to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children coming to Bristol and helping to fill in the gaps where Social Services and the Council are stretched. In this first phase of help they would welcome any donations of the following:

  • Laptops
  • Phones
  • Bikes, bike helmets and locksIf you are also trained in one of the following and would like to offer any of these services free to unaccompanied minors contact rachel.molano@bristol.gov.uk.
  • All of which can be dropped off at the Children’s Services Reception during office hours and marked for the attention of James Beardsall. Please bear in mind that the majority of the unaccompanied minors are aged 15-18 so they are not looking for young children’s bikes etc. The address is: Children’s Services Reception B Bond, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN
  • Driving lessons
  • Outward Bounds courses
  • Teaching English as a foreign language

 

 

YMCA Bristol Hostel Appeal  YMCA Bath Group is raising money to create safe accommodation for homeless young people in Bristol. The organisers believe that every young person should have a safe place to stay. In Bristol, more and more young people do not have this. They are converting the Old Police Headquarters on Bridewell Street in Bristol city centre into a hostel that will provide accommodation for 72 young people each year. As government finances come under pressure, young people are finding it harder and harder to find safe accommodation when they are in crisis. Once built, our hostel will be entirely self-funding through commercial accommodation in the same building. Not only does this make it financially sustainable, but it also creates a non-stigmatising, non-institutional setting for the homeless young people that will stay there. They need your support to make this happen. Please donate through this page: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/bathymca/ymcabristolIf you would like to discuss other ways of giving please get in touch with Ben Silvey at bensilvey@bristolymca.co.uk or 07881 244 953.

 

 

b.friend – befriending asylum seekers and refugees the b.friend craft collective! Join 8 asylum seeking women and fellow volunteers in central Bristol to create and build community on Saturday afternoons. Help make beautiful things for the collective to sell! Minimum commitment of 2 Saturdays a month. Contact Sam on sam@b-friend.org.uk to find out more.

Could someone in your faith community spare an hour and a half once a fortnight to befriend an isolated asylum seeker or refugee in Bristol? Sam Sayer, project manager for b.friend is looking for new volunteers who would like to befriend someone from another culture and show God’s love practically to those on the margins. Befriending will involve listening, helping with English and spending time enjoying Bristol together. More Information see: www.bridgesforcommunities.com  For more details and to book a place please contact Sam: sam@b-friend.org.uk/07759 293884.