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Let’s connect with our neighbours at Christmas and build resilience

Age Friendly Streets
Bristol-based, Age Friendly Streets campaign encourages people in Bristol to reach out to their neighbours during the festive season.Activities range from looking after parcels ordered on the Web to mince pies in the street.Launched in September in Bristol, Age Friendly Streets is a neighbours’ campaign for mixing generations, and is run by Streets Alive, the national UK street party organisation, based in Bristol.

Chris Gittins, Streets Alive director, says: “Since we launched Age Friendly Streets we have found that there is a lot more neighbourliness going on in streets than we had thought, and Christmas is a key time of the year for it. Christmas does not need to be a lonely time. People can come together across the generations and help each other out.”

Chris Gittins adds: “The complexity of challenges such as the recession, ageing population, social diversity and climate change cannot be resolved by the conventional machinery available to local and national government. Nor does the power to tackle them lie with individuals’ private lives alone. There is then a need to build a new resilience and collective capacity within communities to help respond to these shared challenges.”

The Age Friendly Streets campaign has a host of ideas to reduce isolation and mix the ages. See more on the Age Friendly Streets website.

Streets Alive offers free make-it-happen toolkit for neighbourliness and telephone advice for seasonal get-together information. Call: 0117 922 5708 (office hours).

Here are a few ideas to boost neighbourliness resilience at Christmas

• Hold a mince pie get-together – invite some neighbours round for a drink, mulled wine and a
mince pie, even at short notice. You could either drop a note round, or just invite some in person.
• Drop a Christmas card off to someone you may know
• Offer to keep an eye on houses and pets of neighbours who are away
• Hold a street carol sing-along
• Offer a drink or cuppa on New Year’s Eve or Day

Follow Streets Alive on Twitter @streetsaliveuk and on Facebook.

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Learn to crochet gloves with one blue finger….

We would like to invite you to take part in ‘Blue Fingers’, a meeting between the horticulturalists and handicrafters of Bristol to raise awareness of an important agricultural resource and gain skills and/or knowledge to protect land of this quality and significance in the future. We are looking for 10 growers and 10 crafters to be involved in this event. Could one of them be you?

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Temwa is hiring a part-time Events Coordinator

Temwa is looking for a part-time Events Coordinator.  The successful candidate will be honest, confident, have a passion for international development, and in particular the development of Malawi.

Job Title: Events Coordinator

Location: Temwa Office, Portland Square

Closing Date: 31st December 2014

Start Date: 16th February 2015

Duration of work: 3 days a week

Salary: £18,500 pro-rata

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International Women’s Day 2015 Workshop

Date for your diary for International Women’s Day 2015. Speakers will include a Nicaraguan Fairtrade sesame producer and Easton Cowgirls on their visit to Palestine plus performers from Gathering Voices.

Date : Sat 7 March

Time : 7  to 11pm

Venue: Meanwhile Space, St Catherine’s Precinct Entrance via Mill Lane, Bedminster.

Tickets:  £5 tbc

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Open-hearted Intelligence for the Benefit of All – Talks for Women

Intelligence for the Benefit of All – Talks for Women

Friday 28 November 7-8pm

Venue: The Relaxation Centre, 9 All Saints Rd, Clifton, BS82JG

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Avon Wildlife Trust Christmas Events Volunteers

Do you care about the natural world? Do you want to gain experience in public engagement? Avon Wildlife Trust is dedicated to inspiring people about the natural world and we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to represent Avon Wildlife Trust during the festive period at Cadbury Garden Centre. We would like to train volunteers to run support activities for families at events attended by our membership recruiters or staff.  Interested?


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Oxfam Bristol Fundraising Group Members

Oxfam’s Fundraising Groups are teams of volunteers who work together to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s work worldwide. Fundraising activities can be anything and everything – from coffee mornings to treasure hunts, sponsored walks to music events. We are currently looking to create a fresh new group in Bristol, and need your help to make it happen.

Your skills and contribution here in Bristol will help Oxfam to support others around the world. So join us today. We’ll be on hand to help and support you every step of the way.

Lift one person through Oxfam, and they will lift others. Before long, whole communities are feeling the impact. With your help we can start a chain reaction today; helping to lift more lives for good.

Location: Bristol and surrounding areas

Hours/days: 1 – 4 hours a week, at times to suit you!

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Raleigh International Citizen Service team leader

Raleigh International is currently recruiting team leaders, aged 23 and over, to support our programmes in Nicaragua, India and Tanzania.

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK government funded development programme. It brings together volunteers from the UK and developing countries to make a difference in some of the poorest communities around the world.

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Celebrate Cycling with Life Cycle at North Bristol Arts Trail

Roll up, roll up! Life Cycle is opening up its workspace in the non-secure area of Horfield Prison as part of the North Bristol Arts Trail on 29th & 30th November for a refurbished bike sale and bike art extravaganza!

Come and visit Life Cycle’s bicycle recycling project as we open up our workspace in the non-secure area of Horfield Prison over the weekend of 29rd & 30th November for a special weekend of bicycle themed artwork, sale of refurbished bikes – and collection of unwanted bikes to recycle – as part of the North Bristol Arts Trail.

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Prepare for Change – What is Community Resilience?

The Schumacher Institute is running a free-of-charge workshop exploring ‘community resilience’. This term means different things to different people. For local authorities the emphasis can often be on infrastructure and emergency planning, strengthening defences and restoring order. For social workers and voluntary organisations it often means building relationships and knowledge, understanding personal dependencies and needs.

At the Create Centre on 9 December from 1.30pm – 4pm.

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