Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and action newsletter

Post date 22 May 2020

Update from Easton Community Centre, Felix Road Adventure Playground and Up Our Street
22 May 2020
Up Our Street, Summer 2020 special edition
Up Our Street and Vocalise magazine have joined forces to bring you a special summer 2020 edition of the magazine. We have produced a directory of support and advice, with submissions from 57 organisations, groups and projects from across Bristol. Each listing is “tagged” with a category to give general indication of what support they provide.
Alongside the listings we have stories from the community, and a couple of activities for the kids.
Barton Hill History group let us use a story from the archives that will have you “hooked”. There’s a mask making art activity from the wonderful Studio Meraki. The Trinity Centre community garden team have created a scavenger hunt challenge and the issue is scattered with feel good stories about people doing wonderful things in our community.
Thank you to St Pauls Advice Centre, Bristol Law Centre, The Network and CHAS Bristol who worked with us on this project; offering funds, expertise, contacts and enthusiasm.
You can view and download the directory here:
Physical copies of the directory are available for those without access to the internet. If you know someone that could benefit, please contact

Up Our Street is compiling and distributing a weekly community newsletter during the height of the coronavirus crisis.

We have collated a list of all the amazing ways organisations in our area are stepping up to help and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in our area of East Bristol. This weekly ebulletin includes resources, messages and online activities. 
If you have something you would like to share then please get in touch; email or you can submit a message or action through our online ebulletin submission form.


We Are Bristol Helpline
Call the We Are Bristol support hotline on 0800 694 0184 open 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. Call the helpline for information and sign posting to a wide range of services and support, if you don’t know where to go or who to ask, call them.
ACORN Coronavirus Community Support
ACORN Community Union is coordinating a fantastic response. Coronavirus Community Support is organising local volunteers to support people in the community who need shopping, prescription collection, post and anything else they may need if they are stuck at home. If you need help or want to volunteer, get in touch.
BS5 community care (COVID-19 Mutual Aid)
These are informal groups which were set up as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. There are around 100 mutual aid groups in BS5, each covering a small number of streets. The groups enable neighbour to neighbour support for anyone affected by the virus. To get in touch with your local street group you can join the Facebook page, email or call the BS5 mutual aid hotline on 07985 237 457.
The Plough Inn, Easton Cowboys and Cowgirls sports and social club 
Free food delivery service for east Bristol during the lockdown. Anyone is welcome to apply for a box - whether vulnerable, self-isolating or struggling financially due to the crisis, as well as front line staff who may be too busy to shop. Apply for a box here
National Food Service Bristol
National Food Service Bristol is collaborating with a number of organisations across the city to provide pre-prepared meals for vulnerable people. The Food Package Helpline: 0117 325 0450. If you or someone you know needs access to food, please call the helpline now. Call any time to leave a message and a volunteer will get back to you between 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Delicious cooked meals delivered frozen for free anywhere in Bristol. They need volunteers - delivery people, phone line managers, qualified cooks. Please email  
Super Supper Club
In response to COVID-19 they have transformed their service and are now offering FREE home-cooked meals for anyone in need in BS5 and surrounding areas. They can deliver locally and offer a takeaway service for people living further away. Find out more on their Facebook page
Can Do Bristol
The Can Do Bristol website has received over 3000 volunteer pledges so far, which demonstrates just how much of a Can Do city Bristol is. The team at Bristol City Council is now actively matching those who have pledged (and completed the registration survey) with needs across the city. Register at today to join the growing Can Do Community.


Wellspring Settlement
Wellspring Settlement is in the process of leafletting areas of Lawrence Hill ward not covered by the mutual aid groups, ensuring they know to come to them for any help they need. Some highlights from this last week include 99 art packs distributed, as well as 115 meals and food parcels. They’ve contacted 85 people through the call centre and befriending service and are supporting 364 people through their social prescribing service. Find out more
Life Cycle, Bikes for key workers
Local charity Life Cycle UK has partnered with Wheels to Work to offer key workers £100 off a refurbished bike – plus a free D lock and lights. This offer helps key workers to commute in a way that is safe, healthy and low-cost. To claim the offer, you must fill out Wheels to Work’s eligibility form. You will then be referred to Life Cycle to choose your bike. To keep people safe, Life Cycle is offering ‘contact free’ collection from their workshop, just off Gloucester Road in Bishopston. For more information contact Find out more
BS5 Mutual Aid Solidarity Fund we have just launched
Donations to the fund will help provide practical support to those affected by COVID-19 as well as supporting projects that help BS5 communities become more resilient. This fund is run by the community and will help ensure mutual aid networks continue to support people during and after the pandemic. Find out more
Bristol Libraries, online resources
Whilst Bristol Libraries are closed this doesn’t stop them providing lots of the same services they provided before lockdown. You can still join the library, loan a range of e-books and audiobooks, read newspapers and magazines. There are a wide range of other online services, theory test mock tests, language courses and more. Find out more
Healthwatch Bristol
Healthwatch Bristol is interested in capturing the experiences of those who are receiving health and social care at home, because they feel that this area has been under-represented in the current intelligence regarding the impact of COVID-19. It’s important that those commissioning and delivering services have the latest information regarding good practice and shortfalls, and more importantly that those receiving care have a platform of representation. Complete the survey here
“The more voices we can represent the better impact our results can have; we believe firmly that this is an important piece of work championing often unheard and vulnerable people.”
Supporting wellbeing through creativity in our local community, Travelling Light Theatre Company
During this difficult time of isolation and social distancing, creativity and imagination are more important than ever to the wellbeing of children and their families. Travelling Light has been focusing on bringing creativity directly into children’s homes and support its local community with meaningful creative opportunities. They have been working with the Wellspring Settlement Family Centre and Barton Hill Activity Club to distribute story-based creative activity boxes to families most in need. They have also been working with their youth theatre participants to deliver online creative activities in their own homes, connecting them with their familiar facilitators through specially recorded songs, stories and drama activities. For more information contact Find out more
Bristol Hospitality Network need new hosts
Bristol Hospitality Network works with destitute asylum seekers in Bristol to provide accommodation and financial support for food and phone credit. Their Welcome Centre is currently closed, and support is being provided by phone. They are looking for new hosts. If interested, please contact For other ways to support BHN, to get help for you or someone you know, or to find out more visit or follow BHN on Facebook
BCfm Radio
BCfm is bringing us as near to normal a live schedule as is possible and wants to help publicise your community support initiatives and do what they can at this difficult time. So, if you either need help or are providing help please contact them via WhatsApp on 07503 725 345 or email and they will do their best to help. Of course, you can listen regularly to their updates and local information on 93.2fm, online, on DAB or via the BCfm Radio free app. 

Councillor Virtual Surgeries
Usually, Easton and Lawrence Hill Councillors hold their monthly surgeries on a Saturday, but they recognise that many people need assistance at the moment, so they will be holding regular surgeries by phone. Queries should be in relation to Council services like housing, education, social care, planning. Issues related to employment and benefits and other national issues should be referred to the relevant agencies or MPs.
One councillor will cover the following days over the next few weeks and can deal with queries from any residents in Easton or Lawrence Hill:
- Cllr. Afzal Shah will cover Mondays 2pm to 4pm on 07789701603
- Cllr. Hibaq Jama will cover Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm on 07786732945
- Cllr. Marg Hickman will cover Fridays 2pm to 4pm on 07967733735
- Cllr. Ruth Pickersgill will cover Saturdays 2pm to 4pm on 07818422871
Councillors can also be contacted at other times, but they thought it would be useful to be able to pass on these surgeries times so isolated residents can feel confident that they can get the support they need.


All events and social gathering have been cancelled across the city, but some have moved online. Here is a list of things we’ve found online to entertain, pass the time and educate, as the weeks go by.
If you are sharing your skills digitally or have any great resources you’ve been using please email
Grand Iftar – Live to your home, community radio collaborates to celebrate the last day of Ramadan
Saturday Night 6pm-10pm
Normally thousands come together on our very own St Marks Road to break the fast and celebrate the end of Ramadan together in one big feast. This year you can join online or listen in on your radio from the comfort of your home. BBC Radio Bristol, BCfm, Ujima, KTCRfm and BSRfm will be broadcasting an evening of community celebration, and you can join BBC Radio Bristol live on Facebook to share food and come together virtually. Find out more
Virtual Peace Feast – Baraka Café and Bridges for Communities
On Friday 29 May, Bridges for Communities will be hosting the first virtual Peace Feast! At a time when we can't get together in person, it's even more important that we find creative ways to connect and to build friendships across the city. With a shared meal, music and guest speakers, this event will be broadcasting live to your living room so that the community can join together from the comfort of our own homes. You can order a takeaway courtesy of Baraka Café or you can cook something at home and join online. All profits from the evening will go towards supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol who are particularly isolated or in need at this time. Find out more
Monthly Chat + Meet with Team100 Easton
Chat & Meet, 28 May, 3.30 to 4.30pm
Join the monthly online meet up using Zoom. A chance to grab a cup of tea and catch up with Team100 volunteers and staff. The theme for this month's chat is 'What does community mean to you?' Everyone is welcome, whether you are interested in volunteering or helping to make a difference in the community. Register here Find out more Contact Heidi Blunden for more info:
CUBAtone-Nitos FREE Fitness and dance class for kids and their families
Local dad Alain is a fully qualified fitness instructor and runs his own dance fitness program. Since the pandemic, he’s developed CUBAtone-nitos – dance/ fitness classes for children and their families. This class is aimed at ALL the family, not just the children. Join Alain and his 8 year old son every Monday morning at 9.30am. They are using the Crowdcast website and every week there will be a new link. Here is the link for Monday 25 May
Bristol Refugee Festival
There's one month to go until the Refugee Week and the beginning of the Bristol Refugee Festival. Due to current circumstance the festival is trying something a little different. From 15 to 21 June the festival will launch a digital programme on the theme of imagine. So keep your eyes peeled for the exciting array of stories they’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Make sure you sign up to their newsletter for the latest updates and detail of how you can get involved:
Spike Island, Film Screening: In Vitro
From 21 to 27 May, you can watch Larissa Sansour’s film In Vitro via the Spike Island website. Spike Island worked with Danish-Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour to produce her new two-channel Arabic language science fiction film In Vitro (2019) for the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Directed with Søren Lind, Sansour’s In Vitro is an otherworldly rumination on memory, history, place and identity featuring internationally-renowned Palestinian actors Hiam Abbass and Maisa Abd Elhadi. Watch In Vitro here
Spike Island, Dream and Make Activity Pack
Artist Laura Phillimore has created an art activity pack that you can download for free via Spike Island. Laura has filled the pack to the brim with ideas and inspiration for making artwork at home using very simple materials. This activity pack is suitable for all ages, but especially well-suited to 5–11 year olds. Download the activity pack here
Issue 1 - 20 March 2020 - PDF icon Weekly update 20_03_20.pdf
Issue 2 - 27 March 2020 - PDF icon Weekly update 27_03_20.pdf
Issue 3 - 3 April 2020 - PDF icon Up Our Street ebulletin 03_04_20.pdf
Issue 4 - 10 April 2020 - PDF icon Weekly update 10_04_20.pdf