Coronavirus (COVID-19) support and action newsletter

Post date 27 March 2020

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.

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Issue 2 - 27 March 2020 - PDF icon Weekly update 27_03_20.pdf


Can Do Bristol
The Can Do Bristol digital platform has come into its own over the last couple of weeks. 1,000 have registered on the site to volunteer their help to the Bristol community during this challenging time. The Community Resources Team is coordinating this city-wide volunteering programme and will be linking volunteers up with project across the city in the coming weeks. Register at today to join the growing Can Do Community. Give, Live, Love Bristol.
ACORN Coronavirus Community Support
ACORN Community Union is also 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. Find out more
BS5 Community Care (Covid-19 Mutual Aid)
An informal group for the BS5 Community to rally around, show solidarity and support those that need it in our neighbourhood. People offering help, you can sign up to help via Facebook.
The Dings       
Our wonderful Place Maker Melissa has set up a WhatsApp group for anyone in The Dings wanting to help vulnerable residents during this crisis. They offer support and distribute essential items to those who cannot get them themselves. Contact Melissa if you can help or know someone in the area that needs help
Food for vulnerable people
National Food Service Bristol are collaborating with Super Supper Club and Baggator to provide pre-prepared meals for vulnerable people. If you don't have cooking facilities and are struggling to get food for yourself, please email for more information.
St Marks Community Cafe Foodbank, St Marks Road, Easton BS5
St Marks Community Café food bank will continue to operate from St Marks church. New opening times are: Wednesdays 11.30am to 2pm and Fridays 1pm to 4pm. Please bring your voucher and you will be handed your bag(s) from the garden outside the cafe.
VOSCUR Resources for those self-organising and working with volunteers
VOSCUR have put together lots of fantastic resources including; risk assessment tools, advice in different languages, data protection and more. Find out more


Babbasa is still here
Babbasa are still offering 1:1 and group support to young people over the phone and via video chat to help them get through this tough period and work towards their dream career.  If you know a young person (aged 16-25) that would benefit from their support, please get in touch with Pravanya at Babbasa needs your support more than ever. Please donate if you are able to, it will help minimise disruption to the support given to local young people and their families.
Bristol City Council, stay safe while helping others
Neighbourhoods and communities are giving vital support to people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). Many of those who are self-isolating are vulnerable people. It’s important to act safely when helping others and consider any safeguarding risks. You can find details about how to stay safe while helping others there are also video guidance on staying safe while helping other people in: Urdu, Punjabi, Kurdish, Arabic, Polish, Bengali and Somali Find out more
Bristol Energy Network
Anyone self-isolating from today can get help from their energy supplier if you're running into difficulties. Online advice is available via their website or call the free phone number: 0800 082 2234.
BCfm Radio
BCfm are bringing us as near to normal a live schedule as is possible and want 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.
Bristol Health Watch – Health watch can help you, despite lockdown
Don't feel confused or cut off – the team realises you have questions and are here to help you. Whether you need help finding important health information, or putting in touch with local community support teams, their friendly team will offer help you can trust. Either call 07944369180 or email Find out more
Bristol Waste – Recycling Centres closed, and garden waste collect suspended
Bristol’s Household Reuse & Recycling Centres have closed, and garden waste collection suspended, to continue to protect the safety of both the public and staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Visiting a recycling centre is not among the reasons included for people to leave their homes under the latest Covid-19 guidance issued by the government. Everyone is being asked to delay DIY projects which may generate additional waste or recycling and residents are also encouraged to compost their garden waste at home. Find out more
Bristol Women’s Voice
Bristol Womens Voice have started a Covid-19 signposting page on their website. The page contains links to organisations around Bristol supporting women through these unprecedented times. If you offer a service specifically for women, then get in touch. Find out more
CASS (Community Access Support Service)
CASS are concentrating on changes to mental health service delivery, and collated all changes to a variety of services in an online directory. Find out more
Fareshare Southwest - Emergency appeal
As the Covid-19 pandemic sends shockwaves through our communities, FareShare South West is now at the centre of an emergency operation to get food to the most vulnerable in our city. They have launched an emergency appeal for funds to pay for added costs of cleaning, fuel, logistical and food sourcing costs. Give what you can. Please donate
Foodcycle Bristol -Food parcel delivery service, self-referral form for the vulnerable
Every Saturday from 4 April, 11am to 1pm, Barton Hill Settlement

FoodCycle have had to change their usual way of serving the community due to the coronavirus outbreak and will be trialling the delivery of food parcels in Bristol using their amazing cycling volunteers. Two volunteers will pack food parcels at Barton Hill Settlement, and cyclists will deliver these parcels using a FoodCycle trailers to people in the local area. If you’re unable to go shopping due to illness, self-isolation or other reasons due to the coronavirus, please fill out the form in the link to sign up for a food parcel on a Saturday. Referral form linkContact Alex Hatherly  or Call 07377 866335.

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
Singing for Wellbeing – Wellspring Healthy Living Centre group moves online
The popular Singing for Wellbeing group that takes place at the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Barton Hill can't meet and the moment.  So teacher Emma has moved online. The YouTube video includes warm ups, breathing exercises and two songs for you to sing along to. Find out more
StoryZOOM - The Greenbank
Sunday 29 March, 7.15pm to 8.30pm

STORYPUB at The Greenbank, Easton, has moved online! You are welcome to join a curated hour of stories for your Sunday evening, coming to a laptop, iPad or phone near you. There will be four storytellers, each telling a story each. Grab your cat, partner, housemate, cup of tea, pizza or Sunday dinner & experience an hour of joyful companionship, reflection and sharing with us. Check out the event page on Facebook for more info about how to join online.
The Creative Box
This free activity pack has been created by local artists to provide arts-based activities for adults and children during the the Covid-19 pandemic. They want to offer ‘a little fun to help you and your children get through what is a tough time for all of us.’ They have collaborated with artists from many disciplines including illustrators, designers, musicians, dancers, writers and more to create a range of activities which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Find out more
Team100 Easton - Chat and Meet ONLINE
Team100 Easton are holding their monthly ‘Chat and Meet’ session online using the Zoom App. Put the kettle on and join them for a chat and a cup of tea, they’d love to see you! This month the chat theme is: ‘What hobby have you always wanted to try?” Team100 Easton is a community-led volunteering project supporting sport and physical activity groups. Join their Facebook group to find out more
Issue 1 20 March 2020 - PDF icon Weekly update 20_03_20.pdf