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Volunteers needed to support summer reading challenge in local libraries

Posted on Sunday 9th June 2019 at 9:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Space Chase, Summer reading Challenge 2019.

South Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to join the team running Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

Volunteers will spend their time supporting children to do the Summer Reading Challenge, talking with them about the books they’re reading and helping at a range of fun activities in the library. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in communication, team working and creative projects, whilst having fun and making new friends.

Mason, who volunteered last summer, said: “I’ve really enjoyed helping out this summer. It’s been really good to develop my communication and problem-solving skills which I know will definitely be invaluable for me in the future. The excitement of reading that children still have or had gained by the end of the summer reading challenge was a joy to see, and I was glad to be a part of that”.

More than 5,000 children took part in last year’s Summer Reading Challenge helped by 60 volunteers. The theme of this year’s challenge is Space Chase – our super space family, the Rockets, need children’s help to track down books that have been nabbed by Aliens! As children read six library books over the summer they collect special stickers to complete their mission.

Volunteers must be aged 13 or over. The closing date for applications is 30th June.

For more information ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, email or visit

Like ‘South Gloucestershire Libraries’ on Facebook and follow @southgloslibs on Twitter for the latest Space Chase updates.

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 35). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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First aid training for USA-bound Scouts

Posted on Thursday 6th June 2019 at 8:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of two Scouts practising CPR on a dummy.

By Andrew Phelps, Avon Scouts.

Avonation Unit 70 was formed 18 months ago to prepare those who will be attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA in July 2019.

After all the administration tasks and branding, the next thing on the agenda was what training the 40 members (36 young people and four adult leaders) thought would be essential for while they were away. A ‘first response’ first aid course was top of the list and so the leaders made enquiries into venues, instructors and funding.

The instructor was the easy bit, but it could only be held on Easter Sunday. The location was very central in the county being at Little Stoke Scout HQ. Funding was a bit trickier, so the unit applied to the Aviva Community Fund and Tesco Bags of Help.

Tesco replied to say that there were hundreds of applications and the unit probably wouldn’t get through by the time we went off to America, whereas the Aviva Community Fund was a ‘go’ from the start. Both applications went in and Avonation got through the people’s vote and the judges’ vote of the Aviva application and were given money towards their course. Then, a few days later out of the blue, Tesco sent an email to say the unit had been selected and were going to be in every store in the north of Bristol for March and April. The blue token voting has been a close-cut thing for all three applicants and our first aid project will soon find out how much money it is going to receive.

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Skate park skills and creative arts return to community festival

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 5:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Street art zone at the 2018 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

During this year’s festival weekend, Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) youth workers and local young people are repeating and enhancing the successful formula of recent years. The mix of skate park skills and creative arts will include competitions, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions at both the main Community Festival site (on Saturday 8th June) and at the skate park (on Sunday 9th June).

Saturday 8th June

The Jubilee Green side of Saturday’s festival will host, side by side, King Ramps skate park half-pipe and street art sessions, along with information on other BSTC youth work projects.

By popular demand, the street art demos and have-a-go painting sessions return, with artists (The Paintsmiths) working alongside youth workers and young volunteers. In recent years these sessions have proved extremely popular with children and young people, and last year children created about 50 individual pieces of artwork to proudly take home for display. The sessions have also led to community art projects like the large pieces displayed at Bradley Stoke skate park.

The King Ramps half-pipe returns and offers the chance to see some exceptional skate park demonstrations by top BMX, scooter and skateboard pro riders and skaters, as well as regular have-a-go sessions (with some equipment provided), music and an MC.

At the youth work tent, there will be the chance to find out about and discuss other Bradley Stoke youth work projects and developments, as well as signing up for Sunday’s skate park competition.

More: Competition and entertainment at skate park on Sunday »

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Local food bank use up 9 percent year-on-year

Posted on Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 11:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Logo of North Bristol Foodbank.

North Bristol Foodbank has reported another big increase in demand for its service, with 4,536 three-day emergency food parcels handed out to local people between April 2018 and March 2019.

The local figures feed into a larger national picture, with a record increase in food bank use across the UK being reported by the Trussell Trust, a national charity which coordinates the UK’s only nationwide network of food banks.

The figures from North Bristol Foodbank represent a 9 percent increase on the same period last year. The organisation has also highlighted a 30 percent increase in usage between January and April 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier.

The charity believes the local increase is mainly due to people struggling with continued issues with Universal Credit, although it points out that it is not the only benefit payment people referred to the food bank have experienced problems with.

The food bank has needed to give emergency food and support to people who are waiting at least five weeks for a first Universal Credit payment, people who are unable to access support and people who receive payments that don’t cover the cost of essentials.

Matt Dobson, food bank manager of North Bristol Foodbank, said:

“No one in North Bristol should need a food bank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. It doesn’t have to be this way – our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty. Universal Credit should be part of the solution but currently the five-week wait is leaving many without enough money to cover the basics. This isn’t right.”

“Until we reach a future where food banks are no longer needed, we’ll continue to provide vital support when it matters most. We’re dedicated to ensuring that people in our community without enough money for food are able to access emergency support. Our vital work in the community has only been possible in the last year because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds. Thank you.”

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