Most of us start the year with intentions to do something good, make a change, get into better habits. So with that in mind, here are some ways you can make a difference on your doorstep.
Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments, or tell us what you’ve been doing to help your neighbours and make Bristol that bit better!
- Clean Up Bristol Harbour
Get out on the boats and help pick up litter from around the harbour.
- Edible Bristol
Tend the community gardens around the city and get involved with events.
- Windmill Hill City Farm
Volunteer at the cafe, help with the animals, in the garden or at events.
- St Werburghs City Farm
Various jobs helping out, from mucking out animals to site maintenance.
- Bristol Zoo
Tons of options, including a learning ranger, gardener, or volunteer keeper!
- Good Gym
Go for a group run then do a community project – double feel-good points!
- Park litter picks
Find a local group, or start your own litter picking posse!
- Community Gardens
Get green-fingered at a local garden, or pop along to Golden Hillin Horfield, Trinityin Old Market, Patchwork in Bedminster, Blaise or Easton.
- One Tree Per Child
Plant trees across Bristol and get involved in their latest campaign.
- Julian Trust
Volunteer at their night shelter, or get involved with fundraising activities.
- Bristol Drugs Project
I’ve taken part in their youth mentoring project, but you can also lead youth groups and get involved with various other projects.
- Second Step
Be a mentor or befriender to people with mental health problems, or be part of one of the activity groups run by the chairty.
- The Big Issue
Do your part at their local distribution centre, and help raise awareness.
- Brandon Trust
Be a volunteer buddy or appropriate adult, or help out in one of their shops.
Distribute food to those who need it most – donate food, fundraise or be a volunteer for their food centres & delivery services.
Help provide those in need with furniture & homewares – lots of volunteer roles including driving, bookkeeping, mending furniture and cooking.
- Bristol Bike Project
Join their workshop team or help run groups & courses for those less privileged in the city.
- Food Cycle
Get involved in one of their many volunteer projects to reduce food waste & food poverty.
- Contact the Elderly
Spend time with elderly people who feel lonely or isolated.
Give young SEN children support by providing skills & fun learning environments.
- The Cinnamon Trust
They always need volunteer dog walkers and pet sitters for the elderly.
Join a community
- The Cube Cinema
A volunteer-run community cinema in Stokes Croft with a great programme of events, so you can be an usher, work behind the bar or help with maintenance.
Share your time, skills and knowledge with those who need it near you.
- Neighourhood forums
Find a variety of local community projects, partnerships & groups on the City Council website.
Handy site for finding & starting projects to collaborate with your neighbours.
- Bristol Pound
Use our local currency to support independent businesses (they’re also really pretty).
- Street Bank
Share items with your neighbours, or find out if they have what you need!
Take part in meet ups & activities, host visitors for free or show them around this lush city of ours!
An app to donate surplus food or use it; you can also volunteer to spread the word about their service, or suggest that your workplace donates any leftovers.
This is a quick and cheap way to do something kind – a suspended coffee is when you pay for an extra coffee which can then be given to someone in need who can’t afford one. Here is a list of places in town currently involved in the scheme:
- Cafe Lazz, Gloucester Road
- Cafe Vero, City Centre
- Cornish Bakehouse (The Galleries)
- Edna’s Kitchen, Castle Park
- Five Grains, City Centre
- The Kitchen (also do suspended food), City Centre
- Playground Coffee Co, City Centre
- Poco, Stokes Croft
- Roll for the Soul, City Centre
- Tinto Lounge, Gloucester Road