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What can we do to help? Inspiring way to start 2018

Published on: 22 Dec 2017

AFTER the indulgences of Christmas, many people want to do something useful in the new year and for those living in Fishponds, it's no exception.

People from the area are getting together with leading initiatives across Bristol as well as MP Kerry McCarthy to find out how to help those in need in Bristol, whether it’s volunteering at a foodbank, helping out at children’s clubs in the holidays, gardening or fundraising.

Organised by the People’s University of Fishponds (PUF), people can find out about what’s going on and how they can help at an event on Sunday January 28, at the Old Library, Fishponds Road, from 7-9pm.

The ‘University’, which used to meet at the Kingfisher Cafe, has invited Bristol East MP Kerry to speak along with Andy Street, CEO of Fareshare and chair of  Feeding Bristol; Darren Gillett from Fit & Fed, which helps school children at risk of hunger in the holidays; Sara Venn from Incredible Edible; Anna Keen, Hillfields councillor and cabinet member for education; Richard Pollard, Fishponds Foodbank co-ordinator, and Alison Findlay, co-founder of Poverty is Pants.

PUF organiser Kate Brooks said: "The idea of the event is for us to find out a bit more about these initiatives.

"We all read shocking statistics in the papers, like the recent newspaper article that the number of homeless families in Bristol is now twice the national average, but we don’t always know what to do, who to contact or how best to help. So the idea behind this event is to hear from inspiring various groups and projects, and maybe share some ideas - lets start 2018 by making a difference if we can."

Organisers plan to have live music and fresh food at the event, so people can gather and chat. Visitors can even bring any left over non-perishable food items from the festive season and donate them to the foodbank. There is pressure to sign up to any initiatives, guests are welcome to just come along to find out more.

Book your place by emailing (tickets £3.50, profits to Feeding Bristol).  The 'Feeding Bristol' event is part of the People’s University talk series, which will be held throughout 2018 at The Old Library, Fishponds Road. To find out more visit


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