What's that Noise? Bristol Volunteers make an Impact

facebookprofileThe Noise is an enormous volunteering event run every year by Bristol churches since 2001. Each May Bank Holiday, rain or shine, local people roll up their sleeves, put on a blue T-shirt and get stuck in. They dig gardens and pick litter, paint community centres, make cream teas for senior citizens, put on free football coaching, and run family fun afternoons across the city.

The Noise keeps on getting louder. It began with just 30 volunteers working in Lockleaze. This year volunteers from churches, schools and communities will be doing positive things in Barton Hill, Horfield, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Manor Farm, Southmead, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Upper Horfield, and – for the first time – Easton.

Last year, 850 people volunteered over the weekend, giving over 7,000 hours of volunteer time. Who were they? People of all ages from local churches and communities; children, adults and younger people who wanted to do something positive, including nearly 250 local teenagers. Staff and students from Oasis Academy Brightstowe got stuck in; School Chaplain Nikky Mungeam, said, “Taking part on the Saturday had a big impact on the students and staff that were involved.” 

Noise Co-ordinator, Esther Legg-Bagg from Horfield, explains, “We talk about The Noise as ‘showing God’s love in practical ways’. We believe that God loves and cares about all these communities in Bristol and wants us to get involved and help out where there are real needs to be met. Whether it’s picking up litter, playing football with young people or hacking back brambles in the rain, we want to show our communities some practical love, and anyone else who’d like to join in is very welcome!”

The Noise takes place from 3-5 May, and everything that goes on over the weekend is completely free. The family fun afternoons include free bouncy castles and inflatable games, face painting, a craft zone, a café area, and an all-afternoon roadshow including a talent show.

Saturday 3rd May
Easton Fun Afternoon – Rawnsley Park, Easton – 2.30-4.30pm
Horfield Fun Afternoon – Horfield Common (opposite Leisure Centre) – 2.30-4.30pm
Sea Mills Fun Afternoon – Sea Mills Square – 2.30-4.30pm
 
Sunday 4 May

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Lawrence Weston Fun Afternoon – Lawrence Weston Baptist Church, Long Cross – 3-5pm
Lockleaze Fun Afternoon – Gainsborough Square – 3-5pm
 
Monday 5 May
Barton Hill Fun Afternoon – Urban Park, Barton Hill – 2.30-4.30pm
Southmead Fun Afternoon – Glencoyne Square, Southmead – 2.30-4.30pm
 
The Noise partners with the Police, local Neighbourhood Partnerships, Bristol City Council, and many other community-based organisations and residents to make the weekend one to remember, and one which will have a positive and long-term impact. Look out for the blue T-shirts, and have fun!
 
More details about The Noise weekend’s events are online at www.thenoise.org.uk/weekend and you can register as a volunteer at www.thenoise.org.uk/volunteer.

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