February 2024: Your Opinion

Frenchay 10k is back  

THIS year’s Frenchay 10k race, sponsored yet again by Star Legal Fishponds, is taking place on Sunday April 14, at UWE Blackberry Hill, with the race starting at 11am. 

Our two nominated charities are suicide prevention UK and Freewheelers EVS (blood bikes).

Entries are now open online at Frenchay10k.co.uk.

Our first 500 finishers will receive a much sought-after commemorative mug!

The race, we believe, is the oldest of its kind in the UK, and is very popular with runners of all abilities from across Bristol and the wider area.

We look forward to yet another successful race, raising thousands of pounds for our charities in the process. 

Dave Guyatt, 

Race Director

Bus shelter in place

A NEW bus shelter has been installed in Northcote Road, Mangotsfield.

It has taken a while of me lobbying South Glos Council to have this bus shelter erected, but it is now in place to give protection from the wind and rain to passengers waiting for the number 49 bus onward to Emersons Green shopping centre.

 Michael Bell

Ward and parish councillor

Staple Hill & Mangotsfield

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Women from across the Bristol area met at City Hall for last year’s celebration event. 

BRISTOL Women’s Voice is once again hosting its fantastic free flagship annual event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The celebration takes place at City Hall and on College Green on Saturday March 2, from 10am-5pm.

Everyone is welcome, so bring your partners, friends, families and people from the community.  There is something for everyone, with over 50 activities showcasing women speakers, organisations and accessible activities that cover movement, art, film, debate, sport, employment, well-being and more.

Our International Women’s Day Celebration mobilises more than 300 Bristol women volunteering to make this event truly special. 

City Hall is a fully accessible location and to make the event open to all, there will be a crèche, interpretation and BSL.

FirstBus have also donated free bus passes, available from info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk.

Panel discussion subjects include global feminisms, women in the built environment, women and health, the caring economy as well as breaking the barriers to women in sports.

Speakers confirmed so far include Bristol Rovers, Bristol Bears, and West of England Mayor Dan Norris.

You can learn to make a podcast with Ujima Radio, get involved with Black Women’s Theatre with Breathing Fire, take part in armchair yoga, get involved in crafting as protest or have your voice heard at the open mic space or the older women and the younger women’s forums.

There really is something for everyone.

For more information visit the website www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk.

Bristol Women’s Voice works to make women’s equality a reality in Bristol through campaigning, connecting, and celebrating.

Claire Charras

Bristol Women’s Voice

Support is a call away for carers

CARING for someone can be difficult and lonely, but Carers Support Centre is here to help.

Carers Support Centre’s CarersLine is a free, confidential information and support service for unpaid carers.

Whether you’ve been caring for years, or you’re new to caring, the friendly voices on CarersLine can give you practical advice or just a sympathetic ear to talk to.

Last year we talked to over 3,000 carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, all with different challenges and different caring responsibilities.

Our experienced team can give you support and advice about almost anything related to caring, including: Breaks from caring; Ways of looking after yourself; Information about benefits and debt; Where carers can go to get specialist help; Juggling work and care; Where to start in getting help at home; Support for carers in GP practices and hospital; Aids and adaptations; Guidance with form filling and where to go for further help; Managing other people’s affairs.

Our CarersLine is open from 10am-1pm on Monday to Friday and 2pm-4pm Monday to Thursday (closed on bank holidays),

Call 0117 965 2200 or email carersline@carerssupportcentre.org.uk.

Adrian Robson

Carers Support Centre