Bristol Noise hosting annual volunteer event

April 24 2015

A THOUSAND people from across Bristol are expected be using their May bank holiday weekend to give something back to the city.

A THOUSAND people from across Bristol are expected be using their May bank holiday weekend to give something back to the city.

Bristol Noise – which works in urban communities to help meet local needs – will be hosting its annual volunteering event, 'The Noise', which has been running since 2001.

Local people will be rolling up their sleeves, putting on a blue 'The Noise' t-shirt and getting stuck in to a number of good deeds, including digging gardens, picking litter, painting community centres, making cream teas for senior citizens, putting on free football coaching, and running family fun afternoons across the city.

Volunteers from churches, schools and communities will be doing positive things in Horfield, Barton Hill, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Manor Farm, Southmead, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, and Easton.

Esther Legg-bagg, Noise coordinator, said: “850 people volunteered last year, and they gave nearly 8,000 hours of volunteer time.

“Over a third of the volunteers were children and young people – it’s fantastic to see them getting stuck in.

“Together, we completed over 100 community transformation projects like rescuing people’s gardens from brambles, painting murals and picking litter, along with running free banquets for senior citizens, family fun afternoons, football tournaments and loads more.”

This year, The Noise will run from May 2-4. Everything that goes on over the weekend is free, with the family fun afternoons including free bouncy castles and inflatable games, face painting, football tournaments, a craft zone, a café area, and an all-afternoon roadshow, including a talent show.

For the times and locations for the free family fun afternoons, visit: www.thenoise.org.uk/weekend. If interested in volunteering, register online at: www.thenoise.org.uk/volunteer.