Community cafe replaces One in Eight shop

July 28 2017

Many local residents have been wondering what has become of a stalwart fixture on our high street; the One in Eight charity shop. The folks who are now managing the premises feel it’s time people were put in the picture.

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Many local residents have been wondering what has become of a stalwart fixture on our high street; the One in Eight charity shop. The folks who are now managing the premises feel it’s time people were put in the picture.

North Bristol Community Project (NBCP) is a local grass-roots charity which has been based at 160 Gloucester Road for 34 years. Their aim is to promote well-being and community participation through the delivery of educational courses, leisure activities and volunteer opportunities.

Rita Gupta said: “Our charity shop helped fund some of these activities, however as it wasn’t economically viable over the last few years, we sadly came to the conclusion this January that it had to go. In its place we are hoping to host a vibrant community cafe for local residents to drop in, have a natter and meet their neighbours. We are looking for entrepreneurial folk who might be interested in taking this exciting venture forward.”

The latest range of courses include: IT for Silver Surfers , Thursdays 2-3.30pm, Sewing Bee, Mondays 10.30-12.30, ESOL lunch club Fridays 12-2pm.

If there is demand, they are also open to running an After School Craft Club two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30-6.30pm. The Tuesday group will be for kids aged 8-14, boys as well as girls who would like to learn to use a sewing machine and hand stitch to make their own clothes, customise them (ucpcyling) and a range of other items. The Thursday group will be for those interested in print-making, T-shirt design, painting, drawing, mosaics and collage.

£10 covers the cost of tuition, basic materials, tools and all equipment necessary. Bring your own bits and pieces if you like.  All abilities are welcome.Refreshments are available at £1.50.

NBCP also have a range of rooms available for private hire, co-working spaces to rent, hot-desking and affordable studio space.

On the third Saturday of every month they host a Family friendly Food Fest. The last three have been Latino inspired, which catered  for the large Hispanic diaspora here in Bristol. Future events will celebrate cuisine from all over the world. As well as delicious food, there will be live acoustic music, arts and crafts. If you would like to have a stall or find out more, do get in touch.

nbcp84@gmail.com or ring Rita on 07742377799 or 0117 92462254.

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