Volunteers from Baptist Churches will be among hundreds of Bristol people using their May bank holiday weekend (29 April -1 May) to give something back to the city.
The 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 partners with the Police, local Neighbourhood Partnerships, Bristol City Council, 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.
The year the Noise is the largest yet; with volunteers from churches, schools and communities undertaking practical projects in Ashley/St Pauls, Barton Hill, Brentry, Easton, Horfield, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Manor Farm, Southmead, Sea Mills, Shirehampton, Upper Horfield, Fishponds and Knowle West.
Last year, over 900 people volunteered over the weekend, giving thousands of hours of volunteer time. People of all ages were involved, from children as young as five to those over eighty years old!
Stewart North (part of the core team and chair of Bristol Noise charity) from Horfield, explains: “The Noise tagline is ‘showing God’s love in practical ways’. As the majority of Noise volunteers are Christians, we want to express our faith in real ways on this weekend and throughout the year. We want to meet the needs that exist in our urban estate communities and celebrate the good stuff going on. Particularly in the face of large budget cuts our communities need to know they matter and they are loved. Whether it is litter picking, playing football or painting fences we hope to show our city and it’s communities some love and hope.”
The Noise takes place from 29 April – 1 May, and everything that happens over the weekend is completely FREE! There will be 11 different local Family Fun Afternoons, these include inflatable games, face painting, a craft zone, a café area, and much more. There really is something for everyone! Also, four senior citizen events including a 3 course banquet at Ebenezer Church in Horfield for over 80 local senior citizens. It is a weekend for all ages and backgrounds!