The last year has been incredibly tough for everyone, which has got us (and we’re sure many of you) thinking about ways to give back in 2021. We’ve rounded up some brilliant Bristol causes to get behind, whether you want to offer your time, make a donation or show them some love on social media.

Pay It Forward

Find ways to ‘Pay It Forward’ and support the city’s attractions, museums, restaurants, hotels and other businesses in these tough times for the tourism and hospitality industry.

TAP for Bristol

Have you spotted TAP for Bristol’s contactless donation points around the city centre? Organised by Bristol City Centre BID in partnership with Caring in Bristol, these offer a quick and easy way to raise money for local frontline services tackling homelessness.

Woman holding card up to TAP for Bristol donation point in Bristol

Image - Bristol City Centre BID

Caring in Bristol

Caring in Bristol is helping solve homelessness in Bristol with campaigns around prevention and emergency support, like Cheers Drive – the UK’s first ever free food delivery service for the homeless.

Help Bristol’s Homeless

Help Bristol’s Homeless is dedicated to finding safe, stable and comfortable accommodation for people experiencing homelessness. Right now they provide temporary accommodation for more than 15 residents until they can move on to a more permanent home. 

Billy Chip

The Billy Chip is a token you buy for £2 and can then give to someone experiencing homelessness. They can redeem the token for a takeaway drink in local cafes and restaurants displaying the Billy Chip sign. The concept was the idea of Billy Abernethy-Hope, whose family set up the initiative in his memory after his tragic death.

Feeding Bristol

Working with other local organisations, Feeding Bristol aims to tackle food insecurity in the city. Their work includes the Healthy Holidays project, feeding hungry children and alleviating pressure on their families during the summer holidays.

Bristol Food Union

Formed of local indie restaurants, food businesses and community organisations, Bristol Food Union helped keep the city’s most vulnerable well fed throughout 2020.

FareShare South West

As part of the country’s largest food charity, FareShare South West fights food waste and hunger. They take quality, in date surplus food and distribute it to local charities, schools and community groups.

FoodCycle

Make a donation to keep Bristol FoodCycle’s cook and collect service going or help out as a volunteer. They provide free, nutritious cooked meals to people in the community using surplus food.

Trussell Trust

Check out where your nearest food banks are on the Trussell Trust website.

The Grand Appeal

The Grand Appeal is the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity which supports NHS staff, young patients and their families. All profits from the Gromit Unleashed shop go to the charity.

Until the end of February, 10p from every in-app purchase of the 'Gromit' premium pack on The Big Fix Up – Aardman's first-of-its-kind AR adventure with Wallace & Gromit – will go to The Grand Appeal too.

Characters from Wallace and Gromit's The Big Fix Up AR game

Image - Aardman Animations 

Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond raises money for Bristol city centre hospitals, with an ongoing Covid-19 appeal to support NHS staff during these challenging times.

Stand Against Racism & Inequality

This Bristol-based charity helps victims of hate crime and discrimination across the South West, providing them with emotional and practical support. 

Bristol Pride

The organisers behind the annual Bristol Pride celebration also work year round to challenge homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and promote equality and diversity, for all. Check out their list of local and national LGBT+ resources for more groups supporting the community too.

Off The Record

A mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. They run a huge variety of projects, from mentoring and one-to-one therapies to a book club and yoga classes.

Suicide Prevention Bristol

A leading suicide prevention charity helping anyone with thoughts of suicide via phone, social media and out in the community.

Changes Bristol

Changes Bristol provides peer support groups (mostly online right now) for anyone aged 18 or over, offering a safe and friendly space for people to share any worries they might have.

Marmalade Trust

The Marmalade Trust raises awareness of loneliness as well as helping people make new friendships. They’re currently looking for Winter Companions to make weekly telephone calls to their members throughout February and March.

Art Refuge UK

Bristol-based Art Refuge UK uses art and art therapy to support the mental health and wellbeing of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and poverty. They’ve also launched Corona Quilt as a creative way to bring people together during the pandemic.

Penny Brohn UK

Founded by Bristol local Penny Brohn 40 years ago, this charity helps people with cancer live as well as possible in every area of their lives – before, during and after treatment.

St Peter’s Hospice

St Peter’s Hospice provides care and support to adults who are living with a progressive life-limiting illness in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset area.

The Bristol 500

A brand new fundraising group for 2021, The Bristol 500 is asking people to donate £1 (or more) a week so they can give £500 to a person, family or organisation in need in the BS postcode.

Avon Wildlife Trust

Avon Wildlife Trust cares for over 30 nature reserves in Bristol and surrounding areas as well as inspiring local people to connect with nature. 

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