News: Living Well in Older Age, Brigstow Institute, Bristol Uni

Brigstow would like to invite you to an event on 31st January around ‘Living well in older age’.

This Brigstow and Anchor Society event is a chance to explore together some of the recent innovative projects in Bristol and beyond that ask what it means to live well in older age. In particular the focus will be on intergenerational encounters and living, and the co-design and creative use of technology with older people.

Our hope is that as well as an opportunity to take stock and learn together, the afternoon will also spark new ideas for experimental pilot research projects to be undertaken with Brigstow seedcorn funding.

The event will be held in the Moot Court Room, Bristol Law School and will start at midday with lunch and networking.

If you would like to attend, please either respond to this message

or register via Eventbrite.



*Please let us know if you have any specific dietary or access requirements.

Tel: 0117 42 82468

Brigstow Institute | University of Bristol | Royal Fort House | Bristol BS8 1UH

News: Wellbeing Lunch for Over 55s

Bristol Grammar School have kindly offered LinkAge 40 spaces to their annual Wellbeing Lunch for over 55’s.

This will be the third year that Bristol Grammar School are hosting this popular free Afternoon Lunch. The event will include a hot meal, pudding and refreshments, music and entertainment, games and a raffle.

When: Wednesday 7th February 2018
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Failand Sports Pavilion, Clevedon Road, Failand, BS8 3UG

Parking is available on site. Transport is limited but can be arranged to collect from Bristol Grammar School, University Road, BS8 1SR. Please call for more details.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please call LinkAge by Monday 29th January on 0117 353 3042.

Many thanks


Hannah Somers

Marketing, Communication and Support Officer



News: Bristol NW Foodbank, Volunteers please

Foodbank Office <>
Date: 24 January 2018 at 13:03
Subject: SAVE THE DATE – Fri 8th & Sat 9th June – Waitrose in Portishead Supermarket Collection

Dear Friends, Thank you for your previous help at our supermarket collection days.  We have now booked in our next collection days on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th June, 10am – 4pm at Waitrose in Portishead.  We’d love it if you were able to put it into your diary and give us an hour or two of your time. Please let the office know by email if you could offer any time on either of these days and we’ll get in contact nearer the time.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.



Emma Murray

Foodbank Manager

Bristol North West Foodbank

Lawrence Weston Baptist Church

117-119 Long Cross

Lawrence Weston


BS11 0LP


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Please note that our office is open every weekday morning except Tuesdays, from 10am until 1pm.


News: Faith in Politics Podcast

News release

25 January

Faith in Politics: new monthly podcast launched

Faith in Politics, an exciting new podcast series that features guests discussing topics from current affairs that link in with faith, has been launched by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).


JPIT is a joint venture of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. The team works on issues of justice and inequality by influencing those in power and energising local congregations.

The podcast was created by Helen Byrne and Rachel Allison who are working for the church as Parliamentary interns.

Each monthly episode will be presented by Helen and Rachel – both avid podcast listeners – and will feature lively discussions from the world of politics from a faith viewpoint, interviews and a ‘musing slot’, inspired by Thought for the Day.

Topics such as poverty, inequality, peace-making and the environment plan to be covered.
Those taking part are people who are living out a faith of some kind in public and political life. Some of the guests who will feature include the Co-Leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, Labour politicians, the Rt Hon Stephen Timms and Alan Milburn, and the Conservative politician and member of the House of Lords Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.


Each 30-minute podcast will be released on the last Thursday of every month and can be downloaded from You can also subscribe to it from Google Play for Android devices and iTunes or Podcast for Apple devices.

Faith in Politics is aimed at JPIT’s existing supporters and activists but will also appeal to a younger audience thanks to increased engagement with current affairs and politics, and the accessibility of social media and podcasts.


Helen Bryne explains: “Christians have a civic duty to engage with the world around them, because our Lord is a God of justice and whether we like it or not, faith in its many manifestations shape our political landscape.”

Image: JPIT’s Helen Bryne with Co-Leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley

News: Wellbeing Days by Macmillan

Following two successful events last year, the Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement project will be hosting its first of three Wellbeing Days, on Wednesday 21st March, 10:00 – 13:30 at BAWA Health and Leisure. This first event will showcase activities and services available in North Bristol, primarily targeting people (aged 55+) from the North Bristol area.

The free day will offer those (aged 55+) living with and beyond cancer, and their carers/supporters:
– The opportunity to try a variety of activities including Singing, Gentle Exercise, Ballroom Dancing, Walking Sports and Wellbeing Arts
– Talks on the benefits of engaging in physical activity
– A market place of stall holders
– A free healthy lunch and refreshments
– A goodie bag 
– And most importantly, a good day out!

The event is free, but booking is essential. Please call LinkAge on 0117 353 3042 to book your place. Transport can be provided, but is limited. Please call to discuss.