Welcome to Bristol Commonwealth Society

 

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COVID-19.  DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS OUR USUAL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

PLEASE NOTE, WE WILL SOON HAVE A BRAND NEW WEBSITE.

We are offering community support through our various networks to the vulnerable, isolated and those in other ways affected by the pandemic.  Please note, our car park is now reserved for the use of NHS staff and other essential workers.

We are currently acting as a collection hub for local food banks. The situation in our City is critical and the most disadvantaged are going hungry and losing their homes. Please can you donate non-perishable food items such as tinned meat, fruit and vegetables, cereals and long life milk. Monetary donations are also very welcome as they will help support the food banks’ overheads. Any donation, no matter how small, will make a difference to someone’s life. If you would like to help please email Gina on info@bcsbristol.org.uk or phone 0117 9734720. Thank you.

Update: The response to our appeal for St Nick’s food bank has been truly overwhelming. I would like to extend a hearfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed. Your support and generosity has been amazing. Let’s keep it coming!

A VERY WARM WELCOME TO THE BRISTOL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY

As part of an influential and global family we aim:

  • To raise awareness of the Commonwealth’s 54 nations, their people, their cultures and their histories.
  • To promote and celebrate social inclusion.
  • To support young people of diverse Commonwealth heritage.
  • To inspire and educate future generations.

Did you know that a third of the world’s population live in member nations and 6 out of 10 of those people are under the age of 30 years old.  That’s around 640 million young voices!

ABOUT US

The Bristol Commonwealth Society has been part of Bristol’s history since 1913. As part of our Community Engagement Programme we work closely with grass roots organisations to promote social and financial inclusion through all walks of life.  Commonwealth House offers a safe and unique educational hub within the City where young people can meet to discuss ideas around inclusion and to develop initiatives for the benefit of the wider community.  We welcome contact from youth groups whose interests and values align with our own and who are seeking a space for their activities through art, sport, meetings or social gatherings.  We also offer grants to organisations (and sometimes individuals) and we are particularly keen to hear from those in undervalued environments within Bristol and the surrounding areas.

In addition to its Community Engagement Programme the Society offers support to overseas students whilst studying in the city.  Bristol Commonwealth bursaries are available at both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England for students who, through financial hardship, would not otherwise be able to complete their studies or for other personal emergencies.

Through the BCS Outreatch Programme our volunteers are delighted to visit schools and other organisations.  We offer presentations and literature exploring the Commonwealth and social inclusion for ages from 12 to 18.  If you would like further details please get in touch.

A full programme of talks, films, exhibitions and other events take place throughout the year at Commonwealth House.  Everyone is very welcome but booking is strongly advised. Please see our events listings for details.

ROOM HIRE

The events room at Commonwealth House is available for private or corporate hire.  Parking is available in our adjoining car park and is included in the hire cost.  There is free Wi-Fi throughout and our integrated multi media facility is ideal for PowerPoint presentations, films or music.  Through hiring our events space you will be helping to support a wide range of charitable initiatives for young people in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES OR DETAILS OF MEMBERSHIP PLEASE CONTACT GINA ON 0117 9734720 OR EMAIL http://info@bcsbristol.org.uk


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The Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Mrs Mary Prior MBE JP, and the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Farouk Choudury, attending the ceremonial handover of the Commonwealth Flag in March 2014.  This marked the first Fly the Flag event celebrated at City Hall.