Merry Christmas Everybody!

I can finally say this with conviction as we enter the last few days before the big day on Friday. I would also like to wish you all a very merry one. I really hope you get to enjoy it as much as you can, and in the best circumstances you can. It’s been a horrible year, so let’s hope you are able to end it on a positive note.

Some of you will remember the Christmas quiz that we did last year. It was really good fun and I remember some very competitive battles! And some very bad singing. The link below is for the 2020 version. …

“It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid….”

Recognise anyone? Thought not. . .

There probably are plenty of reasons to be afraid at the moment, I don’t think I need to explain that.

However, at this time of year I’m most afraid when I hear Band Aid’s “Do they know it’s Christmas?”. Mostly because I’m an annoying particularly picky person. And it because those lyrics tell fibs.

Firstly, some context. A famine had been present in Ethiopia for many months, the cause of human actions and a terrible drought. Around 1.2 million people were to die over the course of the next year or so. …

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It’s Ok to be…

I’m so glad there is a trend towards allowing people to be what they want to be. There is a long long way to go, but I optimistically think we are heading in the right direction. The idea that you are allowed to be something, and that is OK is not an easy one to grasp. We have freedoms but we also have expectations and those of others, is what is considered ‘normal’. What a daft word that is. Are you normal? I’m certainly not! And I don’t want to be.

However, it’s easy to feel like an outsider. To feel overpowered by all of the things you are “supposed” to be doing, all of the ways you are “supposed” to be acting. People often struggle along thinking they are alone, when it definitely isn’t the case. …

Deathtrap Blankets Mousetrap Games

Another wild week in BS3, with swirling wind and rain and cold. Have you put the heating on yet or are you told to put on another jumper?

Here is genuine thing that we used to use to keep ourselves warm in the winter.

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Cosy eh? I mean, this is a luxury US model but they were much the same. I remember having a little dial that poked out the side of the bed that you pushed around to change the level of burning that your legs received.

Parents pulsing pure electricity into the limbs of their children. …

Joe Sims, another lockdown and another US president?

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Hello again. What an incredible week. Just when you think things couldn’t get nay stranger, then lots of interesting, scary and fascinating things are going on all around us.

First the good news. You may not know the name Joe Sims, but you’d probably recognise his face. Joe is a proud Bristolian actor (born in Southmead hospital, went to Filton College, studied at the Old Vic) and is probably most famous for his role as Nige Carter the plumber in Broadchurch.

Lived Experience. Marcus Rashford. MPs.

All opinions contained in this and all other blogs are personal and do not reflect those of BS3 Community.

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Ok, so I’ve been a bit silly in this blog before, but this week I’m feeling more serious. It’s been a difficult week for lots of reasons and reading/watching the news continues to be really upsetting.

So here we go again. It seems like a few days ago I wrote about Marcus Rashford. How he was pushing the government to change their mind about extending Free School Meals into the summer holidays. He succeeded then, because there were so many people behind him, from experts in child development and education to celebrities to the general public. …

“Fun” and games.

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Counting the weeks!

Good morning, I do hope you are all well. What a complicated and confusing situation we are all in. I hope you are managing to settle in school and that we will soon be letting you settle into the new look BYC.

I keep seeing some familiar faces around BS3, maybe it’s just because we know there are plans to open up the URC for the old BYC in the coming weeks. It’s likely to be an online or telephone booking system, just so we can be sure of numbers. Obviously there will be some very different ways of doing things and it will be important to take our time and learn this new way of being. …

It’s no longer virtual!

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Get your voice heard!

Hello, as plans are developing, I thought it would be nice to change the name of the blog to reflect the fact that we will be reopening.

Like a tense, in-depth conversation between a multi million pound premier league player, their agent and a director of football, the negotiations have reached a critical stage. Announcements will be made on social media, teaser videos released, mysterious tik tok clues will emerge and finally, with an emotional emoji or two, the Youth Club will be back!!!

Just don’t ask me when. …

Hello everyone — what a great day Friday was. The FOOD Club is getting really busy and lots of people are coming in to get a bit of extra help with their food shopping. AND, even more exciting the URC has seen some fascinating developments to the outdoor area that will be of great interest to any of our members.

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On the Move!

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This is from 2017, what is out there now? ? ? ? ?

There is a lot of talk about how we have an opportunity to do things differently from now on. How we have this incredible opportunity to rebuild our entire world in a completely different way. That’s going to be difficult, but maybe there are some simple things we can do. Some simple ways to help the planet and ourselves.

This week I have been considering how we move ourselves about. I don’t mean exercise or sport, I mean transport. I love walking and used some of the past few months restrictions to explore my local area.

I discovered what I called “BS3 I have not known”, the places and spaces that have always been there but I hadn’t really realised. This led me to ‘discovering’ (it was always there!) that temporarily abandoned bus route track round the back of Ashton Vale that I wrote about weeks ago. I will always walk given the opportunity. …


Simon Green

Food Club support worker and Lead Youth Worker at Bedminster Youth Club.

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