Jess Connett

Edition 25

The personal trainer working out for Bristol’s asylum seekers and refugees

Tim and his family fled from religious persecution in Nigeria. Here he tells how he is taking back control “within a system where you don’t often win”.

‘If everything worked you could get rid of cars’: Travel is the election issue in Bishopston and Ashley Down

'Be open about developments': Housing could be the issue that sways the election in Lockleaze

Investigations

Luke Naish’s family ‘still having to fight’ after ‘uncritical’ inquest into his death

Luke’s Naish’s loved ones say care he received from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership was inadequate, and that his inquest did not deliver justice. They are the third family to criticise the Avon Coroner in recent years, and are now seeking a judicial review.

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

Campaigners accuse Marvin Rees of not protecting Bristol’s mature trees

Coronavirus in Bristol

Local delivery app launches to ‘save’ Bristol’s independent bars and restaurants

Schools launch community fundraisers to tackle digital poverty

Secondary schools are crowdfunding to buy internet dongles and asking for donations of IT equipment to ensure all students can access online learning during lockdown

New emergency fund to support people facing fuel poverty because of Covid-19

The Emergency Covid Winter Fund has been set up as fuel poverty charities deal with ‘unprecedented’ numbers of referrals.

Community responses to latest wave of violent crime on Bristol to Bath cycle path

Local residents are getting organised to respond to protect the popular cycle route, as data obtained by the Cable shows violent incidents and thefts on the rise.

Bristol hospitality sector under threat pleads for rent help from council and government

Job losses of ‘tens of thousands’ are possible as independent venues struggle to pay their bills and Bristol enters tier 3.

Frustrated and ignored: Meet people excluded from Covid-19 financial support

Three million UK taxpayers have had no access to the government’s Covid-19 support packages. Excluded Bristolians say they have been left struggling and feeling angry.

Van dwellers resist eviction on Glenfrome Road

‘Intimidating’ bailiffs left the site without removing any vehicles.

The Bristolians falling through the gaps of the government’s Covid-19 financial help

As lockdown progresses, people in Bristol are not getting the help promised by central government.

How Bristolians making DIY coronavirus protective equipment are propping up the city's supply

A volunteer army is producing equipment to keep frontline staff at Southmead Hospital safe. Jess Connett investigates why their efforts are needed.

Communities standing up: college students, skaters and migrant mums

News is so often depresseing and disempowering. But these Bristolians are making a difference across the city.

Saving Bristol’s suburban skate culture

Dan Lacey has been working for years to protect the skatepark he helped build as a teenager.