Features

Edition 25

The property boss behind empty buildings 'blighting' Bristol’s high streets

Despite the city’s housing crisis, empty buildings dot popular neighbourhoods. While the council has pledged action, its toolkit against owners remains limited.

'I was pretty scared so I was just in a ball': Protesters speak out about police violence

Can community energy projects help Bristol get to net zero?

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

An experiment in democracy: Inside Bristol’s first ever citizens' assembly

60 Bristol citizens have released their recommendations on climate, health and transport. Participants share their insights from this pioneering process of public participation.

Bristol and the Climate Crisis

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

City

Bedminster’s East Street is changing, but who will benefit?

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

The app will be an alternative to Just Eat, Uber Eats and Deliveroo, putting money back in the pockets of business owners fighting to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Is Bristol a 'beacon' for Black culture?

Is the opportunity for real racial change in Bristol getting lost in “changing names and toppling statues”? We ask Black Bristolians.

Parenting while Trans: Jacob's story

Jacob, a transmasculine dad, opens up about his experiences as a gestational parent.

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.

How trade unions are responding to the Avonmouth tragedy

Trade union reps have swung into action since the tragedy at the Wessex Water plant, while tributes poured in for the four people who died.

‘Bone numbingly tired’: The exhausting reality of Long-Covid

Jane is still ill more than eight months after contracting coronavirus. But research is shedding light on what Long-Covid is.

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.

Helping people from Bristol’s Somali community deal with lockdown 2

For members of Bristol’s Somali community already living in difficult circumstances, the second lockdown has made life even harder. But the Bristol Somali Resource Centre has stepped in.

Lockdown gave a safety net for Bristol’s hidden homeless... But many remain on the street this time round

Bristol's response to the Everyone In scheme offered a lifeline to people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), but those who have become homeless since the first lockdown haven't had the safety net this time around, despite calls from homelessness charities to provide for rough sleepers.

‘Trans broken arm syndrome’: healthcare nightmare for trans people is about more than hormones

Content warning: body dysphoria, secondary sex characteristics This is part of the Struggle for trans healthcare equality mini-series, looking at issues affecting local transgender, nonbinary...

‘It felt like a prison’: Teenager reveals traumatic time on private Bristol mental health ward

Paige speaks out about her experience of the ward at the privately-run Priory Hospital Bristol a year before it closed down.

5 ways robots are changing our healthcare

With a leading robotics research hub in the city, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, partnering with local hospitals, Bristol is at the cutting-edge of robotics in healthcare.

Writing on the wall: why trans and nonbinary people in Bristol are speaking out

This series will look at issues affecting local trans communities, driven by people’s lived experiences.

Misunderstood and excluded: How to build mental health services fit for diverse communities

The Cable speaks to Nilaari, Project Zazi and other local practitioners calling for more culturally competent mental health provision for BAME communities.

Meet the Bristol collective putting surplus wealth in the hands of people tackling injustice

In a society where hoarding money and power is the norm, what can be achieved by thinking differently? Bristol Redistro is trying to find out, by encouraging rich individuals to channel their excess into a pool of money that community groups control.

Barriers in education: 'Bridging the digital divide more pressing now than ever'

Lockdown left many pupils without laptops, it meant missing out on vital learning, school work piling up and stress increasing. As schools tentatively reopen, bridging the digital divide will be a key challenge.

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.