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Celebrating the city

Meet some of the community groups finding creative solutions to food poverty, mental health and assumptions around gender identity.

Learning not to abuse your partner

The programme that puts abusers at the heart of the solution.

Among the trauma and the bullshit: Thoughts of a black social worker

The candid voice of someone on the sharp end of personal and institutional racism.

Safeguarding shouldn’t mean alienating: parents criticise FGM investigations

There’s growing discontent among sections of the Bristol Somali community around how anti-FGM efforts are being handled. Getting the balance wrong risks driving a wedge between families and the professionals paid to protect children.

Women who built Bristol: ‘We were challenging all the time’

A look at some of the great women who helped shape this city.

Photo essay: Different sides of Southmead

A few photos show the vibrancy of the often-maligned neighbourhood of Southmead.

Gasheads are taking action against hunger in Bristol

Disgusted at the rise of food poverty in Bristol, a group of Rovers fans are stepping up.

Coercion: the disturbing hidden crime of controlling a partner

It’s at the heart of domestic abuse, but the police are failing to implement the new law.

The cared-for become carers

Elm Tree Farm is a working farm in Stapleton providing support and training to adults with learning disabilities and autism. Photographer Esther May Campbell spent a year documenting it.

Learning the legal hustle

Bristol-based project Street2Boardroom is ready to shake up the street and business worlds, but challenges lie ahead. “We can’t live in a society where people...

Bringing the fight against apartheid to Bristol

Remembering Ron Press, the white South African dissident who became a leading light in Bristol activism.

Collective re-organisation

In Bristol, people are turning to alternative unions like ACORN and the IWW to get their voices heard on critical issues such as housing and workplace inequality.

Ice cream scandal: the Lopresti business investigation continues...

Earlier this year we exposed the underpayment and poor working conditions at the Lopresti ice cream and property business. The allegations keep coming in.

Free money for everyone: not such a wild idea anymore

The idea of a no-strings income for all citizens is making waves in the UK and beyond – we asked a leading Bristol academic why the time may be right for a universal basic income.

Lopresti tries to cover-up exploitation...by removing stickers!

Can you spot the difference?

The community razed to the ground for a road that was never built

In the 1960s the council demolished most of Totterdown, in a planning disaster still remembered by Bristolians today.

McDonald’s planning inquiry ends

Local residents complain of being ‘treated with contempt’ by fast food giant, as legal proceedings conclude.

The scandalous privatisation of student debt will affect us all, not just graduates

The government is about to sell off huge portions of student debt to corporations at a discount. It’s one more step along the road towards privatising higher education.

Growing scandal at Lopresti ice creams. Council yet to act.

“I regret I was not one of the persons brave enough to face them when it happened to me and another two members of my...

Opinions: Working isn't working

A counsellor challenges the current political agenda on work and the government push to get people into jobs under the guise of a health intervention.

Is the Bristol mental health sector healthy?

Mental wellbeing is finally getting recognised as being as important as physical health. Squeezed budgets mean progress isn’t easy, but there are positive steps being taken in Bristol.

Exclusive: Ice cream wage scandal

Investigation into prominent local business reveals gross underpayment of minimum wage.

Legal aid cuts keeping refugee families apart

A systemic squeeze is making it far harder for people fleeing violence and oppression to reunite with loved ones.

"Enough is enough": Campaign launched to support grandfather tasered by police

“Without the strength of my God there’s ... And without my neighbour there’s a strong possibility they would have killed me.”

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