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The Noise Family Fun

Published on 21/04/16

This year, hundreds of Bristol people will be using their May bank holiday weekend (30 April -2 May) to give something back to the city.
This year, hundreds of Bristol people will be using their May bank holiday weekend (30 April -2 May) to give something back to the city.
 
The Noise is an enormous volunteering event run every year by Bristol churches since 2001. Each May bank holiday, rain or shine, local people roll up their sleeves, put on a blue T-shirt and get stuck in. They dig gardens and pick litter, paint community centres, make cream teas for senior citizens, put on free football coaching, and run family fun afternoons across the city.
 
The Noise partners with the Police, local Neighbourhood Partnerships, Bristol City Council, many other community-based organisations and residents to make the weekend one to remember, and one which will have a positive and long-term impact.
 
The Noise keeps on getting louder; this year volunteers from churches, schools and communities will be undertaking practical projects in Ashley/St Pauls, Barton Hill, Brentry, Easton, Horfield, Lawrence Weston, Lockleaze, Manor Farm, Southmead, Sea Mills, Shirehampton and Upper Horfield.
 
Last year, over 900 people volunteered over the weekend, giving thousands of hours of volunteer time. People of all ages were involved, from children as young as five to those over eighty years old!  
 
Noise Co-ordinator, Esther Legg-Bagg from Horfield, explains: “We talk about The Noise as ‘showing God’s love in practical ways’. We believe that God loves and cares about all communities in Bristol and wants us to get involved and help out where there are real needs to be met. Whether it’s picking up litter, playing football with young people, or hacking back brambles in the rain, we want to show our communities some practical love, and anyone else who’d like to join in is very welcome!”
 
The Noise takes place from 30 April – 2 May, and everything that happens over the weekend is completely FREE! There will be nine different local Fun Afternoons, these include inflatable games, face painting, a craft zone, a café area, and much more. There really is something for everyone!
 
More details about The Noise weekend’s events are online at www.thenoise.org.uk/weekend and you can register as a volunteer at www.thenoise.org.uk/volunteer.