Lord Mayor's Medal organisation recipients

Lord Mayor's Medal organisation recipients

The organisation recipients for the Lord Mayor's Medal

Soroptimist International

Soroptimist International knitted over 1,000 teddy bears for the Police, Air Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Bristol City Council Children’s and Families Services, The Bridge, Unseen, Next Link and Above and Beyond.

Among many other projects, they also made drawstring bags for scrubs, theatre hats and masks for staff at Southmead and BRI Hospitals.

Two members raised over £6,000 for Life Skills-Learning for Living and the National Centre for Integrative Medicine, by challenging themselves to walk at least 100 miles per month.

Freewheelers

Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (EVS) has supported Bristol and the South West region for decades, providing an out of hours emergency medical courier service for the NHS and two local air ambulances free of charge.

The charity is run by unpaid volunteers and funded by donations.

2020 was the 30th anniversary of the charity. It's estimated the total mileage of the motorcycle fleet in 2020 was 225,184 miles. 

Easton Community Care Package

A team of volunteers centred around The Plough Inn, Easton have been working together to help people on the breadline or isolating for their or their families' health.

The team are providing a free fresh food delivery service across Bristol, buying in bulk, packing and delivering to those in need.

Over 20,000 boxes to over 5,000 people have been delivered so far. 250 volunteers have helped, and the public have raised over £90,000 which the team have spent on fruit and vegetables.

Bristol Somali Resource Centre

The Bristol Somali Resource Centre is a community organisation based in Barton Hill which supports people who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

Since the start of coronavirus the centre has seen an increase in those needing basic necessities and more people suffering from mental health issues. In response, the centre has raised funds to employ a mental health counsellor and set up a task force to deliver food to people struggling financially.

BS3 COVID Community Resource

This group was set up at the start of coronavirus, and is made up of volunteers with the support of one or two workers from local community based organisations. They have helped identify those in need of support to get hold of food or other supplies, and encouraged people to set up street WhatsApp groups and keep contacts so new residents can engage.

Sunday Kitchen

Barton Hill Activity Club organises trips, family events, football tournaments and football competitions. They have expanded their provisions to include homework clubs.

During coronavirus they teamed up with a local business, Café Conscience to create the Sunday Kitchen.

The Sunday Kitchen cooks and distributes food to hundreds of families in Barton Hill. They have also supported 100 families with online learning and accessing laptops. 

National Food Service Bristol

When lockdown started in March, the National Food Service (NFS) Bristol stepped up to provide nutritious meals, delivered to anyone.

The organisation went on to supply more than 50,000 meals in 2020. With the help of 300 volunteers, they cooked in unused commercial kitchens in Easton and Lockleaze.