Archive for February, 2014

Discover local volunteering opportunities at ‘speed matching’ event

Posted on Monday 17th February 2014 at 11:48 am by SH (Editor)

Volunteer Speed Matching event in Patchway.

Have you ever thought about volunteering but don’t know how to get involved?

Discover local volunteering opportunities in a speed-matching event to find your perfect match!

The Volunteer Centre Patchway, Filton and The Stokes is holding an event for everyone who would like to hear about volunteering opportunities. The Volunteer Speed-Match event will take place at Coniston Community Centre in Patchway (BS34 5LP) on Tuesday 18th February starting at 5.30pm and finishing at 7pm.

Volunteer Speed Match will allow potential volunteers to meet with local charities and hear about a wide range of volunteering opportunities. Learn how you can share your skills and benefit personally from volunteering. Volunteering offers flexibility and can offer short-term and long-term placements, suiting all different skills and life styles!

The event is run in two sessions: In the first half you will meet a number of local organisations and hear a snap-shot of their volunteering opportunities; in the second half you can choose to meet with the three organisations you are most interested in and spend a ten-minute session with each finding out more.

If you like what you hear and want to get involved you can sign up there and then.

For more information please contact: info@volunteercentre-pfs.org.uk or 01454 868 986.

This article originally appeared in the February 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine. Our magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,250 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising.

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Patchway Fire Station to close by 2018

Posted on Monday 10th February 2014 at 9:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Fire Station, Patchway, Bristol.

Patchway Fire Station looks set to close by 2018, as part of major organisational shake-up announced by Avon Fire & Rescue.

The Patchway station, on the corner of Durban Road and Rodway Road, will be replaced by a new station that will be built “somewhere on the site of the former Filton Airfield”.

Southmead Fire Station will also close within the same timeframe, with the resources of both stations being amalgamated at the new site.

The Journal understands that the favoured location for the new station is close to the A38, at the eastern end of the former runway.

A document entitled ‘Investing for the Future’ explains the reasons for the reorganisation across the force’s operational area:

“Since 2010 Avon Fire & Rescue Service has made a total of £11m of savings and efficiencies. This has been achieved with no impact on the frontline service we provide.”

“Over the next few years we expect the money we receive from the Government to continue to fall, which means £4.5 million of further annual savings will need to be found on top of previous savings.”

“Making savings is never easy, particularly as we know how much you value the services we provide. We’ve been careful to make sure the plans we’ve made allow us to reduce running costs while maintaining the excellent service people expect.”

In relation to the merging of the Patchway and Southmead stations, another document published by the service, its Integrated Risk Management Plan, explains that the move will “save money from a reduction in the staff required and building overheads” and “match the demand for our services generated by the large scale development of residential housing on the former Filton Airfield site”.

Other changes also announced include the closure of Keynsham and Brislington fire stations and the amalgamation of their resources at a new strategically located fire station on the Avon Ring Road in Kingswood.

The fire service claims the changes will have no impact on operational response standards or the budget available to spend on vehicles and equipment.

Read more: Avon Fire & Rescue Service to build new fire stations under ‘Investing for the Future’ programme

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