The Community Support Fund (CSF)

The Community Support Fund  is providing £1.5 million (as part of the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) wider Recovery Fund) to support residents most disproportionately affected by COVID, to achieve better economic outcomes.

The first round of funding will be launched autumn 2021 and will be awarded to voluntary and community sector (VCS) groups and projects that offer innovative solutions that strengthen inclusion, through targeted interventions.

The Community Support Fund information


Solar Together – West of England Group buying scheme open for registrations until 28th September

Message from Lucy Rees, Senior Environmental Policy & Climate Change Officer . Transport & Strategic Projects South Gloucestershire Council.

T: 01454 862224

E:   My working days are: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

I am delighted to inform you about the Solar Together scheme which has launched across the region this week. I attach full details of the letter sent out through the direct mail, press release and flyer (scroll down for the South Gloucestershire flyer it is the final one).

Solar Together is a group buying scheme for solar panels targeted at able to pay residents via a direct mail out.

It would be wonderful if you can help to promote the scheme to your residents. Please find attached a poster and flyer to help with promotion (scroll to final page for South Gloucestershire versions). I have also attached the letter sent out to residents via a direct mail and the news release that accompanied the launch.

The scheme is targeted at residents primarily but is also open to businesses and town and parish councils and other organisations who own their property up to a maximum of 50 panels.

Applicants have until the 28th September to sign up for the scheme.

Most solar schemes are classed as permitted development but if you are in a listed building or a conservation area please visit the website for more information on planning requirements.

For full details please visit the page on our website:

West of England Solar Together | BETA – South Gloucestershire Council (

Thank you in advance for your help to promote the scheme.

If you have any questions do let me know.

Best wishes


More information:

Solar Together – news release




New one-way system on Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford

As part of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME) the plan is to reopen the road as a one-way system in a westbound direction only (towards the A38) in September.

A public drop-in event is planned for Wednesday 4th August from 3pm to 7pm in the car park of the Stokers pub, Gipsy Patch Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol, BS34 8LU. 

Invitation to have your say on improving Stroke services in BNSSG

Message from Jill Reakes Engagement officer  Healthwatch BNSSG

NHS_Stroke Services – Events Poster BNSSG

Healthwatch BNSSG are reaching out to let you know of the proposed changes to stroke services in your community. Poster attached for printing and sharing.

Stroke is the fourth biggest killer in the UK and a leading cause of disability. 1 in 50 of our residents live with the long-term consequences of the condition. The Healthier together partnership would like to hear from you.

There are several ways to tell them what you think and to ask questions:

  • You can complete the online questionnaire
  • Phone or email to request a paper copy 
  • Join an online consultation on the 26 August 

Drop-in face-to-face sessions in   

  • Bristol – Future Inn on the 21 July 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • North Somerset – Winter gardens Weston-super-Mare on 29th July 10am to 1pm
  • South Gloucestershire – St Michaels Centre, Stoke Gifford, on 4th August 2pm to 5pm

More details can be found on the Heathier Together website, including a link to the survey:

Other ways to get in touch: 


Telephone:  0117 900 2583 

Write to:  FREEPOST STROKE CONSULTATION (You won’t need a stamp, and no further address details are required.)