Primary School Poetry Competition

Ablaze exists to tackle inequality of opportunity for young people in the West of England region. We do this by utilising the skills and commitment of business volunteers. We aim to • raise young people’s confidence and aspiration; • support their attainment and skill levels and • empower them with knowledge to make informed choices…

Speech at Economic Symposium

Our CEO, Sally Melvin, was invited to give a speech at the Mayor’s Symposium for Sustainable Economic Growth today. Sally spoke to a wide audience including Council members, business leaders and representatives from other voluntary sector organisations. The key points of her speech were: Future sustainable economic growth needs to include engaging and motivating ALL…

Cities of Service CEO visits St George CE Primary School

Ablaze was thrilled to host a visit from Myung Lee, International CEO of Cities of Service, to showcase their business interventions at St George CE Primary School. Ablaze’s work is involved in Bristol’s wider ‘Cities of Service’ input into volunteering across the city. Lloyds Banking Group kindly provide the primary school with weekly Reading Buddies…

Local Author helps pupils with their story writing

Earlier this week, a group of pupils from St Pius X Catholic Primary School wrapped up their writing course with Huw Powell, the Portishead based author of the popular Spacejackers children’s books. Over the course of five sessions, the children learned about different types of writing and genres of stories. There was a real focus…

A day in the life of a Reading Buddy volunteer…

Mukesh Solanki from Rolls-Royce has been a Reading Buddy at Sefton Park Primary School for many years and he makes a really valuable contribution to supporting pupils with their reading. Here is his recount of a day in the life of a Reading Buddy:- It’s almost a quarter to twelve as we enter the School.…

Queen’s Award presented to Ablaze

Ablaze was honoured recently with the the presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, a prestigious national award, in a special ceremony at Leigh Court, Bristol. The QAVS is the highest award given to voluntary groups across the UK. The ceremony was attended by community leaders including the Lord Lieutenant Mary Prior, who presented…

Oasis Academy Long Cross visit to TLT Solicitors

TLT Solicitors ended the school year with a generous invitation to Oasis Academy Long Cross primary students to visit their city centre offices on 2nd July ’15. Lucy Kirk, the Business Coordinator for the TLT Reading Buddy intervention at Oasis Long Cross Academy, commented: “We really enjoyed having the students visit us in our offices…