Welcome to VWEM!

WEM is back! As for everyone, it has been a challenging time for WEM, but we have just started to roll out our virtual WEM programme (VWEM), starting with our first virtual training session for a new group of mentors at RPC Law. Our VWEM programme covers the same content as our WEM programme, but…

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Ablaze Poetry Competition 2020-21

Ablaze is delighted to announce our sixth poetry competition, in partnership with CMS and Intellect Ltd. We are also supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of Bristol Poetic City. Ablaze is running another exciting poetry competition, giving Primary School pupils in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset the chance to write a…

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Ablaze Doorsteps our Poetry Competition Winners

Picured above, clockwise from top left- Leilani Peglar, Overall Winner; Aliza Ali, Cover Design Winner; Amelie Scanlon, Winner 9-11 age category; Ryma Medjeboub, Winner 7-9 age category; Beatrice Brown, Winner Under 7 age category. We were delighted to be able to doorstep our competition winners last week to give them their certificates and a small…

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Poetry competition winners

After a LOT of reading – there were 566 entries – we have now announced the winners of our 2019/20 Poetry Competition. We are very grateful to our wonderful judges for taking the time to read the shortlisted poems and select their favourites. Our judges were Bristol Poet Miles Chambers; Television Producer Richard Bowron of Bone…

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Ablaze programmes and Coronavirus

Message from Sally Melvin, Ablaze CEO: Ablaze would like to clarify our current position with regards to the Coronavirus and to set out our recommendations. We are following official guidelines from Public Health England and monitoring these regularly. We are also seeking guidance from Bristol City Council and are receiving regular updates on policy changes…

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Blazing the way into the community- What it’s like being an Ablaze Reading Buddy

The Ablaze Reading Buddy programme pairs business volunteers with local primary school pupils and aims to encourage primary pupils to read more, read better and be more confident in their ability. Reading Buddy volunteers provide under-performing pupils with extra reading practice in one-to-one reading sessions. Rob Sims from Airbus Filton has been a Reading Buddy…

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Ablaze Poetry Competition

Ablaze is delighted to announce our fifth poetry competition, in partnership with Bristol Water and Intellect Ltd. Ablaze is running another exciting poetry competition, giving Primary School pupils in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset the chance to write a poem about ‘Water’. Winning entries will be published in a special Ablaze book. We are also…

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International Literacy Day 2019

Many primary pupils across Bristol are not getting the additional support they need to reach the levels of literacy expected for secondary school. Ablaze, a Bristol-based independent charity, was founded to tackle this inequality of opportunity in the more disadvantaged areas of the city. Ablaze’s mission includes helping primary schools raise pupils’ literacy achievement levels…

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14-year-old aviation students from Bristol Met celebrated by Bristol-born test pilot

Students from Bristol Metropolitan Academy have been celebrated for successfully completing an aviation-focused skills and mentorship programme. The students, aged between 13 and 14, have been working alongside Airbus mentors learning about aviation and gaining first-hand experience of the aerospace industry through the Airbus Foundation’s Flying Challenge Programme. Last week they each took to the…

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Ablaze named by Speed as its charity of 2019

Ablaze is delighted to have been selected by local PR and Communications consultancy Speed as their charity of the year for 2019. Speed will support Ablaze in tackling the inequality of opportunity for young people across the West of England. With a 14-year heritage in PR and communications, Speed is dedicated to championing the importance…

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Bristol’s First Poet Laureate helps to inspire pupils at Wrington Primary School to write poems for our Poetry Competition

Bristol poet Miles Chambers is giving a series of workshops in local Primary Schools this month to inspire pupils to write poems to enter in the Ablaze annual poetry competition. The first session was at Wrington Primary School. Year 5 pupils spent an hour with Miles learning about poetry, playing games and listening to him…

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Free books for schools!

Bristol charities Ablaze and Above & Beyond have teamed up to offer schools free books! ‘Don’t Be Scared’ is a wonderful anthology of poems and short stories by well-known authors and artists, including Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake. This amazing hardback book also contains beautiful illustrations and is recommended for children aged 7+. It…

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Ablaze Poetry Competition

Ablaze is delighted to announce our fourth annual Poetry Competition, in association with Bristol Airport, Intellect Ltd. and Miles Chambers. “Poetry has put me in situations and enabled me to meet people I could never have imagined. I’ve been invited to sit on the Queen’s table during her jubilee tour, performed a social media campaign…

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National Mentoring Day

Could you help support West of England Mentoring on National Mentoring Day? West of England Mentoring (WEM) provide positive volunteer mentors from local organisations to help students aged 12-15 raise aspirations, follow their interests and make plans for the world of work. WEM delivers national best practice in business mentoring to students across the region and Ablaze…

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Airbus Workshops off to a Flying Start

The first Airbus Flying Challenge workshop of 2018/19 was a great success! Year 9 students from Bristol Metropolitan Academy really enjoyed their first visit to Airbus on the 19th September. Students were introduced to the year-long programme and given an insight into what they can expect over the next 10 months. 20 lucky students from…

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Bristol Hippodrome Visits

Following a kind donation by Rolls-Royce for pupils from Ablaze schools to have the exciting opportunity to go to some children’s shows at the Hippodrome Theatre, we are delighted to report that the first block of theatre trips went incredibly well, with all pupils thoroughly enjoying & benefitting from the experience. A lot of these…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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