Message from the Mayor
We have worked proactively to engage the power of volunteering since my election as Mayor and having worked in the voluntary sector myself, I recognise the importance of working collaboratively with all sectors of the city and community. During these tough financial times we must call on all our resources to decide together how our city can best work to secure its future. Not merely having a thriving third sector for its own sake but because it is a vital provider of services and both a symbol and source of the social strength and resilience societies need.
It’s a city responsibility. Every sector in the city gains benefits from the voluntary sector at the very least through the services it provides to workers and their family health. As we all benefit so we all must take collective responsibility and coordinate collective investment in building the role and resilience of social infrastructure.
Over the past two years as members of the Cities of Service family and with the support of our US and UK partners, we have been able to test out different approaches to citizen action that supports community cohesion and resilience as well as addressing citywide priorities.
Over the coming three years we will continue to develop our volunteering offer, providing reading and coding volunteers to our schools, and to that we will add my new Clean Streets Campaign to encourage a sense of pride in the local community, taking decisive action to prevent rough sleeping and a business-led initiative to support a major effort to improve the quality of work experience opportunities in Bristol, particularly amongst those young people who are currently under represented, so more diverse voices can be heard.