Bristol City Council

Can Do Bristol is a platform for social action and is central to how the City Council plans to engage citizens and build stronger communities.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

Can Do Bristol is a solution for social action that is supported by our platform. The platform was originally intended to support the City Council’s citywide volunteering strategy – an initiative from the Neighbourhoods and Communities team to connect volunteers with volunteering opportunities at a city scale.

Our range of features however has opened up new innovation opportunities that is garnering interest from community, commissioning and economic development teams within the Council, and partners from the voluntary and private sectors too.

Can Do Bristol

The platform enables anyone and everyone in the city to post, promote and manage their volunteering opportunities. Members can not only respond to these opportunities but keep a record of the hours they have volunteered and search for opportunities that match their saved profile.

The Bristol Reading in Schools project alone has successfully crowdsourced 250 volunteers to help children from years 1, 2 and 3 (5, 6 and 7 year olds) who have fallen behind with their reading. Volunteers from across the city commit many days to improving children's confidence and overall reading skills.

Members can also start discussions, gather ideas and share solutions to the issues that are important to them. Ideas can be rated and endorsed by others - with the option to turn the best ideas into community-led projects. This particular feature enables project teams to set up chatrooms, share documents, share tasks, embed surveys and Trello boards.

A key challenge for Bristol City Council, and the city as a whole, is to accelerate practical solutions where local resources are mobilised to meet immediate needs.

Our vision for a collaborative cross-sector approach has been instrumental in helping the Neighbourhoods team to develop their thinking in this area; and our engagement with key stakeholders has helped to shape the ‘Can Do Bristol’ approach.


For queries relating to our community platform, please connect with Robert.


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