Can Do Bristol is a social action platform that gets behind what people are doing already within the city; whilst enabling citywide needs and priorities to be met, measured and scaled.
The platform was originally intended to support Bristol 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 opportunities that is garnering interest from community, commissioning and economic development teams within the Council, and partners from the voluntary and private sectors too.
The platform enables anyone in the city to post, promote and manage their volunteering opportunities. Members can respond to these opportunities, keep a record of the hours they have volunteered and search for opportunities that match their profile.
The Bristol Reading in Schools project alone has successfully crowdsourced 300 volunteers, mostly people of retirement age, 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 pose challenges, gather ideas and share solutions to the issues that are important to them with the option to turn the best ideas into community-led project teams.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.