Can Do Bristol brings people, groups and organisations together to create positive change in their communities.
In his State of the City speech in 2017, mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees launched Can-Do Bristol to support volunteering and social action. Over 1,300 people, groups and businesses have joined the platform since - contributing to some extraordinary stories of volunteering and neighbourliness.
The platform was designed to support Bristol City Council’s citywide volunteering strategy – an initiative from the Council's Neighbourhoods and Communities team to connect volunteers with volunteering opportunities at a city scale. Our range of features has appealed to a variety of community, commissioning and economic development teams within the Council, and partners from the voluntary and private sectors too, as is therefore ever evolving.
Primarily, Can Do Bristol enables anyone in the city to post, promote and manage their volunteering opportunities. Members can respond to these opportunities, keep a record of their volunteered hours 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. The average reading age of children has improved by 4 months.
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.