The voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Bristol is diverse. It is home to large charities such as the Soil Association, a multitude of smaller local community organisations such as Hartcliffe & Withwood Community Partnership, and regional branches of national charities such as St Mungo’s and the Prince’s Trust.
The Covid crisis has seen a local and national emphasis on community, and the city mobilised an incredible volunteer response to the pandemic. As part of our ongoing citizens’ assembly Your City, Our Future about our citizens’ priorities for recovery and renewal, a shared ambition is emerging: “Build on community action during Covid-19, allow for more community decision making and make Bristol fairer and ‘less separate’.”
The third sector provides a vital conduit for this process, both in expertise and in driving innovation to deliver services to those who need them and empower communities to support themselves.