Voice and Influence – A new model for communities of interest

Closed 25 Sep 2017

Opened 31 Jul 2017

Results expected 4 Nov 2017

Feedback expected 18 Nov 2017


The Mayor and Bristol City Council are committed to hearing the voices of all our communities in Bristol to influence and shape our decision making and planning for our current and future city. We specifically want to support the participation and hear the views of individuals, communities and organisations that experience social and economic disadvantage and inequality so we can ensure that everyone benefits from the City’s success.

Why We Are Consulting

Bristol City Council - through the Bristol Impact Fund has allocated £392,000 over three years to empower communities to reduce disadvantage and inequality, using influence and participation as a way to achieve this.

Together with the Mayor’s vision for the city, and the Bristol Impact Fund objective to improve inequality and disadvantage, we are asking Bristol citizens what factors the new service needs to address to ensure communities can have a voice that is heard, thereby creating a more equitable city.

Previously Voice and Influence has been provided by separate equality forums governed by specific protected characteristics. We are proposing that in the future one organisation or consortium of organisations develop a voice and influence participation model designed to bring common issues together in a shared approach across equalities groups.  We also want the new service to work with people who experience poverty and disadvantage.

This consultation has three aims: 

  • Decide on the scope of the new service
  • Inform about what the new service should do
  • Determine the most effective way to provide it

What Happens Next

Once the consultation has ended, we plan to commission a piece of work using the feedback from the public.  However, we plan to release the feedback from the consultation survey beforehand early September, date to be decided. 


  • All Areas


  • All residents
  • Children / Young People
  • Council tenants
  • Expert Stakeholders
  • Parents, carers and guardians
  • Equalities group(s)
  • Business
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Faith and religion
  • Gender issues
  • Older people's issues
  • Race issues
  • Voluntary sector
  • Sexuality issues
  • Democracy and participation