Welcome to the platform that 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 as a citywide platform for volunteering and social action. Over 900 of you have joined this platform since - contributing to some extraordinary stories of volunteering and neighbourliness.
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 our wonderful city commit many days to improving children's confidence and overall reading skills, and encourage a love of reading.
In a nutshell, that's the principle behind Can Do Bristol. No matter how small or large, everyone has something to give and giving is good - it makes you feel better! Moreover, collaborations between both people and organisations create the best movements! Don't they?
Listen to Margaret and Martin ;)
As Margaret Mead famously pointed out, every movement starts when a small group of people simply refuse to accept a situation. Martin Luther King took this one step further by suggesting that collaboration is key to creating a fundamental change.
And who are we to argue? Our ambition for Can Do Bristol is to foster an active community network of like-minded people and organisations who connect their ideas and their passions to drive things forward.
This is not to absolve anyone of their responsibilities. Indeed, the neighbourhoods and communities team at Bristol City Council have paid the license to use this software and will be the platform administrator in the first instance. We are clear however that this platform is for everyone in Bristol, and we welcome others taking this administration responsibility on (even if we pay for it!).
Can Do Bristol offers many ways to connect with others and contribute to the city. If you or your business has something to offer, click here to find out how you can get involved.
For queries relating to Can Do Bristol, including any recommendations for this platform, please message Nic, Ricardo or Keith.