Have your say and help shape Bristol’s future by signing up for free membership of the Voice and Influence Partnership.
Coronavirus update, information and support
Coronavirus has affected every part of our lives and our city. This has also meant that many of the consultations and opportunities to get involved that the Voice and Influence Partnership would usually be connecting you with have been cancelled or postponed. We are focused on looking at alternative ways you can still have your say.
As a partnership, we are working with Bristol City Council to make sure the voices and needs of the equalities communities we work with are still heard. We will keep you updated and continue to work to provide voice and influence opportunities for you.
You can find information from Bristol City Council, including how to get help, how to volunteer and service updates by following this link.
If you, a family member or a neighbour need help getting food or doing other essential tasks, or are feeling isolated you can:
- fill in the Council’s enquiries form
- call 0800 694 0184 (8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays), a translation service is available
- Deaf BSL users can contact the phoneline through a BSL Interpreter using SignVideo
If you are experiencing any form of Domestic Abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support remain available. You can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0800 2000 247, or visit this link for local services.
Information and support from the VIP Partners
Bristol Older Peoples Forum – Information and advice for Older People (over 55) including how to contact the new Age UK Support Hub and ways to stay connected and active at home.
Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People – a wide range of services and information including links to British Sign Language (BSL) interpretations and BSL accessible services.
OTR (VIP LGBTQ+ partner) – Find information on what support is available through Freedom, OTR’s gender and sexuality social action project. The OTR VIP LGBTQ+ panel is also working with community groups to support LGBTQ+ people of all ages across Bristol during COVID-19.
WECIL – advice and support for anyone who identifies as disabled, including information and advice about COVID-19 and direct payments as well as easy read information.
SARI – Stand Against Racism & Inequality continue to provide their services including the Bristol Hate Crime & Discrimination Services for any victim of hate crime from the Avon and Somerset area.
VOSCUR – a wide range of information and support for Bristol’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector is available.
About the Voice and Influence Partnership
Our partnership is made up of leading equalities organisations and community champions from across Bristol. As a member, you can benefit from their combined expertise, support and influence.
By working together we can make sure our diverse communities are part of local decision making.
The partnership is for people who are:
- over 55
- a member of a faith group
- identify as disabled
- are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic group
- identify as LGBTQ+
Your VIP membership
- Receive our regular newsletter with updates on key consultations and issues relevant to you.
- Come to our free events, hear from guest speakers, and put your questions to the Council.
- Be part of an independent partnership that uses individual and combined voices to influence Bristol City Council and other public bodies.
- Be informed of how your contribution has made a difference.
- Membership is free and you can sign up online or contact us using the information below to request a paper form.
0117 965 4444
VIP, The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre,
Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ
About the Partnership
The Voice and Influence Partnership has been created to help make sure that individuals, groups and communities whose voices aren’t always heard are listened to, and are part of shaping Bristol’s future.
The Partnership is made up of our delivery partners The Care Forum, Bristol Older People’s Forum, Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, OTR Freedom and WECIL. Our advisory partners are SARI and VOSCUR. The partnership is funded by Bristol City Council.
Your information and data
The Voice and Influence Partnership is led by The Care Forum and we will only share your details with the other organisations in the Partnership if you give us permission to when you sign up. We do not share information with any organisations unless you have said we can.
All the information you provide us with is held securely and you can change how you would like us to contact you or ask us to delete any information we hold about you by contacting us using the details above.
You can find more details about how we store and use the information you provide by following this link.