Voice and Influence Partnership

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Have your say and help shape Bristol’s future by signing up for free membership of the Voice and Influence Partnership.

*Please scroll down the page to find information on Coronavirus support available from the VIP Partners*


Voice and Influence Partnership BME Community Fund

We are pleased to announce the first set of funding from the Voice and Influence Partnership (VIP) BME Community Fund. It
is available to Bristol based Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) focussed community groups.

Four individual grants of £250 are available to be used to help address needs and issues that are currently impacting or
affecting the communities you work with. This could be through a one-off piece of work, be part funding for a new project,
or to support work you are already undertaking.

Applications open on Monday 29 June 2020 and you need to have submitted your application by the closing deadline 9am
Monday 27 July 2020.

You can find out more by reading the application information and guidance. You can apply by completing our simple online application
form, or by filling in and sending back a paper or electronic application form either by post or email.

Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with black people and all who are oppressed and discriminated against.

The Voice and Influence Partnership was set up to help give voice to some of the least heard people in Bristol, and the events of the last few weeks have felt monumental and as if lasting change could finally be happening.

The brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd and the many other lives lost in the USA and UK as a result of prejudice motivated by hate have resonated across the country.

Communities everywhere have raised their voices to say loudly and unequivocally that Black Lives Matter and that the time for change has come.

Here in Bristol, we saw one of the most visible expressions of the strength of feeling in the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston.

But to progress, we must stay focused on the main issue of systemic racism. The journey will need to be sustained and supported for it to be successful. That it will take society as a whole, not just the activists and the communities at the heart of the movement. That we will all need to step up, take action and take responsibility for where we go now, and who we choose to become as a nation.

VIP works with and represents a wide range of communities including, Black Asian and minority ethnic communities, people over 55, LGBTQ+, and disabled people, as well as people of faith. We know that oppression and discrimination have no boundaries and that to work together with a shared goal of equality is our greatest chance to create lasting change.

We hope this message can be the start of a conversation and over the next few weeks we will be reaching out to you directly and through the organisations that make up the Partnership to hear from you and let you know what we are doing.

If you have been affected in any way by hate crime, including any form of racism, you can report it to, and get support from, VIP Partner SARI – Stand Against Racism & Inequality.

Pete Clasby
VIP Project Manager

Coronavirus 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:

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

If you have experienced any form of Hate Crime, you can find information and support by following this link to the SARI website.

Information and support from the VIP Partners

The Care Forum – find a range of support and information about Coronavirus for Bristol and South Gloucestershire on our Well Aware website

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+
Follow this link to sign up for free membership
 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.
Contact us

0117 965 4444
VIP, The Care Forum, The Vassall Centre,
Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

Facebook – @voiceandinfluencepartnership 
Twitter – @voiceinfluencep

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 PeopleOTR 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.

Logos of the organisations that are part of the Voice and Influence Partnership: The Care Forum, Bristol Older People's Forum, Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, WECIL, OTR Freedom, SARI, VOSCUR, Bristol City Council.