Consultation on ‘Voice and Influence’


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


Alternative Formats

British Sign Language

You can view the Voice and Influence Draft Commissioning Plan summary in British Sign Language here.

Easy Read

You can view the Voice and Influence Draft Commissioning Plan summary in Easy Read here.

Give Us Your Views