Bristol’s One City partners today agreed to a number of new initiatives at a City Gathering event (Friday 26 June).
More than 300 business, public and voluntary sector leaders gathered virtually to explore Bristol’s One City Approach to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and to revisit and choose updated priorities in order to support the city’s recovery.
Four new priorities were agreed by One City partners as it looked ahead to this year’s update of the One City Plan, which will be a vital part of planning Bristol’s long term future. These priorities are to:
- set up a new Mayoral Commission on Domestic Abuse
- establish a new One City Culture Board
- to build a remembrance project focusing on loss and hope
- to create a One City Children’s Board.
Bristol’s innovative One City Approach is an ambitious, collaborative way to reach a shared vision for Bristol. It is based on the principle that no organisation is able to solve the challenges facing the city alone, and promotes and enables partnership working across a wide range of sectors and organisations. It has been recognised by both the European Commission’s iCapital Innovation Awards and by the United Nations for its success in delivering a more collaborative approach to city leadership.
Calls to domestic abuse helplines increased by 350% during the first few weeks of lockdown. As a result a new Mayoral Commission on Domestic Abuse will develop a series of principles that will not only help prevent domestic abuse but also support survivors and release funds to support prevention activities. Four themed workshops will be taking place this summer to inform principles and findings will be published in the autumn.
Two new boards will focus on Culture and also Children. These intend to help partners to make sure both cultural industries and the city’s children thrive despite the significant challenges posed by the coming months ahead. The Culture Board will play a key role in making sure that cultural and creative industries are a core consideration of the city’s economic recovery work. The Children’s Board will build on the work Bristol City Council has carried out with partners to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the past, and the collaborative work of the Children’s Charter. A key part of the Children’s Board’s role will be to establish a Belonging Strategy which will investigate what it means for our city’s children and young people to feel like they belong in Bristol.
A remembrance project will also record and commemorate the loss felt by many in the city while looking forward with hope to the future. This will involve acknowledging the loss and pain many within the city are feeling right now. This might include loss of loved ones, lost opportunities, loss of life events and or memories with those close to us.
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, said:
"The One City Plan has provided a joined-up action plan across the public, private, voluntary and academic sectors in Bristol. This is a truly shared vision which helps us work better together. It’s delivered real improvements which people can see and feel, for example in tackling period poverty, recruiting more foster carers and helping move us towards being a Living Wage city. The One City Approach has helped Bristol respond well to the recent challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and is now inspiring many other cities around the world. We are clearly stronger together and these new additional priorities will help us to make a success of the city’s recovery."
Lynn Barlow, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Creative and Cultural Industries Engagement at the University of the West of England, said:
“A One City Culture Board will enable the cultural and creative industries to play a key role in the One City Approach. Culture is part of Bristol’s DNA, we have so many amazing organisations - large and small - and I am committed to bringing together a board that represents our communities, as well as professional organisations, and to ensure their ideas and voices are heard.”
You can read more about Bristol’s One City Plan and the One City Approach here: https://www.bristolonecity.com/about-the-one-city-plan/