How can Bristol's VCSE sector ensure communities aren't left behind as we learn to accept a new level of uncertainty 'post-pandemic'? 

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9 February, 2022

To influence and help shape key decisions about our city and the people living, working and studying here, one effective way to build on the partnership working developed during the height of the pandemic is to seek and act on opportunities to take a seat at the policy-making table.

The City Office at Bristol City Council (BCC) has been reflecting on their board structure and wants to make them more transparent and accountable. The Children and Young People, Economy and Skills, Environment, Homes and Communities, and Transport boards are all currently seeking new members (18 on each Board) from a wide range of sectors, including the VCSE sector.

BCC is inviting expressions of interest from individuals to bring their experience, resources, knowledge, and networks to help lead Bristol’s journey towards becoming a fairer, healthier and more sustainable city for all. They are encouraging applications from people who are part of, or have knowledge, skills, and/or experience of the following groups: black and minority ethnic communities, people with disabilities, young people aged 18-24. Encouragingly, support and mentoring will be offered to any successful candidates who feels it would help them to play a full and active role in a Boards’ work.

To express your interest in joining one of these Boards, you should send a short Expression of Interest (a maximum of 250 words) on why you feel you would suit the role by 09:00 14th February 2022 to If you visit the BCC website. you can find out more about the role and specification.

As well as opportunities to work with the statutory sector to build back an even better and fairer Bristol, on our website we a promoting a wide range of directorships and trustee roles currently being advertised by VCSE organisations at the coal face of social transformation.

If you want to understand the role of a charity board member, or refresh your knowledge, have a look at our upcoming course Being a Good Board Member.

The course covers the roles and responsibilities of board members and the principles of good governance. It is suitable for new trustees or anyone thinking about joining a charity board.