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Bristol’s One City approach to support recovery after Covid-19

Bristol’s One City partners agreed to a number of new initiatives at a virtual event on Friday (26 June) – to support the city’s recovery after Covid-19.

More than 300 business, public and voluntary sector leaders met online to explore Bristol’s One City Approach to the coronavirus Pandemic.

They agreed four new priorities for the One City Plan – which will be a vital part of planning Bristol’s long term future.

These are to:
 – set up a new Mayoral Commission on Domestic Abuse
 – establish a new One City Culture Board
 – build a remembrance project focusing on loss and hope
 – create a One City Children’s Board.

Bristol’s One City Approach is a 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 partnership working.

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 be looking to help prevent domestic abuse, support survivors – and release funds for prevention activities.

Two new boards will focus on both Culture and Children. These will make sure both cultural industries and the city’s children thrive – despite the significant challenges posed by the coming months.

The Culture Board will make cultural and creative industries a key consideration of the city’s economic recovery work.

The Children’s Board will build on the work by the council and partners to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – as well as the work of the Children’s Charter.  

A main part of The Children’s Board’s role will be to set up a Belonging Strategy – to look at 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 at the moment. This might include loss of loved ones, lost opportunities, loss of life events or memories with those close to us.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, said: “…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.”

The One City Approach has been recognised by both the European Commission’s iCapital Innovation Awards and the United Nations for its success in “delivering a more collaborative approach” to city leadership.

To read more about Bristol’s One City Plan and the One City Approach visit: