Bristol, UK

Bristol, UK

Bristol has been a member of the Cities of Service Coalition in the UK since 2014. With the support of the Chief Executive, the Ambassador, and the Chief Service Officer's hard work, Bristol is tackling key city issues including literacy, work experience, rough sleeping, clean streets, and loneliness and isolation. 

Bristol has successfully engaged more than 200 volunteers to help boost reading proficiency amongst 5-to-7-year-olds in more than 50 local schools and increase the number of children who leave primary school with strong reading skills. Bristol is also leveraging volunteers through a local partnership with the Learning City initiative to provide quality work experience for young people. Two new Mayoral Citizen Action projects were launched in 2016 to reduce rough sleeping and clean up the city's streets. 

To learn more about Bristol's work, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

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Education and Youth

Education and Youth School Reading Recovery

Through the reading initiative, Mayor Rees intends to make sure that all children in Bristol learn to read well and love reading for the rest of their lives. Through partnerships with local organizations including the Ablaze charity, the Retired and Senior Volunteers Programme, and two universities, Bristol plans to develop a city-wide program of reading recovery in their primary schools.

"Over the past two years as a member of the Cities of Service family, and with the support of our US and UK partners, we have been able to test out different approaches to citizen action that support community cohesion and resilience while addressing city-wide priorities."
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

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