Voice & Influence Partnership (VIP)

The Voice and Influence Partnership has been created to help make sure that individuals, groups and communities whose voices aren’t always heard are listened to, and are part of shaping Bristol’s future.

The Partnership is made up of our delivery partners The Care Forum, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum, Bristol Older People’s Forum, Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, MAG ConsultingOTR Freedom and  WECIL, and our advisory partners Bristol BME Voice and SARI. The partnership is funded by Bristol City Council.

Celebrating our first year’s VIP achievements

The first year of the Voice & Influence Partnership has been a successful one for BOPF. We have developed an effective community work approach, which means that we can support our VIP members and their community groups, particularly with fund raising, neighbourhood campaigning, project development advice and direct involvement in formal consultation – like our recent detailed and ongoing discussion around Clean Air.   We have already reached our contracted VIP membership with two years of the initial partnership to run.  This means we can focus on delivering high quality development work, as well as increasing the number of older people participating and holding Bristol City Council to account.

Through BOPF Voice & Influence, we want to make sure that Bristol’s older people have a direct say and involvement in Bristol City Council policy development and decision making. From toilets to transport, from climate change to wellbeing and health, we want VIP to make a difference!

Ian Quaife
BOPF Engagement & Development Manager