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Civic Participation and Employment Examples

Bristol Older People’s Forum

The aim of the forum is that every older person is an equal, valued, participating member of the community who can influence the decisions which affect their lives. Their activities include meetings with expert and peer speakers sharing information and gathering the views of older people, giving consultation responses and proactive comment on local authority, NHS, national policy and engaging older people to comment themselves.

Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) exists to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by working with those in the City of Bristol who are socially and economically excluded or disadvantaged on the grounds of their age, relieving their needs and supporting their participation in society.


Can Do Bristol

A platform for community action. Where people can share ideas, crowdsource and exchange knowledge, time & resources for social good


Retired and Senior Volunteers Programme

RSVP’s mission is to encourage those over 50 to volunteer for the benefit of your local community and to provide you with appropriate training and support. They recruit older people as volunteers to contribute to a range of initiatives from school reading groups, care home lay assessor schemes and volunteer driving services within GP surgeries.


Older People’s Employment Agency

Whilst some employers do take an enlightened view of older workers there is a tendency to overlook the qualities that such people bring.   In order to address this “market failure” The Anchor Society has started this pilot with Business in the Community to address and innovate around the barriers to employment for people over 55


Bristol Walking Alliance

Bristol Walking Alliance is currently working on a pavement parking campaign, to prevent cars parking on the pavement. Other work includes a clear air campaign, commenting on selected planning applications and transport scheme proposals and commenting on draft council strategies, polices, plans and design guidance.

Bristol Walking Alliance is a consortium of organisations and individuals campaigning to improve Bristol's walking environment


BS3 Community Development

BS3 Community Development provide regular activities at The Southville Centre for older people

They are actively involved in various community projects that work to improve peoples’ wellbeing and we have a particular focus on projects that can help to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people. These include involvement in the Tech & Talk computer cafes, friendly sessions, 4 a month, run in local cafes, offering people the chance to drop in, have a chat, ask for any help needed with tablets, laptops, mobiles.

BS3 Community Development is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. As a social enterprise they reinvest surplus generated from their profitable services into educational, arts, environmental and social projects that they either run directly or support partners to deliver.


Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss offer a range of services in the South West to help businesses become more attractive to, and inclusive of, people who are deaf or have hearing loss – from workplace assessments to deaf awareness training, assistive products to communication support. They alo have a free online Employers' Hub, containing articles and a downloadable guide covering clear and comprehensive advice on supporting employees with hearing loss.


Civil Euro Perspective

Offering support around aspects of social innovation and specially in relation the impact of the ageing population on economic development through the silver economy as well as the integration of refugees and migrants within the labour

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Age-friendly Bristol

An age-friendly city is a city that encourages active ageing by optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age - World Health Organisation

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The Partnership

Age-friendly Bristol is a partnership made up of Bristol Ageing Better, Age UK Bristol and Bristol City Council.

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The World Health Organisation have developed a framework for tackling such wide ranging issues in a way which is designed to improve the quality of life of older people – the Age-friendly City network.

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