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 City Director, Ambassador and the chief service officer’s hard work, Bristol is tackling key city issues including literacy, loneliness and isolation.

Bristol has successfully engaged volunteers to help increase reading rates of 5 to 7-year-olds in 5 local schools to increase the number of children who leave primary school with strong reading profiency. Bristol is also leveraging volunteers through local partners Cruse Bereavement Care and Bristol City Council to reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation among the city's older population. 

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Education and Youth

School Reading Recovery

Through the reading initiative, Bristol plans to make sure that all children in Bristol learn to read well and love reading for the rest of their lives. We are now linking with local companies through the Ablaze programme, the Retired and Senior Volunteers Programme, our two universities and local community projects with a view to developing a citywide programme of reading recovery in our primary schools.

"Everyone has something to offer and we intend through this programme to ensure that we unleash that potential."
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

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