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BRISTOL SOCIAL COHESION CHALLENGE


Bristol is launching an open call for proposals to strengthen residents' shared sense of belonging and community resilience. Successful applicants will work with communities in Bristol as well as gaining global visibility through the 100 Resilience Cities network. 

The deadline for applications was 4 February 2016.

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BRISTOL SOCIAL COHESION CHALLENGE


Bristol is launching an open call for proposals to strengthen residents' shared sense of belonging and community resilience. Successful applicants will work with communities in Bristol as well as gaining global visibility through the 100 Resilience Cities network. 

The deadline for applications was 4 February 2016.


The Challenge: In recent years, numbers of newcomers to Bristol have risen. There are now at least 45 religions, 180 countries of birth represented and 91 main languages spoken by people living in Bristol. Tensions between long-term residents and newer arrivals have grown in some areas of the city, with an average of 40% of residents identifying community cohesion as a problem. Bristol is looking for creative and engaging ways to increase trust within communities so that residents come to behave in a neighbourly way and gain a shared sense of place, leading to a reduced number of reported incidents of hate crime.


The Opportunity: Successful proposals will be supported to demonstrate their solution in one of the neighbourhoods identified by the city. A landing programme will help the selected provider to pilot their solution and adapt it to the local context, offering logistical support and facilitating connections with local stakeholders. Bristol is particularly interested in solutions that could prove to be self-sustaining, but selected solutions could potentially be co-commissioned by the council.


Who can apply: Social entrepreneurs, citizens, designers, NGOs, and general city and community enthusiasts who work locally or internationally are all welcome to apply. The opportunity is open to anyone to support Bristolians to embrace difference and diversity, identify shared values, and strengthen mutual respect.


Results


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Results


Congratulations to United Communities and Mescladís Foundation, selected by the Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge's evaluation panel to pilot their proposals in the City.

The Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge team would also like to congratulate and thank shortlisted proposers Growth Through Energy + Community Health (GTECH strategies), the Knowle West Health Park Company and Hartcliffe and Withywood Community Partnership, and The Participatory City. 

 

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How to apply:

2) Review the evaluation criteria. 

1) Carefully read the full challenge statement.

3) Download and complete the application form.

4) Submit your application by 12:00 GMT 4 February 2016. 



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ABOUT THE SOCIAL COHESION CHALLENGES


Active community engagement, social integration and strong social networks are key factors in enhancing a city’s resilience. While nearly 60% of 100RC member cities cited social cohesion as one of the top three stresses they face, many Chief Resilience Officers are struggling with the question of how to address this. The Social Cohesion Challenges are designed to help cities identify innovative ways to build and strengthen social cohesion. 

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ABOUT THE SOCIAL COHESION CHALLENGES


Active community engagement, social integration and strong social networks are key factors in enhancing a city’s resilience. While nearly 60% of 100RC member cities cited social cohesion as one of the top three stresses they face, many Chief Resilience Officers are struggling with the question of how to address this. The Social Cohesion Challenges are designed to help cities identify innovative ways to build and strengthen social cohesion. 

Bristol

Bristol is the UK’s unofficial capital of the south west, a vibrant city with a range of strong industries and a reputation as a good place to live and do business. While Bristol has been a multicultural city for centuries, growing tensions in some areas of the city are partly due to increased immigration in recent years - at least 180 countries of birth are now represented. Bristol is looking for creative and engaging ways to build trust within the communities as part of the city’s resilience plans. 

100 Resilience Cities (100RC)

Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, 100RC is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.

Citymart

Citymart transforms the way cities solve problems, connecting them with new ideas through open challenges to entrepreneurs and citizens. Our method has helped more than 50 cities around the world from San Francisco to London and Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro find proven solutions. Citymart partners with cities to rethink their spending habits so they focus on what problems they need to solve instead of what things they want to buy. 

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