Offers and Asks from the City Gathering March 2023

Before the City Gathering, we asked delegates and speakers if they had an Offer and an Ask for Bristol. The table below collates these.

If you think that you can offer assistance to an organisation, please email the City Office and we will put you in touch. Or alternatively, email the organisations directly.

Name/Organisation Offer Ask
Sarah Crew and Mark Runacres
Avon and Somerset Police
OFFER: We use technology, data, and insight well e.g., data science, visualisation, robotics and online reporting and engagement. We can help others, where there is a willingness to collaborate in the public interest.

OFFER: a commitment to working in partnership to ensure we can maintain the best possible services despite the challenges that lie ahead.

ASK: for partners to be active, vocal and visible supporters of the local police when things have been done well.
ASK: We want to strengthen our relationship with communities with lower levels of trust. Building trust starts early. We are seeking effective ways to engage with young people.
Ian Roderick,

The Schumacher Institute

OFFER: A team of fellows able to do some systems thinking and foresight on any tricky issues or problems affecting the city. ASK: Support (sponsorship?) for our conferences on June 16th (Positive Disruption for Our Future, at Arnos Manor Hotel) & 17th (Small Is the Future, at Paintworks).
Jon Sankey
Head of Business Development
Vattenfall Heat UK
OFFER: Vattenfall is working with Bristol City Leap to expand the heat network, add new networks, and ultimately interconnect them to create a single Bristol Heat Network providing low carbon, reliable heating and hot water at fair and transparent prices. ASK: That organisations support Bristol City Leap and the Bristol Heat Network and consider connecting their buildings when they are planning how to decarbonise their operations. Get in contact with the Vattenfall Business Development team for details.
Douglas K, OFFER: I’m happy to free offer consultations on branding and social media. ASK: My ask is that Keep Art It wants to produce a new TV pilot and is looking for partners who want to be part of this exciting project!
Steve Rea,

South Bristol Locality Partnership

OFFER: As a Locality Partnership we are on a journey of integrating health and care provision for people in South Bristol. Our offer through our work is to help better achieve the OneCity plan goals (particularly relating to health and wellbeing). ASK: Our ask is for people and organisations in South Bristol to get in touch if you can help us in this: bnssg.southbristollocality*
Mark Pepper,
Ambition Lawrence
Offer to Housing Department: To act as a secure drop off point for residents needing to return their keys when vacating council housing, therefore saving them the needed trip to Temple Street and remove the cost for locksmith when keys are not returned due to the hassle of traveling to Temple Street. ASK: For housing to arrange retrieving keys periodically from us.
Judith Brown,

Bristol Older People’s Forum

OFFER: To represent, help and inform  older people in Bristol ASK: is that the needs of all older people in Bristol are taken fully into account when decisions about the city are made.
Davina Gilbert (She/Her)

Future Leap

OFFER: Future Leap are holding the Festival of Sustainable Business Exhibition on Thursday 15 June – Bristol’s largest free sustainability event. This is a platform for you to discover the organisations leading the way, expand your knowledge and make valuable connections to progress your sustainability journey. ASK: Building a more sustainable future requires businesses to work together. Join us at the Exhibition to expand your knowledge, make valuable connections and be proactive for the future of our planet.
Lisa Dicker,, Bristol Dementia Action Alliance OFFER: Our offer is to support organisations, businesses, and the community to become more aware about dementia. We do this by offering and delivering a one-hour dementia awareness session in the workplace or organisation. ASK: Our ask is for businesses, organisations, and the community to consider the impact of dementia on their staff, clients, and members and to engage with BDAA to improve their understanding of dementia. We have a number of ways for groups to get involved through volunteering, connections and training.
Sorcha Young,

Bristol Hub

OFFER: Bristol Hub can offer the community support for social and environmental issues they are currently facing (through specifically-designed projects) ASK: We want to ask for more communication between offers available so everyone can collaborate more effectively!
Frank Noble,

Chief Executive,

St Peter’s Hospice

COFFER: Charities and not-for-profit organisations offer flexible and responsive services for communities. ASK: How will the charity/NFP voice be heard in City planning and what support will they receive to facilitate their services?
Aine Morris,


OFFER: Mentoring, consultancy or advice around food projects, communications strategy or festival/content development ASK: Much greater focus on regional food security & developing strategic food plan, which actively tackles incoming climate crisis
Maria Kane,


North Bristol Trust

OFFER: We can offer placements, apprenticeships and local health and wellbeing days for residents ASK: Continued supported on prevention of illness, support for young people’s mental health, and a review of ‘responsible scooter use’!
Zoe Taylor,


OFFER: I can increase awareness of your work amongst university students and encourage students to get actively involved in local social action. ASK: For organisations to offer regular and one off social action volunteering opportunities that students can participate in.
Stacy Yelland,

Eastside Community Trust,

OFFER: Affordable room hire with excellent catering from our new café partner Houria CIC

Partnership working on community engagement and consultation reaching residents in Easton and Lawrence Hill

Share learning and experience of charity mergers, managing community buildings, playwork, community communications

Advertising and communication subscriptions – good value to reach a wide and diverse audience

ASK: Consider community organisations and Community Anchor Organisations as partners to deliver your organisations aims, and come and visit us
Tim Temple,


OFFER: Locality members believe in the Power of Community. We manage the community spaces across Bristol’s many neighbourhoods. We offer play, youth, sport, housing, climate, environment, social care, libraries and more – and this year we’re hosting warm hubs, providing space for emergency food distribution and advocating on behalf of communities. ASK: The ask is to keep supporting us to make the difference we make; and to involve us in planning for the future of our communities.
Clare Walker,

Home for Good,

OFFER: There are not enough fostering households in the city for all the children in care who need them, meaning some children are placed at a distance from Bristol. Home for Good engages with faith communities across the city to recruit and support new carers so children in care can be placed with a local family. Each local family found by Home for Good who is approved by Bristol City Council will save the Council £90k over 5 years. ASK: Would you stand with us as we seek to raise awareness of the need for foster carers across Bristol and continue to work with Home for Good as we champion this great need across the city?
Sado Jirde, Director,

Black South West Network (BSWN)

OFFER: Access to insight, understanding and equitable co-designed approaches with Black and Minoritised communities ASK: The BSWN Tech Incubation Programme to be launched in April seeking financial and non-financial support.
Jenny Foster,

Global Goals Centre,

OFFER: Sparks Bristol, the arts and sustainability hub opening in the old M&S Broadmead May 13th 2023, is now inviting applications for traders, artists desks and studios, and event space, all at affordable prices. ASK: This is a partnership project for the city and we need volunteers and sponsorship to enable this exciting project to happen!

For all opportunities please look at the Project Pack

Ben Bowskill,


OFFER: Support the city working collaboratively with local residents, businesses and government to create a better-connected city where everyone can get around without being dependent on cars. ASK: The City works to address inequalities in transport, banning pavement parking, improving conditions for the most vulnerable, making it easy for everyone to walk, wheel and cycle.
Mark Apsey,

City Leap

OFFER: Investment, expertise and partnership to decarbonise Bristol with everyone. ASK: Join our supply chain. Ask for our help to decarbonise your buildings. Apply for jobs and join us.
Mike Paton, Director,

Engine Shed,

OFFER: A Bristol innovation hub supporting entrepreneurs and businesses to start, grow and collaborate to drive sustainable and inclusive development for our region. ASK: talk to us about how we can work together to grow Bristol as an innovation powerhouse.
Bristol Earthquake Solidarity Group
OFFER: Help coordinate Bristol’s efforts to respond & raise awareness of ways we can send aid equitably ASK: Help earthquake victims (Turkiye/Syria) & ensure all affected (esp. less reached areas) receive Bristol’s support
Amy Harrison, Head of Community Partnerships (she/her)

Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC

OFFER: Share info and/or apply to the Community Climate Action Project’s new learning and mentoring programme which includes a £3,000 participation bursary per organisation. Application deadline 20 March. For more info visit: ASK: Share info and/or apply to the Community Climate Action Project’s new learning and mentoring programme which includes a £3,000 participation bursary per organisation. Application deadline 20 March. For more info visit: (same info for both)
Silvia Jimenez Cruz

Age UK Bristol

OFFER: a chance for speakers or facilitators to attend any of our weekly meetings. Our FAB Cafes are a great opportunity to reach older people about the work you do and the services you provide. We are always looking for engaging and informal speakers. ASK: For accessible and attractive premises for older people, this could be cafes, meeting rooms, studios, to run weekly or one-off activities, in all areas of the city.

And for sponsorship for our bulletin. We send a fortnightly online bulletin and a bi-monthly printed bulletin, reaching around 1,400 members. Sponsorship allows us to reach people who are not online and this opportunity could offer a chance for your organisation / services to be advertised to all of these older people

Louise Delmege

Partnership Coordinator

OFFER: We would like to offer to help organisations who want to support a more sustainable food system. We can write about your work on the BGF website, offer advice and connections, and even have you join the Bristol Good Food 2030 Partnership so your work can be recognised as part of city-wide efforts to change our food system. ASK: What is your organisation putting in place to prepare for the next pandemic? Are you writing emergency plans? Have you made a record of the systems you built to support people during the last lockdowns? We want to connect with everyone in the city doing this work so we can build a collaborative approach in time for the next disaster.
Kirsten Hambly,

Bristol Future Talent Partnership,

OFFER: By providing high quality work experience and mentoring opportunities to young people in Bristol, your organisation can help to remove barriers, raise aspirations, and provide talent with opportunity – making Bristol a fairer and more racially equal place to study and work as a result. ASK: We realise hosting work experience takes a lot of time and effort, but by working with Bristol Future Talent Partnership your organisation will be provided with all the support and guidance needed to make the experience as easy, and rewarding, as possible.
Alistair Dale

Youth Moves

OFFER: Youth Moves have lots of partnership opportunities in the Youth Zone from 2025. ASK: For partners in the city to be clear what their offer could look like in the Youth Zone.
Matt Hatcher,


OFFER: NatWest CareerSense is our employability education programme for 13-24 year olds. The website hosts a range of employability information, resources and details on how you can get involved. ASK: Raise awareness of these free resources available to Schools, Careers Advisors and Youth Networks.
Rebecca Mear,


OFFER: We can offer a way of coproducing with the VCSE sector, all of whom are working to address inequality and poverty in various forms. By doing so, you can work with providers with grassroots insight by the communities, for the communities. ASK: Our ask of you is to recognise the expertise that the VCSE sector offers, as well as asking them to coproduce services and projects with you. Investing the time and long-term funding needed – leading to actual innovation and real social return on investment.
Edward Rowberry,

Bristol and Bath Regional Capital 

OFFER: To work in partnership to secure investment funding for the Bristol City Region to accelerate our journey to Net Zero. ASK: For information and contacts that will support us in this task.
Roger White,

Chair of South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust,

OFFER: As one of the organisers of the Handfuls of Harmony (children and adult) choir in BS3, I’m offering to liaise with choir leaders in other parts of the city to bring children together in joint singing sessions and performances – promoting cross-cultural exchanges between different post code areas in Bristol, without the need  and expense of travelling abroad. ASK: As a member of one of the few remaining co-operative learning trusts in the UK, can the city draw on our experience and expertise to promote the advantages of co-operative activities in interested schools?
Dominic Ellison – on behalf of the Economy and Skills Board OFFER: To work with all organisations to align the work you are doing as employers, or as organisations supporting people into work, to close these employment gaps faced by underrepresented groups in employment. We can maximise your impact by matching support services to real-world opportunities at a city-wide level and measure and report on what changes. ASK: Let the Economy & Skills Board know what you are doing in this area, so we can connect you in.
Dominic Ellison,


OFFER: As one of the UK’s largest Disabled people’s organisations, WECIL can support you as an employer to be fully inclusive of Disabled people, ensuring that you are not unwittingly excluding one fifth talented jobseekers from applying for your roles or losing members of your team who become Disabled or develop a long term health condition. We can connect you with experts with lived experience of disability through WECIL’s consultancy service, Disability.Inc., who can help you identify and remove barriers that are in place. ASK: Open up your employment opportunities to Disabled people by removing the barriers you have in your work places.

This could be in the policies that you don’t recognise are exclusionary, the physical space of work you haven’t modified or simply not having Disabled people involved in your recruitment, spotting what excludes Disabled people from applying and being seen at interview to show Disabled people that they will be included.

Janine Michael,

Centre for Sustainable Energy

OFFER: The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) will work to scale up home energy retrofit services locally – with our newly formed Community Interest Company Retrofit West providing grants and opportunities for communities and partners to join in.

ASK: Help us to keep our freephone fuel poverty advice service open and available to any Bristol household that needs our help. Please promote our campaign – Share the Warmth – through your networks and consider providing sponsorship/donating.
Francis McGarry,

Network Rail

OFFER: Network Rail can provide the support and expertise to help deliver an integrated sustainable travel solution for city, alongside improving the experience of the 10 million passengers that travel to or through Bristol Temple Meads every year. ASK: Ensure that rail is included in all of the city’s decarbonisation and sustainable travel plans, alongside supporting the development of; and lobbying for, the electrification on Filton Four Track and the Bristol to Bath route