Bristol Faith Manifesto 

Ahead of the coming Bristol Mayoral Elections, representatives of different faiths in the city have produced five shared goals that they believe are common to Bristol people and to the well-being of the city as a whole.

Faith communities play a crucial role in delivering a wide range of projects across Bristol and much of these services are offered voluntarily and at no cost to the local authority and other public bodies.  From play groups to youth groups, food banks to initiatives combating loneliness - faith communities supply thousands of hours of community care to some of the city’s most vulnerable.

The group committed to working towards the shared goals with whoever is elected and has set out five aspirations to work with the next Mayor of Bristol on. These are:

• Celebrating diversity

• Building community 

• Strengthening families

• Challenging poverty

• Tackling climate change 

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The Bristol Faith Manifesto is a result of six months' work by representatives of different faiths in the city including Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish. 

The group committed to working towards the shared goals with whoever is elected. Mayoral candidates were invited to the launched event at city hall, along with a number of other city leaders and stakeholders.

Martin Gainsborough, Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol and one of the members of the group said:

 “We are excited to launch this manifesto as it has been a labour of love for many of us over the last few months. We really wanted to draw attention to the role of faith communities in the city and the crucial work they are doing, much of it voluntarily. We also wanted to make the commitment that we will continue to serve our city in this way and outline that areas that we think need the most attention. We hope this manifesto is the start of a closer working relationship between the elected Mayor, their council and faith groups

Zaheer Shabir, from the council of Bristol Mosques and a member of the group, said:

It has been a positive and encouraging to work with representatives of so many of Bristol Faith groups to develop the manifesto. Although it took time, we learnt a lot from each other by listening and discussing our faiths, communities and priorities.  The shared themes of diversity, community, family, poverty and climate change were important and meaningful to the whole group and we hope to see real improvements in all areas over the coming months and years by continuing to work together.”

A copy of the Bristol Faith Manifesto can be downloaded at

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