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Love Horfield Schools' Conference

Published on 20/03/18

It was a huge privilege to host the first ever Love Horfield Schools' Conference and to put young people's voices at the heart of democracy. 

The conference was opened by our Year 9 student and Bristol Youth Councillor Mo Aidid.

The conference was attended by School Councils from Horfield CofE Primary, Upper Horfield Community School, Filton Avenue Primary (Orchard and Lockleaze Road campus’) and Orchard School Bristol.

The school children all gave excellent presentations of the data collected from students, parents and carers at their school and their recommendations for priorities and projects for the neighbourhood. The conference then used this to set 5 area priorities, these are:

  • Places to meet friends
  • Cleanliness including litter and dog mess 
  • Crime
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Air pollution

The School Councils then worked with local organisations to design projects to tackle the 5 area priorities, these projects include:

  • A running club that picks up litter as they go
  • Dog mess poster compertion
  • E-safety sessions designed by children for their parents, with rules including "take away our devices and make us go outside and play!"
  • Youth cafe
  • Tree planting
  • Cooking club with food being cooked for the homeless
  • Foodbank days in school

The Conference was closed by Councillor Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Skills and Education.

A big thank-you to all the schools in the area who have given their time to support the project this far; and also to the wonderful facilitators from United Communities, Ebenezer Church, Horfield Youth Club, Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol Ageing Better, the Police, Upper Horfield Community Trust, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol Waste, Learning Partnership West, Wellbeing Arts, Creating Life Chances, St Pauls Carnival, the Councillors and Bristol City Council Neighbourhoods, Community Development, Library and Youth teams.

Photos from the day can be found, here

So how can you get involved?

A group of residents and local organisations are working together to organise the first Love Horfield Community Conference. This will give you the opportunity to find out how you can help out with these projects and make Horfield a better place to live. So come along:

Love Horfield Community Conference

Time: 19th April 6-8pm

Venue: Horfield Leisure Centre

If you are interested in helping to organise the conference or want more information about the project please contact caroline.hollies@bristol.gov.uk or telephone 0117 92 23977.