A bold aspiration to shape how Bristol could look 50 years from was officially launched in December 2016. Bristol Resilience Strategy - a framework to protect Bristol against potential shocks and pressures it may encounter in the future, looks ahead over the next 50 years, and there is a large focus on young people and how they can help build a more resilient future for the city.
Many of the ideas included in the strategy will benefit the next
generation, these include; votes for 16 year olds, free bus travel for
U16s and a vision for a child-friendly city.
Youth Mayor Theo Davis said: “The Youth Mayors and Youth Council are
pleased to see a City Resilience Strategy that looks fifty years ahead
to a time when our own children will be adults. The actions and
priorities that we choose to focus on today will determine the kind of
city that Bristol is in the future.
“Young people should be at the heart of these discussions and have a
real say in the decisions that affect our future. So it is great to see
that the strategy include actions that will directly benefit young
people; for example the proposals to give votes to 16 year olds, provide
free bus travel for under 16s and improve work experience and
As part of the launch event, there was a tour of examples of current
projects in Bristol that understand the importance of resilience. These
included Bristol Child Friendly City project Room 13 Hareclive, an independent artists’ studio run by
children and adults working together, Filwood Green Business Park and
the Severn Project, an urban farm that aims to empower individuals and
communities by providing authentic training, education and employment
To find out more and download a copy of the strategy visit the Bristol City Council website.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Friday, 11 March 2016
Thursday, 28 January 2016
Following Bristol's first Child Friendly City Symposium in November, the Bristol CFC Network has attracted national attention and last Friday BBC Breakfast broadcast a live feature about it. The feature explored a range of child friendly city themes and included:
- three live interview sessions from the Architecture Centre/ Bristol harbourside
- film footage of children enjoying Playing Out sessions on Bristol streets
- a fantastic short film from the Room 13 children at Hareclive Academy in Harcliffe.
Our thanks to all the following interviewees:
George Ferguson, Bristol Mayor
Amy Harrison, Learning & Participation Manager, Architecture Centre
Dr Angie Paige, University of Bristol
Kate Staniforth, Street Play Activator, Playing Out
Tim Gill, Rethinking Childhood
Ingrid Skeels, Shani Ali and all the children from Room 13 Studio (Hareclive Academy) featured in the short film.