Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Child Friendly City included in Bristol's new Resilient City Strategy

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 volunteering opportunities".

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 opportunities.

To find out more and download a copy of the strategy visit the Bristol City Council website.

Friday, 11 March 2016

The 'Our Journey Together: Strategic priorities for Young People in Bristol' youth conference took place on 26 January at Mshed.

All documentation from the conference is now available to view on the Voscur website.

At the Child Friendly City Symposium in November, the idea of a children and young people's Mayoral Hustings was discussed. We're delighted that the  Creative Youth Network and Young Bristol have organised this (targeted at 14 years+) at The Station on 13 April.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Bristol Child Friendly City on BBC Breakfast

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.


View the BBC Breakfast feature  

(contains three short films broadcast at 6.50, 7.50 and 8.50am on Friday 22 January 2016)

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.