The Bristol Child Friendly working group partners are:
The Architecture Centre is a Bristol-based arts and education charity which believes architecture is a tangible, meaningful art form that impacts on everyone’s lives.
Our mission is to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of architecture, and to champion better buildings and places for everyone. We inspire, inform and involve people in shaping better places through a lively programme of exhibitions, events, learning and outreach work.
Established in 1996, the Centre is a popular cultural venue situated on the Harbourside in central Bristol. With a free gallery space open to the public five days a week, the Centre attracts 20,000 visitors a year. Our learning programme has delivered inspiring outreach work with schools, youth people and families across Bristol for over ten years.
In 2009, Bedminster residents organised the first ever ‘playing out’ session – closing their road to through-traffic for a few hours after school, so children could safely play in the street. The idea has now spread across the country, with well over 200 streets regularly ‘opening for play’, including over 100 in Bristol, led by residents and supported by local authorities. Playing Out is now a Community Interest Company, offering resources, advice and direct support to anyone wanting to ‘make their street a place for play’, and supporting a growing network of active residents. The organisation also acts as a “voice for street play” through talks, blogs and media. Our long-term vision is that children everywhere can play out safely in the streets and open spaces where they live. The Child-Friendly City idea is therefore very closely aligned with our objectives.
Room 13 Hareclive is an independent artists' studio co-run by children and adults working together. We're based in the grounds of Hareclive Academy (primary) in Hartcliffe, south Bristol, and we also work with older children who have moved onto secondary school. Our expertise is around creativity, independent thinking, creative learning, collaboration and voice for children. Room 13 has been in Hartcliffe since 2003 and we are one of the oldest and most established Room 13 studios in the world (there are over 100 internationally). We currently have an exhibition at Engine Shed, Temple Meads, open to the public until September 4th 2015. Please come along! www.room13hareclive.org.uk
The Centre for Public Engagement has supported this Bristol CFC networking event (9 July 2015). Through the Connected Communities Programme Dr Keri Facer supported the Bristol Child Friendly City research project undertaken by the Architecture Centre in the Spring of 2015.
Through her work on All Age Friendly Cities, Dr Helen Manchester has supported the Bristol CFC Working group, exploring intergenerational aspects of cities. Dr Debbie Watson and Policy Bristol are supporting the Bristol CFC Working Group with the development of a symposium event in November 2015 as part of the university’s Thinking Futures Festival. www.bristol.ac.uk/public-engagement