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Love Horfield Schools' Conference

Updated: Jul 11, 2018

The first Love Horfield Schools’ Conference is now done and dusted, phew!

The Conference was opened by Mo, a pupil at Orchard School and Bristol Youth Councillor stating that “children and young people should not wait to sort things out when they get older, they need to sort out the mess NOW!”

The conference was attended by School Councils from Horfield CofE Primary, Upper Horfield Community School, Filton Avenue Primary School (both Orchard and Lockleaze Road campuses) and Orchard Secondary School. They all gave excellent presentations of the data collected from pupils, parents and carers from their school and their recommendations for priorities and projects for the neighbourhood. The Conference then used this to set 5 area priorities, these are:

  • Cleanliness

  • Crime

  • Homelessness

  • Air Quality

  • Places to meet friends; Parks

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

CLEANLINESS Operation No more dog poo – Filton Avenue (Orchard campus) Litter Run – Filton Avenue (Lockleaze Road campus) Project Team Clean – Upper Horfield Primary School

CRIME Be fine on-line - Filton Avenue (Lockleaze Road campus)

AIR QUALITY Operation Wild-it – Horfield CofE

PLACES TO MEET FRIENDS; PARKS Youth café – Orchard School Bristol

HOMELESSNESS Helping the homeless – Orchard School Bristol

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

“It is so important that children and young people get involved in decision making and helping their area – just remember you CAN do it!”.

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 our wonderful facilitators from United Communities, Ebenezer Church, Horfield Youth Club, Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol Ageing Better, the Police, Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol Waste, Learning Partnership West, St Pauls Carnival and Bristol City Council Neighbourhoods, Community Development and Youth teams, we really appreciate you giving the time to support the children and young people.

So what next and 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 what some of these strangely-named projects are and how you can help out to make Horfield an even better place to live. So come along:

Love Horfield Community Conference Thursday 3rd May 6-8pm Venue: to be confirmed

If you are interested in helping to organise the Conference or want more information about the project please contact

More photos from the day on Orchard School flickr account here.

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