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Community Engagement Forums (CEFs)

Covid-19 update: We are now holding our meetings virtually on a digital platform. For meeting queries please call 01454 865057 or 01454 865338

Community Engagement Forums

Community Engagement Forums (CEF) in South Gloucestershire are about listening and responding to local people’s real issues. People in their communities know best what works for them and what their real needs are.

The CEF aims are:

  • to promote pride in the local area as a safe, thriving and pleasant place to live, work and play
  • to reduce crime, disorder and drug and alcohol misuse in the area
  • to empower local people to have a greater voice and influence over local decision making and service delivery by increasing the strength, capacity and engagement of the local community
  • to improve the quality of life of people in the local area by identifying community aspirations, needs and local priorities.

CEFs have been developed through working with various partner agencies including the Avon & Somerset Police, Avon Fire & Rescue, Public Health, town and parish councils and local organisations. CEFs are also about working in partnership with elected members. We aim to provide a platform for building strong and cohesive communities in which everyone, regardless of background, has a real sense of community involvement.

Within CEFs we also support groups who wish to make a positive difference and improve their own communities. We do this by supporting community engagement initiatives.


How to get involved in CEFs

There are 14 CEFs and each meets three times per year.

Please contact us if you want to join, or for any further information about your local CEF.

From September 2020 all CEF meetings will be delivered virtually and in support of this the CEF policy documents have been revised and a new Privacy Notice has been introduced. By willingly attending a CEF meeting you are positively indicating consent to the following:

Forthcoming meetings

CEF AREA Time Date Guest Speaker Presentation
Hanham and Longwell Green 7pm Thursday 9 September 2021 The Greener Places Strategy
Yate Area 7pm Wednesday 15 September 2021 Youth Services
Stoke Gifford, Stoke Park and Cheswick 7pm Tuesday 21 September 2021 Connecting Cheswick
Bradley Stoke, Stoke Lodge and The Common 7pm Tuesday 28 September 2021 Youth & Post 16 Employment Services/Future Bright
Downend, Emersons Green and Frenchay 7pm Tuesday 5 October 2021 Youth Services
Frome Valley 7pm Tuesday 12 October 2021 Promoting Positive Mental Health
Severnside 7pm Thursday 14 October 2021 Bristol Zoological Society – Strategy to 2035
Bitton, Oldland, North Common and Siston 7pm Wednesday 20 October 2021 Financial Security
Thornbury and Severn Vale 7pm Wednesday 27 October 2021 Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and New Cheltenham 7pm Tuesday 2 November 2021 Community Learning and Skills We Work for Everyone
Kingswood 7pm Thursday 4 November 2021 Local financial support
Concorde 7pm Wednesday 17 November 2021 Financial Security
Cotswold Edge 7pm Thursday 25 November 2021 Charfield Station Consultation
Boyd Valley 7pm Tuesday 30 November 2021 Great Western Air Ambulance Charity


Click here to view meeting agendas, minutes and presentations

Please see the map below or download a higher resolution version

Please read the briefing note which outlines the key changes intended.

For further information, please feel free to contact us on 01454 868113.

Community Engagement Forum Groups 2020

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