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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 / 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:


CEF Time Date
Bitton, Oldland, North Common and Siston 10am -11am Tuesday 15th September 2020
Hanham and Longwell Green 2pm-3pm Wednesday 16th September 2020
Stoke Gifford, Stoke Park and Cheswick 2pm – 3pm Wednesday 30th September 2020
Thornbury and Severn Vale 7pm-8pm Tuesday 6th Oct 2020
Downend, Emersons Green and Frenchay 7pm-8pm Wednesday 7th Oct 2020
Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and New Cheltenham 7pm-8pm Tuesday 13th October 2020
Kingswood 7pm-8pm Tuesday 20th Oct 2020
Bradley Stoke, Stoke Lodge and The Common 7pm-8pm Tuesday 27th October 2020
Concorde 2pm-3pm Wednesday 28th October 2020
Cotswold Edge 2pm -3pm Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Frome Valley 7pm-8pm Wednesday 4th November 2020
Severnside 7pm-8pm Wednesday 18th November 2020
Yate Area 7pm-8pm Thursday 19th November 2020
Boyd Valley 10am-11am Tuesday 1st December 2020


Find out when the next meeting is in your area, as well as previous meeting agendas and minutes

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, 01454 868113.

Community Engagement Forum Groups 2020

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