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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:

Forthcoming meetings

CEF Time Date
Bitton, Oldland, North Common and Siston 7pm Monday 18 January 2021
Hanham and Longwell Green 7pm Monday 25 January 2021
Stoke Gifford, Stoke Park and Cheswick 7pm Monday 1 February 2021
Thornbury and Severn Vale 7pm Monday 8 February 2021
Downend, Emersons Green and Frenchay 7pm Monday 22 February 2021
Cotswold Edge 12:30pm Wednesday 24 February 2021
Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and New Cheltenham 7pm Thursday 25 February 2021
Kingswood 7pm Tuesday 2 March 2021
Frome Valley 2pm Wednesday 3 March 2021
Bradley Stoke, Stoke Lodge and The Common 7pm Tuesday 9 March 2021
Boyd Valley 1pm Wednesday 10 March 2021
Yate Area 7pm Thursday 11 March 2021
Severnside 7pm Tuesday 16 March 2021
Concorde 7pm Thursday 18 March 2021


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 on 01454 868113.

Community Engagement Forum Groups 2020

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