This month’s newsletter starts with a few dates for your diary, including the January City Gathering and Golden Key’s Hot Coffee, Hot Topic session on their Approach to System Change – an issue particularly relevant to all involved in the One City Approach.

We’re also holding a Drop-in session where you can contribute to the refresh of the One City Plan – to be published in January 2020. This is amongst the last chances to get involved with the refresh, as the print deadlines draw near, so please let us know if you’d like to attend – your input will be invaluable. The team is busy continuing to work on the refresh, an summary annual report that sets out the progress made and lessons learned in 2019.


City Gathering: Save the Date, 10th January, City Hall, Bristol

Please note that Gathering will be ticketed (free!), and spaces will be limited. We will send out an Eventbrite link in the coming weeks, please look out for this and make sure you register for a ticket as soon as possible – previous City Gatherings have been at full capacity. We are hoping for all organisations attending to provide a slide on their successes for the year that will play during the gathering refreshment breaks and networking sessions – please send these over by email.


Hot Coffee, Hot Topic: Golden Key’s Approach to System Change 1st November, 8am-9.15am, City Hall, Bristol

Hannah Mahoney from Golden Key will be presenting at this Hot Coffee Hot Topic on the partnership’s Approach to System Change.

After five years of working in partnership to improve the system for people with complex needs, Golden Key has developed this product to share its learning and to activate further system change.

Places are limited – please book on Eventbrite if you’d like to attend.


City Office Drop-in: One City Plan Refresh, 26th November, 3-4.30pm, Room 1D01, City Hall, Bristol

The refreshed plan will be launched at January’s City Gathering. We’ve been working all year – ever since the Plan launch – to gather feedback and contributions to help create a more sophisticated and rigorous version of the plan; noting that each year it will improve, and in this second version we continue to welcome feedback and constructive suggestions for how we can improve. This will be one of the very last chances to feed in – please book on Eventbrite if you’d like to attend.


End Cold Homes in Bristol, 11th November, 8.45am-1pm, City Hall, Bristol

Over 23,000 households in Bristol can’t afford to keep warm or cook regular hot meals. This workshop on Fuel Poverty will be an opportunity to engage with partners across the city, learn about services and funding available for those living in a cold home, and contribute to shaping the Fuel Poverty Action Plan in an interactive workshop.

See more about the event, and register, here.


Other events

The above are only a few of the events that the City Office and our partners are involved in – please do see the new Events page on our website for more. If you’d like us to list an event you’re organising, and it meets our criteria – taking a cross sector, collaborative approach to tackling key city challenges and enabling positive outcomes for citizens, contributing to the overarching goal of making Bristol a fair, healthy and sustainable city by 2050 – please let us know.


We are Bristol Now

The We are Bristol team have launched a new video to challenge divisions and build a city of hope, where everyone that chooses to live here is treated fairly and has the same life chances. See the new video on their website here.


Period Friendly Bristol

Period Dignity was chosen at the January City Gathering as one of the City Office’s Top 3 priorities for the year. As part of the Period Friendly Bristol initiative, Plimsoll Productions have worked with a group of young people to capture a snapshot of their perspectives. The video will be shared on social media by Bristol City Youth Council, and young people will be encouraged to fill out a short survey, to ensure that young people’s views are incorporated into Period Friendly Bristol’s vision.

An education programme, training and resources are being developed collaboratively and will be offered to all Bristol schools from 2020. The survey results will be taken into account in this programme and in the wider Period Friendly Bristol initiative.

Watch the video here.


Festival of the Future City

Last week saw a range of fascinating discussion during the Festival of the Future City. Among the various panels and events, delegates considered how best the city could address measures to tackle the climate emergency whilst a busy panel session on regional imbalances and deep devolution considered what more may be required at a local level to ensure places and their leaders have the powers and levers required to best implement policies and generate inclusive growth. A session on ‘Bristol Transformation: Creating Great Places’ also provided a chance to hear about some key developments across the city including Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and plans to develop Filton’s former airfield. Finally, a ground-breaking ‘Race and the City’ conference was held at City Hall – check the website over the next few days for all the content from the day. A big well done to Andrew and his team for what is always a fantastic event.


Our City, Our World

Lastly, we’re really looking forward to Babbasa’s Our City, Our World event, a youth conference which will help put Bristol’s young people’s voices at the heart of the One City Plan. The sold-out event is tonight – if you’re going, see you there!