Ambition Lawrence Weston
Ambition Lawrence Weston
Welcome to the Ambition Lawrence Weston 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Lawrence Weston as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.
The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Lawrence Weston with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.
In June 2019 Our Bigger Story hosted a 2 day event for all the case study areas. During this time, each of the OBS areas mapped their journey. Here are a few photos.
Having achieved 70% of their first community plan, Ambition Lawrence Weston and Lawrence Weston Big Local launched their second plan – A Joint Responsibility for Our Community – at an event in the youth centre on 28th June 2018. This has nine ambitious objectives around housing developments, improving transport links. Employment, health and wellbeing, public spaces, community energy, local facilities and children and young people. This film focuses, particularly, on whet the idea of resident led change means in Lawrence Weston from the perspective of elected members, delivery partners and local residents.
The second community plan 2018-2023 for Lawrence Weston (A Joint Responsibility for our Community) was launched at an event on 28th June 2018 at the local Youth Centre. The day introduced an exciting baseline evaluation of the health and wellbeing impact of the proposed community hub, which is a joint project between Ambition Lawrence Weston, NHS England and Bristol City Council which will continue in the coming years to review progress. The highlights of the community plan were also presented - with the focus on nine key objectives - ranging from environmental improvements, green energy initiatives, increasing housing choice, health and, wellbeing, children and young people and local facilities.
The second community plan for Lawrence Weston – 2018-2023 – was launched at an event at the youth centre on 28th June 2018. Having achieved 70% of the original plan’s goals, A Joint Responsibility for our Community sets out 9 objectives for the coming five years. These include extending housing choice, green energy initiatives, environmental improvements, young people, health and wellbeing, enhanced facilities locally and improved transport. This is a summary of the highlights of the new community plan.
Good turnout from residents for the mayoral conversation that took place on the 7th March at Lawrence Weston Youth Centre. See the responses from the mayor here.
The Lawrence Weston Christmas Event was organised by a group of residents. Months of hard work, stress and sleepless nights rewarded by the good feedback received from residents. The event was a great success and brought the community together.
This film by Bristol Energy Cooperative, describes the development of a solar farm. This is part of a wider green energy initiative in the area and the investment is expected to bring a social return for the residents.
Residents talk about the changes Big Local is bringing about in Lawrence Weston. They also reflect on some of the Big Local challenges and their hopes for the future.
Lawrence Weston lack safe social spaces for people to come together and socialise. The Big Local supported the local Baptist Church to refurbish and open The Café on The Cross.
Ambition Lawrence Weston participated in Lawrence Weston Carnival, organised by Oasis School, and was serving free pies to those who would like to do a survey with us. A great opportunity to talk to residents and explain our aspirations.
In this presentation, from the Big Local Spring Event in Bristol, May 2016, Lawrence Weston Big Local describe the work of the Employment Hub (since Sept 2015) on the estate and its approach to getting local residents into employment and training.
This film was made during a community day on the local urban farm. In it projects talk about how they plan to make a difference for young people and impact on local environmental and housing issues.
This short film is an animation which summarises The Neighbourhood Development Plan for Lawrence Weston, with a referendum on its future in February 2017. The Plan informed the development of Big Local actions on the estate.
This event was ran by a residents to help showcase local arts and works coming from residents. This was to promote Big Local and give an awareness to the general public. People and students from local schools showcased their work.
This film of a local Light Up Lawrence Weston’ parade provides an opportunity for residents to express their views about the community and their hopes for the future.
In this film local residents talk of their hopes for Ambition Lawrence Weston and Big Local and how the community can change for the better.
Community farm event activities included all of the farms usual activities, animal petting, wild woods walk and talks, bush craft. We also had fair ride/carousel, face painting arts and crafts, etc.
In putting together our community plan we have tried to include everything that is relevant to the people who live and work in Lawrence Weston, from employment and playgrounds to the design of new buildings.
In 2012 Ambition Lawrence Weston was formed - a development trust designed to place residents at the heart of the redevelopment of their area. This film documents the community planning day and the aims of the new trust.
We carried out surveys around informing the Community Plan, with activities around sport, music, bmx’ing, skateboarding etc. We also had a world food topic where different nationalities living in LW cooked and shared national foods.