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.

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  • November 24, 2020 Photo

    Ambition Lawrence Weston is celebrating the news that they’ve been awarded planning permission for the largest wind turbine in England. The tallest structure to be built in Bristol, the wind turbine is proof that renewable energy can be owned by communities, not just by big business. Once installed the turbine will produce enough low carbon electricity to power 3,500 homes and make CO2 savings of 1,965 tons every year.

  • November 24, 2020 Photo

    We are super excited to announce that we are restarting L’Dub BMXercise on Friday 11th September 2020

  • November 24, 2020 Photo

    Local people are at the heart of the new project, which will support community-led climate action, putting them in the driving seat and empowering them to respond to climate change in their communities. The funding from the National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund will enable six organisations across Bristol – Ambition Lawrence Weston, ACH, Bristol Disability Equality Forum, Heart of BS13, Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust, and Eastside Community Trust (formerly Up Our Street) – to play a leading role in shaping Bristol’s transition to a low carbon and climate resilient city. This project will be supported by three lead programme partners – Bristol Green Capital Partnership, who led the funding bid; Centre for Sustainable Energy; and Bristol City Council.

  • November 24, 2020 Photo

    The summer trips were very popular

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    Some of the work done by Men in Sheds

  • November 24, 2020 Photo

    So good to see the courtyard building works progressing well at St Peters!

  • November 24, 2020 Photo

    Here is our final lockdown project!! it will be attached to some wire fencing outside of ambition Lawrence Weston “youth Center” this week,this board has been designed to mark the end of an era for our children “covid kids”.please get involved and decorate a padlock to symbolise there time during lockdown which can then be attached to the wire fencing in front of the board,weather this be grief,a friendship or a new way of learning,or for a key worker who fought the fight on the frontline the idea is for them to decorate a padlock that shows they “WHERE HERE” they lived the covid-19,they survived and they came out of it stronger than they were before,no one needs to know what there padlock will represent,and it will be something to look back on in years to come and remember they were part of the worlds pandemic!! This could also be a family activity to symbolise how your family adapted some For the better some for the worse....nail varnish is a good way to go when it comes to painting or decorating your padlock or some kind of enamel paint that can be mixed with glitter to add some sparkle,let’s get creative and celebrate the future and mark our past! Please feel free to post pics of your padlocks on here and keep our communities don’t have to live in Lawrence Weston to take part anyone can get involved

  • May 27, 2020 Photo

    Massive thank you to the Co-op Distribution Centre Avonmouth for 207 Easter Eggs that we will be sending out to the community

  • May 27, 2020 Photo

    We have such talented followers✨. We were blown away by everyone who entered our #survingisolation art and poetry competition✍️. You are all WINNERS in our eye’s, but we need your help to pick your favourite so that one lucky person can receive our fantastic prize. Simply comment 1-10 depending on your favourite drawing. One vote per person. You cannot vote for your own drawing, but friends and family can. Votes are counted across all of our social media platforms. The winner will be announced tomorrow, good luck☘️.

  • May 27, 2020 Photo

    Wow what a day!!! Got our boxes out to some lovely people today,had the Mayor of Bristol arrive to thank us personally for our work with lots of goodies in hand to support our emergency food parcels and had some great conversation about things that are surrounding us as communities and potential things to come,was a lovely surprise so thank you Mark Pepper for organising it...#staysafe #sharingiscaring 💕

  • November 9, 2019 Film

    Change all around Lawrence Weston records the needs and aspirations of local residents for improved green spaces and community facilities, green energy, housing choice, better transport, and an improved shopping offer. These informed the Big Local plans as well as the community and neighbourhood development plans. The film also captures what has been done so far in responding to those needs and hopes for the future

  • October 8, 2019 Film

    This film records the impact Lawrence Weston Big Local and the projects it supports is having on the lives of some local residents – from reducing isolation to providing opportunities to return to work.

  • August 2, 2019 Photo

    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.

  • June 28, 2018 Film

    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.

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    July 2, 2018 Text

    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.

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    July 4, 2018 Text

    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.

  • March 7, 2018 Film

    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.

  • December 16, 2016 Film

    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.

  • December 8, 2016 Film

    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.

  • September 15, 2016 Film

    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.

  • October 10, 2016 Photo

    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.

  • June 18, 2016 Film

    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.

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    June 6, 2016 Text

    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.

  • August 5, 2015 Film

    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.

  • January 15, 2015 Film

    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.

  • April 14, 2016 Photo

    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.

  • May 23, 2014 Film

    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.

  • February 13, 2014 Film

    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.

  • April 14, 2016 Photo

    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.

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    December 21, 2015 Text

    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.

  • October 10, 2012 Film

    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.

  • April 14, 2016 Photo

    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.