Consultations & Campaigns

ROADS recommissioning – Equalities Impact

Dear colleagues,

As you are aware, the Substance Misuse Team is recommissioning the ROADS drug and alcohol treatment system and we are holding a 12 week consultation (until 16 April 2017) to seek all stakeholders views on the proposals set out in our commissioning strategy.

Feedback on the commissioning proposals is currently being sought through an online survey.  Any personal information you will provide is anonymous, and will not be shared wider than the project team; we will provide a summary of all responses after the consultation period is over.

You can also join our email list or give us additional feedback on other proposals in the commissioning strategy by contacting us at

An equalities impact assessment is being conducted alongside the consultation to ensure the needs of equalities groups are considered and that there are no adverse impacts for people with protected characteristics. If you would like to be involved in this discussion we would like to invite you to attend an event on Friday 24th March to contribute to the assessment.

Please book your place through the Eventbrite website –

If you would like further information please contact Jody Clark on 0117 9222311 or

Kind regards

Substance Misuse Team

Bristol’s Big Drink Debate

Bristol’s Big Drink Debate – a city-wide survey examining the public’s attitudes to alcohol, runs until 30 January 2017.

Throughout the winter months the council’s Public Health team will be asking questions which get to the heart of why and how people drink, in a bid to understand individuals’ experiences of alcohol within the city.

In Bristol it is estimated that 84% of people over 16 drink alcohol and more than 20% of those risk long-term harm to their health.

We would be grateful if you could raise awareness of Bristol’s Big Drink Debate as appropriate.  Please follow the link to take part in our online survey.


Helen Hambly

Consultation Team – Policy Strategy & Communications

E:  T: 0117 922 2848


Early years funding Changes to funding for 3 and 4 year olds Consultation by the department for education

Take part in our consultation by reading our proposals and visiting the survey site between Thursday 11th August and Thursday 22nd September. We ask your views on changes to the way funding works for both for
the existing free entitlement for 3 and 4 year olds and the extended 30 hour entitlement for working parents. This factsheet gives a summary of  our key proposals. We look forward to hearing your views

For further information please click here

2016 PCC Priorities Consultation

A key part of the role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is to set the Police and crime priorities for the area in the Police and Crime Plan.

The new plan will cover the period 1 October 2016 to 31 March 2021 with regular updates during the term. Once adopted, this plan will replace the current one.

This consultation on the priorities, which will run from 24 June 2016 to 30 August 2016, is an important part of the process as it enables me to hear your views and be your voice in policing.

I want people in the communities of Avon and Somerset to be safe and to feel safe. I want them to have confidence in the police. I want to be assured that the most vulnerable people in our communities are protected and supported, and that local policing is able to meet the needs of victims as well as prevent crime effectively. Where people are victims of crime, I want them to receive the support they need, and for their experience of the criminal justice system to be a positive one.

For further information please click here

Take part in Bristol City Council’s Budget Challenge

A new interactive ‘budget simulator’ is helping local people get to grips with Bristol City Council’s budget challenge as they share their priorities for future spending and saving by the council.

Launched on 1st July by Mayor Marvin Rees, the simulator asks people to balance Bristol’s anticipated budget by closing a projected gap of at least £60m by April 2020.

People’s responses will be taken in to account by council officers, Cabinet Members and the Mayor as they make plans to meet the challenge. For the first time in Bristol people can see the projected budget and suggest where savings can be made, along with the potential consequences of doing so.

The tool, which is compatible with smartphones and tablets, requires users to save £60m across the whole range of daily services provided by the council. All of the council’s net revenue is included, so people can see what is spent where and get to grips with the tough choices faced by the city.

Use it now at

Public Consultation on an Oral Health Promotion Strategy

A joint public consultation on an Oral Health Promotion Strategy 2016-21 for Bristol, North Somerset, B&NES and South Gloucestershire is now open until 22nd July.

Supporting good oral health for all people is an important part of health and well-being. The strategy sets out how the oral health of people across Bristol and surrounding areas will be improved.

We are very keen to gather views from a wide range of people on the strategy, please encourage people in your networks to complete the short survey on the consultation website.

Is cycling really a ‘white’ thing?

Bristol has seen a massive revival in cycling levels in the last ten years.   However, BME groups are currently much less likely to cycle.  15% of Bristol’s population currently cycle to work, but only about 8% of BME groups cycle to work (Bristol Quality of Life Survey 2015).

At Life Cycle we want to share our passion for cycling with everyone, wherever they live in Bristol and whatever their background, as we think that cycling as something to offer all.  We particularly want to encourage more people from minority ethnic, cultural and faith groups to get cycling.

Please help us to get started by completing our cultural attitudes to cycling survey.  It ONLY takes 5 minutes.

Joint Spatial Plan & Transport Study Consultation / Launch of GTP

3 – 6pm: West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study Consultation

The West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan and Transport Study will set out a prospectus for sustainable growth that will help the area meet its housing and transport needs for the next 20 years.

We invite Bristol Green Capital Partnership members, local organisations and communities to join us at 3pm at the Station for a consultation on these plans to have your say on Bristol’s future.

For more information about the consultation visit:

Or download these documents:

Joint Spatial Plan Summary: 

Joint Transport Study Summary:

6 – 7pm: A Good Transport Plan for Bristol

Join us from 6pm at The Station to launch ‘A Good Transport Plan for Bristol’ – a visionary document and ambitious tool incorporating transport schemes already happening across Bristol, alongside the aspirations for Bristol’s transport future based on our conversations with communities, organisations, businesses and the people that live and work here.

We’ll have drinks, nibbles and presentations to celebrate and take a look at what ‘A Good Transport Plan for Bristol’ hopes to achieve in the coming years.

The Station – Silver Street Bristol, England BS1 2AG GB – View Map
Click here to register

Response to the consultation about draft Social Value Policy

Bristol BME Voice is the key forum in Bristol that drives debate through liaison with BME-led collectives and BME communities. We gather perspectives to influence decisions that impact on BME communities and to deliver the aims of the Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality.
We welcome the Social Value Policy and Toolkit and hope that these developments serve to better include Bristol’s BME VCSE organisations in future public service delivery. Over recent years, there has been much feedback and discussion of how best to include BME organisations in commissioning and procurement processes –this remains a challenge which must be solved so that BME organisations are able to work effectively in and with their communities to provide important services.
The information provides questions, comments and suggestions are submitted on behalf of Bristol BME VCSE organisations.


Take part in Bristol City Council’s Budget Consultation for 2016/17

Take part in the 2016/17 Budget Consultation at

In November 2013 the Mayor carried out a major budget consultation on the Council’s financial plans for a full three year period until March 2017, to plan ahead and provide more stability. 2016/17 represents the third and final year of this agreed three-year financial framework.

We remain on track to deliver our planned savings of around £90m over the three years, and to make the necessary investments planned.
Next year we will again look at the big picture and consult widely on how we plan to meet the new financial challenges ahead for 2017/18 onwards, but for 2016/17 we’re moving ahead with the planned third year.

However, in our capital budget (the money we have available for one-off costs to build new infrastructure which benefits the city) there is around £1.1m available to spend in 2016/17. The Mayor has made proposals on how we might best use this money.  We would like your views on these, and your own suggestions.

Please could you help to spread the word to your community group through your online communications and community newsletters?

Paper copies of the consultation documents are also available by telephoning 0117 9222 848.

The consultation is open until the 6th January 2016.

You can read the Council’s news release on the Consultation here.

Castle Park Improvement Project Questionnaire

This consultation is about making improvements to Castle Park in Bristol. We want your views on proposals so that we can prioritise improvements to the park. Ideas include; a new play area, boules pitch, chess tables, table tennis and new park furniture. We won’t be able to do all of it now as we only have a limited budget – but we also want to hear your views on improvements that could be funded in the future.

This is your chance to tell us your priorities for Castle Park.

Find out more and take part at:

Please could you help to spread the word to your community group through your online communications and community newsletters?

If you have internet access please respond online.  If you do not have access to the internet paper copies are available on request by telephoning 0117 9224399.

The consultation is open until the 24 December 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Rhymer
Consultation & Intelligence Officer
Bristol City Council

Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Needs Assessment (PCNA) 2015

The PCNA is updated annually and aims to identify the most significant issues, risks and threats that are impacting upon, or are likely to impact upon crime, community safety and criminal justice agencies over the next year.

The document has been compiled with input from a range of sources and partner organisations, including organisational strategic assessments, consultation findings and other relevant ‘horizon scanning’ information.

It will be used, alongside other information sources, to inform the Police and Crime Plan and the grants and commissioning process.  It is therefore important that the document captures and reflects our shared understanding of the key issues our organisations currently face.

I would therefore grateful if you could review the draft PCNA and provide feedback on:-

Any significant gaps with regard to the critical crime and community safety issues facing your organisation

Any issues that you feel should have greater or lesser prominence within the assessment

Any points of factual accuracy

I would be grateful if you could provide any feedback you may have to Cathie Fisher (, by Friday 11th December 2015.

Please note that while the PCNA is aimed primarily at partners, practitioners and policy makers, we also intend to pro-actively publish the document following this period of consultation.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and engagement in this process.

Many thanks and kind regards


Police and Crime Commissioner

Avon & Somerset

Bristol Zero Tolerance – the basics

What is Bristol Zero Tolerance?

Bristol Zero Tolerance is a new initiative working towards Bristol becoming a city free from gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation. Bristol is the first city in England to take on this challenge and we hope that it will inspire other cities to implement similar initiatives.

We are working with the City Council and other bodies to bring together existing action on gender-based violence across the city and are encouraging and supporting other organisations to sign up and take action on this important issue.

The vision of the Zero Tolerance City initiative is for Bristol to become a city with a zero tolerance approach to gender-based violence, abuse, harassment and exploitation.

What is gender-based violence?

Bristol Zero Tolerance understands gender-based violence to be related to social expectations and positions based on gender and as an expression of power inequalities. Therefore anyone can be the victim of gender-based violence, however, we know that the majority of persons affected by gender-based violence are women and girls as a result of unequal distribution of power in society between women and men.

Gender-based violence includes domestic and sexual violence and abuse of adults and children, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, ‘honour’ based violence and sexual harassment. Gender-based violence is not exclusive, it effects everyone regardless of background and individuals and so everyone must work together to tackle this problem.

How to get involved

You can support the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative as an individual or as an organisation or business. In order to eradicate gender-based violence, we need to have a shared understanding, approach and commitment.

– Spread the word about the initiative and encourage your workplace, educational institution or other organisations to sign up and take action.

– Sign your organisation or business up to the pledge and create an action plan for your employees and customers or service users.

How to get in touch

Contact Charlotte Gage, Partnerships Project Officer

Phone: 0117 916 6555



Twitter: @BristolZT


Bristol City Council rethinks Community Support Services

Dear Colleague

I thought you would like to be informed about the above matter. A draft strategy is out for consultation, from Bristol City Council, about community support services. The strategy sets the scene for procurement, of services to take place in mid-2016. The consultation period ends on 7 January 2016.

The phrase, ‘community support services’ is used by Bristol City Council to describe a group of about 80 contracts it has for social care services provided in the community. The common features of the contracts are:

•    The services are aimed at maintaining the person’s independence.
•    Services provided are not regulated with the Care Quality Commission (so they do not involve providing personal care).
•    Services are provided to adults with ‘eligible needs’ (assessed for and awarded a care package paid for by Bristol City Council).

Examples of the services are: supported living and extra care housing, day opportunities for example social, therapeutic, training and leisure.  Community outreach and carers support (short breaks). The client groups involved are older people, those with learning, physical or sensory disabilities, and those with mental ill health, carers (short breaks) and any adults with other assessed eligible needs.

Click here to see the draft strategy and comment

Click here to see our resources page on community support services in Bristol

Regards and best wishes

Sue Brazendale

Health & Social Care Network Coordinator

For information on Health & Social Care visit:

Voscur |Royal Oak House |Royal Oak Avenue|Bristol| BS1 4GB
Tel: 0117 909 9949

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Please come to a city-wide conversation about what values and behaviours we want to encourage for the best possible future of the city

Bristol Day 20 November 2015, 10.00-16.00

At-Bristol, Bristol

The final day of the Festival of the Future City 2015 is all about the next 50 years for Bristol. It follows on from an initial conversation that a group of Future-50 Founders from across the city began in April 2015. Bristol Day aims to open up  the conversation to a wider audience and build connections between citizens, activists, academics, entrepreneurs and decision makers to identify common ground and shared priorities for the future of the city.  Your voice is important in this debate.

The first Bristol Day will ask:

1/ What could the city be like in 2065? How will its citizens live, work, learn and play? What will we value and how will we behave?

2/ What are the big, bold steps needed to get to a positive future?

3/ Should Bristol Day become an annual event to publicly consider how the city is doing and what needs to improve or change?

To be a meaningful city-wide conversation, people from all walks of life will be encouraged to take part. We very much hope that you will take part. The day will be a mixture of short presentations, table discussions and on-line polling; reports on work and research about the future of Bristol including the Youth Manifesto, University of Bristol’s Uncertain World, Foresight Future of Cities study, development of a resilience strategy and more. The results of the day will help us to find new ways of working together towards a shared future and will be fed into the planning of future Festival of the Future City events.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To register, please book here:

The Festival of the Future City – one of Arts Council England supported Exceptional projects (with Bristol City Council, InnovateUK and UWE as partners) – brings together academics, city planners, artists, writers, filmmakers, games makers, architects, students, politicians, journalists and commentators, poets, community leaders, businesses, scientists, think tanks and others to debate the future city with the public. The brochure is here:

The festival launches with a free public event on 17 November (book here: On the evening of Bristol Day there is the third annual mayor’s lecture and panel debate. You can book here: We hope that you will be able to attend these as well as other events.


We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on this project and the future of the city.


Sarah Toy

Rockefeller Strategic Resilience Officer for Bristol

Chief Constable Recruitment

Dear Stakeholder

I am initiating a recruitment process for a permanent Chief Constable. I am carrying out a short consultation with partners on the role profile and would very much welcome your views on the attached draft.

It is very important to have a clear definition of what experience, activities, skills and behavioural qualities or competencies are needed to meet the demands of this role. The role profile must reflect what I and key stakeholders consider to be the priorities, local requirements and qualities needed for the role.

I have enclosed a draft role profile and would be grateful if you would submit your response to my Office and HR Manager Kate Watson by email by Friday 30 October 2015.

If you have any queries please contact either me or my Chief Executive, John Smith in the first instance.

Yours sincerely

Sue Mountstevens

Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset

BME Diversity Group – Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) project group

This group has been established by the West of England LEP to help deliver its responsibilities on Race equality. We wish to support the LEP to identify key areas where we can maximise improvement in Economic inclusion for BME communities in the West of England region, including both employment and training opportunities.

Sexual health services consultation and re-commissioning

Bristol City Council is responsible for commissioning the majority of sexual health services and has recently undertaken a review of the sexual health needs of the local population. It has produced a draft commissioning plan which will shape the procurement of sexual health services next year. The Council is currently consulting on the plan, the consultation period runs until 31 October 2015. This will be followed by a wider three month consultation across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire local authorities and clinical commissioning groups.

The plan recognises (p17, all page numbers refer to the draft Bristol Sexual Health Commissioning Plan – the plan) Bristol’s population is growing; therefore services need to be adaptable to meet increasing demand. The population is also becoming more ethnically diverse, particularly in younger groups; therefore services need to be accessible to diverse population needs. The plan also says there is ‘some evidence of low uptake from BME and LGBT groups’, recognising that services need to be accessible and appropriate (p18). Some of the key points from the draft plan are (p29-30):

•    Continued priority of reducing the numbers of teenage pregnancy, cases of STI’s and reducing inequalities in sexual health
•    Prioritise prevention of poor sexual health
•    A recognition of vulnerable groups, in terms of sexual health, and location and opening hours of services to meet their needs
•    Adaptive services – being proactive to new risk factors, changing factors and using IT
•    An improved culture which promotes healthy choices

Six different procurement options are being put forward (p31), from extending current providers contracts to remodelling and contracting to multiple providers.  Commissioning principles are set out (p26), which include an outcomes based approach and an aim to tackle inequality.

Click here for more information

The Bristol Arena – Public Consultation September/October 2015


Dear stakeholder

Bristol City Council is about to roll out a four week programme of public consultation on plans for the new Bristol Arena.

The Bristol Arena will be a 12,000 capacity venue hosting over 100 events a year. These events will be a mixture of music, comedy, family entertainment and sports and the proposed arena can seamlessly convert into a smaller, more intimate 5,000 seat venue. The Arena development includes proposals for improved transport links into the area, including new pedestrian and cycle routes. The area surrounding the Arena will be transformed over time into a vibrant, mixed-use space that encourages daytime and evening use.

The development proposals will be the subject of two separate planning applications – a full planning application for the Arena and an outline application for mixed-use development on the remainder of the Arena Island site.

In advance of these planning applications the council would like to share the emerging proposals and invite feedback from key stakeholders, groups and organisations with an interest, as well as the local community and wider public, to help inform the final plans.

There will be specific briefings the public consultation will be focussed around an exhibition of the proposals and at where people can see the plans and comment online.

The main exhibition will be on display at the Customer Service Point, 100 Temple Street, on weekdays from Monday 16 September until Tuesday 13 October, with staffed early evening public drop-in sessions on 23 September and 1 October from 6pm to 7.30pm. The same exhibition will also be on display in the Galleries on Saturday 26 September and in the main foyer of the Central Library from 28 September through until 13 October.

If you would like any further information or clarification on any aspect of the proposals please do not hesitate to contact us via email to the team’s consultation co-ordinator Avril Baker at ABC on

Stuart Woods

Arena Project Director

Bristol City Council – DRAFT Gambling Policy

One of the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005 is for the Council to produce a Statement of Gambling Policy setting out how gambling will be regulated.  The current policy came into effect on the 31 January 2013.  The Council are required to review the policy at least once every three years.  As part of the review process a draft policy is available for consultation from the 17 August to the 9 October 2015.

A copy of the draft policy can be reviewed on their website Or can be obtained on request from the Licencing Team.

If you wish to make any comments in respect of this consultation they can be submitted, emailed to or sent to the Licencing Team (Temple Street) Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, Bristol  BS3 9FS.

Consultation on Polling Districts and Polling Places

As a result of the recent review of Bristol’s ward boundaries, Bristol City Council is undertaking a review of the suitability and accessibility of polling districts, places and stations within the city.  These will come into use for the next Local Government, Police and Crime Commissioner and Mayoral elections in May 2016.

We would welcome a comment from you on the suitability of our arrangements which can be seen at  Here you will find a list and maps showing the proposed polling districts, places, and their current polling stations as proposed by the Acting Returning Officer.

If you wish to make a representation, it can be made online at Alternatively if you don’t wish to use the online system, paper consultation forms may be requested by sending an e-mail to or by phoning 0117 922 3400.

All representations must be received by midnight on Tuesday 13 October 2015.

The consultation is open to all for comment within the six week timeframe. Please forward this letter to any other persons who you feel may be interested in improving the accessibility and suitability of the voting arrangements in Bristol.