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The ‘Connecting Communities’ programme is an initiative designed to help public service providers listen to, and meet the needs of, all the diverse people and communities who live in the area.  The approach has been built around five key principles: ‘listen, prioritise, join-up, work with you and share ideas’.  This initiative has come at the right time.  Getting the input of local people in order to design the right services is seen as increasingly important.  And as there is now much less public funding available, local people and neighbourhoods are being asked to help run services too.  Each area will be supported by a local ‘Forum’ that will work together to improve local engagement between the public services and the local communities and encouraging local people to talk to each other, share their skills and ideas. You are able to view the area profile for Keynsham on this page.

Keynsham Area Forum meetings

All the Keynsham Area Forum meetings take place in the Community Space, Market Walk, Keynsham BS31 1FS starting at 6.30pm.

The dates for the 2018 meetings are as follows:

25th September 2018:  We are expecting Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, to attend this meeting.   A further, draft, Agenda item is Emergency Planning and Community Places of Safety.

3rd December 2018:  This meeting will focus on the Council's Budget and will also be the Forum's AGM

Updates from Previous Meetings

Thursday 19th July 2018

The Forum heard from the Police with an update on local crime statistics and also from the Council's Community Safety team on the Joint Community Safety Plan - a draft copy for consultation can be found on the right hand side.  A response to questions raised between Forum meetings by Tony Mitchell on behalf of Transition Keynsham, and relating to the Council's Budget Presentation in November 2017, was tabled and can be found on the right hand side.

Community Showcase items comprised:

  • Keynsham and Saltford Churches Together who gave an overview of their activities in the community
  • St Monica Trust with details of their ACE Neighbours Project now launching in Keynsham.  Its aim is to reduce feelings of loneliness by encouraging older people to be more active - whether it's going for a walk, out for a coffee or trying a new activity.  Those who take part are matched with a volunteer and the two spend time getting to know each other and then go together to try activities in Keynsham.  Find out more here.
  • Farmborough Community Shop on their 7 year journey from idea to reality.  The new Community Shop, Cafe and Hub was officially opened in July 2018.   You can see the presentation on this page and visit the shop's website here.

The main Agenda items related to support for vulnerable people.  The Forum heard from Julian House on homelessness, sofa-surfing and begging.  DHI (Developing Health and Independence) spoke about their support services and the Forum heard directly from one of their service users.  Curo spoke about their Independent Living Service including its Wellbeing House.  The presentations given by Julian House and Curo can be found on the right hand side.

Monday 30th April 2018 (postponed from 19th March)

Community Showcase items comprised:

  • Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance - a film was shown to illustrate their Music for the Mind sessions which take place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month between 10.30am and 12.15pm at St Dunstan's Church Hall.  The sessions are free and new attendees are welcome.  Find out more on their website.
  • There was also an update from the Council's People and Communities Communications Team on the range of information on local activities, groups and support which is available on their websites. 1 Big Database bathnes provides information for families with children up to 19 years; Rainbow Resource is for families with young people aged 0 - 25 with special educational needs or a disability and Wellbeing Options is for adults needing care and support - view presentation.
  • Ric Davison from Keynsham Town Community Radio gave a presentation on their recent successful bid to obtain a Community Radio FM Broadcast licence from Ofcom and their plans for the future - view presentation.

The Main Agenda Items were an update from Marc Higgins, the Council's Team Manager - Leisure & Business Development, on the £10m Keynsham Leisure Centre refurbishment.  Work is due to commence in May 2018 and continue until September 2019.  To view a Virtual Reality tour of the refurbished Centre click here, or for a 360 degree tour click here.

Marc also spoke about the review of the Council's Fit for Life Strategy and explained that his team are keen to hear from local communities on how the Council can support people to be more active by connecting with existing facilities including free resources such as safe walking and cycling routes.

Thursday 30th November 2017 (AGM)

The first part of this meeting focussed on concerns around an increase in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in Keynsham.  A high number of residents attended the meeting and spoke directly with the Police about the issues.   The main Agenda Item was 'The Council's Budget Challenge and Pressures', with a presentation given by Cllr Charles Gerrish - Cabinet Member for Finance & Efficiency and the Council's Chief Executive, Ashley Ayre.  Those present had the opportunity to ask questions.  It was also the Forum's AGM, with Cllr Alan Hale and Adrian Inker voted in as Chair and Vice Chair respectively.  Links to the AGM Annual Report and the Budget Presentation can be found on the right hand side.

Monday 25th September 2017

The Forum was very pleased to welcome Keynsham NOW, the youth council for Keynsham, to lead on the first half of the meeting.  They had undertaken a survey of local young people to obtain their overall impression of Keynsham, what they think the main problems facing young people in the community are, what might be improved and the facilities/support they would like to see.  They then undertook the same survey with the Forum members at the meeting, asking them to think about how the young people might have answered.  The aim was to challenge decision makers on whether they know what young people want.  It was a thought provoking session and the Forum was very pleased to have young people participating in such a pro-active way.  The Forum also heard from Chris Head of the West of England Rural Network and Chair of the Chew Valley Forum on plans to mark the 50th Anniversary of the River Chew Flood.  The information from the meeting can be found on the right hand side.

Key Positions and People involved with Keynsham Area Forum

B&NES Sponsor B&NES Lead Officers Forum Chair Forum Vice Chair
Louise Fradd

Sara Dixon and Alison Wells

Cllr Alan Hale Adrian Inker



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