Lockleaze: the future community event on 4 February 2017

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust, United Communities and Bristol Energy Network are all interested in supporting Lockleaze' future. BEN has been working locally to engage residents in discussions around Energy, United Communities are working with their current and future tenants on how to make great places to live, and Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust is an umbrella organisation working across Lockleaze to signpost residents to information, and help address issues of relevance to residents supporting collective voice and action through community development.

On a cold Saturday in February we hosted over 100 people at the Hub on Gainsborough Square. The event was about the future of Lockleaze and included information on 3 different development sites, the community economic development consultation, Stoke Park consultation, as well as providing information on how to save money by switching energy provider, reducing energy consumption, and learning about locally generated renewables such as wind and solar energy.

United Communities contacted 75 local residents on the housing register about the opportunity for housing on the Shaldon Road development and created a real buzz about the chance to be involved in the design and finishes of a future home.

There was real excitement about new homes, self-build, and the potential for development in Lockleaze to provide jobs through construction manufacturing, as well as affordable housing.

APE were one of the 13 organisations involved in making the day a success. They were supporting local sustainable travel by providing bike maintenance and repair, low cost-bikes or swap scheme, it was great to see they had so much custom on the day. In addition, their presence drew passers-by to the event, although most people had heard about the event through United Communities communications, or from the Hub.

In addition to energy advice, switching and saving tips there was also solar panel making tasters and information about CHEESE - a thermal imaging community project to identify where you are losing heat in your home. Bristol Energy Network inspired local people to get more involved in energy. We asked people to sign up to be energy champions - 15 people were interested and 20 people were interested in other local volunteering opportunities

The event was family friendly with a good mix of information and fun activities for grown-ups and little people alike. It was only possible because of the great team work of different organisations who work in Lockleaze.

It was great to have both our local Councillors at the event, talking not just about the Stoke Park consultation but also a number of issues that residents wanted to discuss with them about jobs, development, and other local issues. Thanks to Councillors Estella Tincknell and Gill Kirk pictured here.

In a word today was....

We asked people which stalls the visited and what they learned or enjoyed from the day. We were delighted that most people enjoyed everything and learned a LOT!

This great event was not just a product of local organisations but also the work our volunteers. The Lockleaze Craft group spent the previous 3 weeks preparing a fun craft activity to encourage energy saving and make the event fun for young people.

Four of Lockleaze Craft Group volunteered on the day and helped keep 24 local homes warm with the draught excluders they helped young people make.

Lockleaze is a great community. We asked people what they love about Lockleaze and the top answer was the people, with the parks and green spaces coming a close second.

Following the event at the Hub, Buzz cafe hosted a one-pot special community feast with delicious pasta, curry and soup on offer for free as part of the community bring-and-share. The raffle was drawn here and included a variety of items including slow-cookers from United Communities, plug-in timers for energy saving and crime prevention from Avon and Somerset police and goody bag generously provided by IKEA who are promoting sustainable living with their Living Lagom project. Thanks IKEA, United Communities and Avon and Somerset Police and congratulations Abigail who won the star prize from IKEA.

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