The tale of Lawrence Weston Community Hub
The tale of Lawrence Weston Community Hub

The tale of Lawrence Weston Community Hub

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Ambition Lawrence Weston Offices

Long Cross

Bristol, United Kingdom

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No, really it's about the health of the community. The tale of Lawrence Weston Community Hub.


Lawrence Weston, like many other post war local authority housing estates, has fallen on less prosperous times as social change accelerated. Isolated from the prosperity of central Bristol, this community of 7,100 people with poor health outcomes is attempting to bring about change for itself by working with local GP’s, Bristol City Council and the CCG.

The community wants to see a step change in the health and wellbeing of its families, friends and neighbours.


Part of #HealthCityWeek #HealthyBristol

Proposed Timings (subject to change)

Refreshments from 7.30, 8a.m. start

Introductions and scene setting by Dr Peter Wilde, Chair for the session

Peter is the former head of the Division of Specialised Services at University Hospitals Bristol responsible for delivering the new £60 million Haematology & Oncology Centre.

Overview of Lawrence Weston the community and the various projects being developed

Mark Pepper, Development Manager for Ambition Lawrence Weston

ALW, a community led charitable company, was established in 2012 to initiate and deliver a range of projects that address local needs. The hub is one of many initiatives by ALW, and is designed to meet the future health, wellbeing and community needs of local residents.

National and international perspective on the relationship between community, built environment and health

Dr Laurence Carmichael, Head, WHO Collaborating Centre, Sustainable Urban Governance and Policy, University of the West of England - attendance to be confirmed

The centre brings together expertise relevant to the Health and Planning Agenda within UWE and collaborates with WHO-Europe's Healthy Cities Programme as well as with local authorities and national or European stakeholders and professional organisations.


Feedback on the 2016 Vital Signs Report

Sue Turner, Chief Executive at the Quartet Community Foundation

Sue will distil the data and highlight the key differentiators across the region, focusing in on issues pertinent to the Lawrence Weston community.

Vital signs is a short hand medical term for the health of a person but in this instance the Vital Signs report measures the health of a community. Quartet Community Foundation coordinated the work in the West of England area of this nationwide litmus test of community vitality including wellbeing instigated by UK Community Foundations.


Health and wellbeing is now at the heart of the new Sport England strategy Towards an Active Nation: it more about wellbeing than medals.

Lisa Wood of WESPORT

Lisa will outline what opportunities Towards an Active Nation could mean for a community like Lawrence Weston including touching on Bristol as 2017 European City of Sport and funding opportunities from Sport England.

Towards an Active Nation redefines what success looks like in sport by concentrating on five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development and contributes to the Wesport Strategy for 2016 – 2020.

Wesport is the Country Sports Partnership for the West of England with a mission to inspire people through participation in sport and physical activity.


Drawing the threads together

Helen Bone director, Vivid Regeneration

Helen will draw the threads of the morning together and highlight the benefits that could be accrued from the development of a new type of healthcare delivery 'The Community Hub' for the people of Lawrence Weston

Vivid Regeneration has been supporting communities like Lawrence Weston for over 15 years and has a detailed appreciation of the challenges faced by communities who want to bring about change through their own efforts.

Close by Chair

End: 9.30am

The presentation will be accompanied by a display of projects Ambition Lawrence Weston are currently developing including the Community Hub building.

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