Healthwatch joins the City Gathering to help make Bristol a better place to live

Our Area Manager, Vicky Marriott, very much enjoyed being part of the biggest ever City Gathering held in Bristol.
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There were over 250 attendees who came together with the aim to work collectively on agreed issues as part of the Bristol One City objectives - to really make a difference and achieve positive outcomes for people living in the city.

Healthwatch is keen to learn more about our new area and hear about work being done to tackle social inequalities. We hope to find out more from hard-to-reach groups to gather feedback about access to health and social care and how these are meeting, especially vulnerable group’s needs.

The three highest priorities for this year were set at Friday’s event held at City Hall. These include exploring ways to fund better transport systems, a new approach to food sustainability to reduce environmental impact and focus to reduce the number of families who are either homeless or in temporary accommodation.

Healthwatch also supports the work being carried out by the Health and Wellbeing Board to become an Adverse Childhood Experience aware city and especially its programme to train workforces to help forge a better understanding of past trauma or anxieties.

We enjoyed hearing about the work achieved last year in the Top 3 priorities for 2019. The first was Period Friendly Bristol to build awareness and address stigma associated with menstruation. Deputy Mayor of Bristol Councillor Asher Craig and a member of Avon and Somerset Police presented an update on tackling street violence and there was also the latest information on work to give parents more affordable childcare options in the city.

There were also updates on other work being carried out around the city including plans being supported by the Youth Council and Babbasa, the Replant Bristol scheme, City clean-up initiatives as well as a reflection on city values from mayor Marvin Rees.

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