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What are Neighbourhood Partnerships?


Neighbourhood Partnerships bring public sector decision making to a local level where local residents can influence how they would like to see their neighbourhood improve.


A Neighbourhood Partnership is the decision-making body, with a formal agenda. They meet on a regular basis in the local community. Membership varies but typically includes the local ward councillors, representatives from local residents, community and voluntary groups, NHS Bristol, police and Avon Fire & Rescue.


The 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships make budget decisions and have influence over some public services such as street cleaning, minor traffic schemes, community safety and local recycling schemes. Local councillors make the final decisions at Neighbourhood Partnership meetings about where council money is spent.



How it works


Neighbourhood Forums are regular meetings in every local community (or ward). They give local residents the opportunity to raise their ideas and suggestions on how to improve their neighbourhood and the chance to influence how some local public services are delivered.


Neighbourhood Forums are led by the community, with residents setting the agenda. Each ward has four meetings a year, and incorporate the PACT (Partners And Communities Together) meetings.


How do they work?

Usually they are a meeting in a local community venue – look out for the posters in local buildings or check this website for your area


Each forum will vary, but most will include:


  • 'You Said, We Did', a report back on actions taken
  • An opportunity to raise new concerns or issues – these are collected from meetings, events, surveys and conversations in all sorts of community settings
  • Agreeing how issues will be taken forward for action


Forums are normally chaired by a local resident and supported by representatives from local services.