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Name: Phoebe Bidgood
Age: 16
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Keynsham, Somerset
Campaign: Getting young people to improve our community

Our town is a great place to live, but there are some parts of it which are a bit neglected and could be improved with just a little work.


That’s why some young people from the town, including myself, decided to start our own ‘Task Force’. We hope to improve areas of Keynsham which have been complained about by local residents - whether this be by painting bins, removing rubbish, or decorating community areas.


Through a poster campaign, we're showing the local community exactly what young people are doing to improve their neighbourhood.


Not only do we hope this makes our town a more attractive place to live, but we hope it shows others in the town that young people can really make a difference to their area.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:


Tilly Brereton Naomi Potter
Matt Hazel Toni-Louise Gray
Elana Parsons  Amy Gammon
Lewis Dance Jordan Veale
Sean Caddick Cain Branscombe

Keynsham Town Council

Our local council are supporting our campaign to improve our town.



February 2014

I was a winner at the Bath & North East Somerset Council 2013/14 Chairman’s Community Awards.


I was named ‘Young Volunteer Leader of the Year’ at a special ceremony (see the photo below)!


The Chairman's Community Awards recognise volunteers, community leaders, educational institutions and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community.


In my nomination I was described as a ‘good example of a young person wanting to make a difference in her community by getting up and serving through practical action and encouraging others to join in.’


October 2013

The Task Force met to discuss the tasks that have been suggested by members of our community. We have now come up with a list of activities that we think are achievable.


We have received training so we can deliver sexual health education sessions to other young people, we will plan sports activities for young people and we have funding from Keynsham Town Council to create a mosaic for the town.


We will complete garden maintenance work and hope to organise a tea party in a residential home in the New Year. With the help of Curo Housing we are planning a community celebration day in December.


I also attended a PACT (Police and Community Together) meeting to explain more about the Task Force and what we are hoping to achieve.

September 2013
The Keynsham Community Task Force was officially launched at Keynsham Youth Fest on 21st September. There were around 600 people at the event and we took the opportunity to hand out our flyers and display our posters. We asked anyone who took a flyer to write any tasks they would like to see us complete on the back. We'll go through the suggestions to see which are realistic.


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