Mayor gives his Community-Apprentices an opportunity to build on their campaign

Community-Apprentice Bristol 2017 winners have been given the opportunity to build on their campaign by designing a bill board campaign for high profile site in the city.

Bristol’s elected Mayor, Marvin Rees, gave a team of young people from Fairfield High School the opportunity to design a poster campaign to tackle Bristol's litter problem when announcing them as winners of the Community-Apprentice competition in Bristol last June.

Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, meets with young Community-Apprentices at the poster campaign launch at Bristol Temple Meads station.

Unveiling their poster, the Mayor said,

“I think young people can be a powerful force for change, and it’s really encouraging to see a new generation leading the way with this. I am very aware that the issue of litter and the state of our streets is something that a lot of people in Bristol are concerned about, and it is something we should all be taking responsibility for. The young people really inspired me with their commitment to tackling this issue, and I want to harness that passion to inspire others.”

Chris Illman, Interim Head of Sustainability, GWR said,

“Our stations in Bristol have a high footfall, so we were delighted to donate poster sites there for the young people to use for their campaign.  First impressions count, and we want people arriving in Bristol to be greeted by a litter free environment, so we’re really pleased to be joining forces with the young people.”

Brisol Mayor, Marvin Rees, speaks with students from Fairfield School.

Nick Lewis, Principal (Acting), Fairfield High School said,

“We think empowering students to tackle real-life problems is a great way to enable them to develop skills that employers really want such as communication and teamworking. I’m really proud of these students for the drive and perseverance they have shown in turning their ideas into reality.”

Business mentors from Burges Salmon with students from Fairfield School at the poster campaign launch.

The young people were mentored by volunteers from independent law firm Burges Salmon. Catherine Correia, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Burges Salmon, said,

“We have been mentoring young people on the programme for many years now and we are proud of all of them, however, we are particularly proud of this group of students, from our partner school, as they won the overall competition.”