Posted: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Young Bristol is a youth led charity and our work closely links with the themes of Stephen Lawrence Day (22 April 2019); through our work we want young people to be inspired about what they can achieve in their own lives. We aim to support young people to make choices and actions that enable them and others to live their best lives. At Young Bristol, we believe that every young person has the right to discover what they are capable of.
Severe funding cuts for schools and community youth services in Bristol have resulted in a reduction in vital support services that help young people develop the social and emotional skills needed for success in the workplace and life. Bristol has the highest levels of child poverty in the South West, with 27% of children in the city from disadvantaged backgrounds.
However, Young Bristol is making a difference. The organisation’s eight core youth clubs cover 11 wards in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, which have a preventative and positive impact on school attendance, reduction in anti-social behaviour, health and wellbeing. Our network of youth clubs continue to be invaluable in the neighbourhoods we serve.
We will need to be aware that recent cuts to youth services will have a direct negative impact on Bristol’s children and young people. Sadly, there are many deprived communities, especially in rural communities, that have no youth provision at all, with nothing for young people to do.
Following our very successful 90th Anniversary Fundraising Appeal, Young Bristol recently purchased a brand new mobile youth club, ‘The Youth Club on Wheels.’
This will enable us to deliver our services to even more young people, in parts of Bristol and surrounding areas currently lacking youth provision.
Working closely with community groups, parish councils, police and local people The Youth Club on Wheels will deliver:
• Sporting and creative activities, social, multi-media, indoor and outdoor projects and activities.
• Job and homework guidance and support
• Healthy food plus tips in food preparation, as part of the ‘Feeding Bristol’ initiative
• A safe place to talk with trained and accredited youth workers and relax and socialise with friends
Having ‘The Youth Club On Wheels’ means we can trial services and develop partnerships in areas without high overheads. Once demand and outcomes for young people have been successfully proven, the evidence will help with planning and funding longer-term provision. If your community could benefit from working with ‘The Youth Club on Wheels’ please do get in touch or visit
www.youngbristol.com for more information.
Development and Fundraising Manager- Young Bristol