April 9, 2021

A warm welcome to Young Bristol's new Trustees


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We are delighted to announce the appointment of four new Trustees to the Young Bristol Board.

These appointments come at an exciting – as well as challenging time for the charity, supporting Young Bristol's developing work with children and young people across Bristol. We continue to build on the importance that Young Bristol's Board has a broad representation of skills, background and experiences; as well as a shared passion for our mission.


Meet the Trustees

Victoria Matthews, Trustee, Victoria joined the Board of Young Bristol in 2021, she currently oversees the management of the Bristol & West of England Initiative at Business West, bringing together city and community leaders. Victoria works with stakeholders across the city, representing employers and key sectors across the economy, to ensure our region is the best place to live, learn and work. Victoria helps shape and influence our city and also sits on the Bristol Women’s Commission. Victoria previously studied politics at Cardiff University and is passionate about ensuring equality and diversity is at the heart of decisions and making sure our city’s young people have a voice. Out of work you can find Victoria walking her dog, baking or cycling. (Image ID: 13337)

Charles Wyld, Trustee, Charles joined the Board of Young Bristol in 2021, having previously been involved through Bristol Youth and Community Action. He has served as Trustee/Governor for a number of organisations in Bristol and elsewhere, and was Chair of St George’s Bristol for 6 years. Following a career in Law, Charles now acts as Consultant/Adviser/Trustee to a range of businesses, families and charities; helping with governance and strategic planning. He was High Sheriff of the City of Bristol in 2019. As a father of three sons, he knows the value of activities in the outdoors! (Image ID: 13318)

Marcus Graham, Trustee, Marcus Graham is the head of Transaction Services at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office. Marcus had various positions in not-for-profit organisations in London before relocating to Bristol with his young family in 2016. He is committed to Bristol and to contributing his skills to support the provision and development of opportunities for young people in the city. (Image ID: 13323)

Mark Hammond, Trustee, Mark spent four decades working in social and private sector housing and support, focusing particularly on meeting the needs of young people leaving local authority care. He has chaired and served on the governing bodies of a range of community-based charities and voluntary organisations. Growing up in coastal Kent, Mark spent much of his spare time at the local youth club and outdoor pursuits centre. He learned there about the importance of safe, supportive environments that enable young people to be challenged and develop through new activities. Mark moved to Bristol in 2019 to help care for his new granddaughter. (Image ID: 13320)


A special recognition

Young Bristol would also like to share our biggest thanks to Trustee Robin Geller, who this year retired from Young Bristol's Board. We would like to thank Robin for dedicating her time, effort, support, and guidance, in particular surrounding her work on Governance, throughout her time as Trustee of Young Bristol. We are thrilled however to be welcoming Robin into her new supporting position of Vice President. (Image ID: 8277)

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We are delighted to announce that Peyton from Hartcliffe Club for Young People and Orla from The Grove @ Bedminster Down are the winners of our 2024 Creative Writing competition!

Last month, we hosted a Creative Writing competition across our Community Youth Club network. Young people from each club were encouraged to write a short poem or story to be entered into our competition. The creative pieces were shortlisted by Club Leader's and submitted to our judges

We received 8 shortlisted entries from across our club network, our judges chose a senior and junior winner from the range of amazing creative writing skills that were showcased in the competition!

The winner from our junior age group is Orla from The Grove @ Bedminster Down and the winner of our senior age group is Peyton from Hartcliffe Club for Young People! The pair were awarded with a framed and printed copy of their written piece and a £15 Amazon gift card each. Congratulations both!

April 2, 2024

Young Bristol awarded Charity of the Year!

We are incredibly proud to announce that Young Bristol have been awarded "Charity of the Year" award at the Bristol Life awards!

On Wednesday 27th March 2024, our team attended the Bristol Life Awards and it was great to be recognised for our hard work and dedication to young people across Bristol!

In the last year, Young Bristol has seen an incredible amount of change and success! 2023 was a year of investment, development and growth at Young Bristol, where we have had an expansion in delivery for young people, an increase in partnerships with new youth organisations and businesses both locally and nationally, the securing of long-term funding for our vast programme of services, the introduction of innovative programmes that have transformed communities across the city, as well as significant investment in our people and our buildings.

March 21, 2024

Run the AJ Bell Bristol for Young Bristol!

Now more than ever before, young people and families across Bristol need the support of charity’s such as Young Bristol.

Are you continuing your 2023 health and fitness habits? Do you want to run a 10km race or half marathon this year? You can make a difference by taking on the AJ Bell Great Bristol run and raise money for a local cause! Grab your trainers and get fundraising!

"The day was perfect for running. The build up was easier knowing you’re raising money for such a worthwhile cause!” Justin, Bath Half Marathon runner 2023

The AJ Bell Great Bristol run takes place on Sunday 19th May 2024, from 9:30am. Both the 10km and half marathon start in the heart of Bristol City Centre and laps around some of our cities most iconic landmarks and provides super-scenic views! We ask that runners taking part in aid of Young Bristol pledge to raise £250!

By entering the race, you will receive:

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Fundraising at Bath Half Marathon 2024!

On Sunday 17th March, 7 runners signed up to run the Bath Half Marathon, to raise money for Young Bristol!

Runners set off from Royal Avenue, racing 2 laps hugging the River Avon and completing the Bath Half by returning to Royal Avenue. Our 7 runners, fundraising for Young Bristol, set off from the starting line in the morning, and crossed the finish line with impressive lap times. Each of our runners pledged to raised a set amount, and each one smashed this target! Thank you to the group for all your fundraising efforts!

After the race, Ella stated: 

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Thank you to our 7 runners who took part in the Half marathon in aid of Young Bristol!

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Our new website is now live!

Young Bristol are thrilled to officially announce the launch of our new website!

After months of hardwork and dedication from our staff team, we are excited to launch our new and improved website, which will provide our users with:

  • A fresh, bolder and brighter look,
  • Improved user experience and navigation,
  • Allows you to easily find out about our offer and the impact our work has on the young people we work with.

"Our new website has been designed to offer a clear, engaging experience for all visitors who access our website, whether that's parents, youth workers, funders or supporters. Ultimately, it is vital that our website provides our users with the ability to find out about our charity's work, the impact of our services on young people, and how they can help us to support young people to achieve great futures."

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Young Bristol are incredibly proud to share that Kat Katuszka, Club Leader at BS14 Stockwood Youth Club has completed her Level 3 Youth Work qualification!

Kat completed her Level 3 Youth Work qualification with South Gloucestershire Playscheme in 2023. Since beginning the course, Kat has learnt how to engage with young people in a youth work setting, and how she can promote young people’s personal and social development, enabling them to have a voice and influence in the community.

We are very proud of Kat for completing her Level 3 Youth Work training. This training helps to progress her professional development but also has a huge impact on our delivery at BS14 Stockwood Youth Club. She taken on her learning and used it to influence how she plans sessions and provide young people with an engaging and youth focused environment. Congratulations!”

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At Young Bristol, we continue to reinforce our strategy pillars by developing our people and programmes by providing opportunities for personal and professional development, skills for life and opportunities to grow.

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Young Bristol shortlisted for Bristol Life Awards 2024!

Young Bristol are delighted to have been shortlisted in this year’s Bristol Life Awards 2024!

We are honoured to be shortlisted for the charity award in this years Bristol Life Awards! We are excited to be nominated alongside some other amazing charities such as:

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We would like to thank the Bristol Life Awards for recognising Young Bristol’s work with children and young people in Bristol during 2023!

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Young people receive Your Park award!

We are delighted to announce that a group of young people from Hartcliffe Club for Young People received a Your Park award, after their voluntary efforts on the Spacemakers graffiti project.

Young Bristol would like to say a huge congratulations to all finalists and winners at the Your Park awards! The awards celebrate voluntary groups and individuals that go the extra mile to bring their local park to life!

The group were nominated for the “Happy and Healthy award”, which celebrates projects that have improved local people’s health and wellbeing by getting people outdoors, being active and connecting with others.

Hartcliffe Club for Young People were nominated for the “Happy and Healthy award” for their work with Spacemakers, Hartcliffe. The team of young people showed a deep commitment to their local park by taking part in a social action project, which included litter picking and graffiti sessions.

Young people really enjoyed taking part in the social action project, with some initially joining to simply get fresh air, but continued to return to sessions as they loved getting involved!

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Young Bristol host 2023 Annual General Meeting

Last night, our corporate partner, Burges Salmon, kindly helped us to host our 2023 Annual General Meeting and Year In Review. The evening was well attended, with over 40 people joining us! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed hearing about our impact and upcoming opportunities.

The evening began by hearing from Young Bristol president, Jonathan Webb. He kindly welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending. Jonathan then kindly introduced Jamie Cameron and Victoria Matthews, Young Bristol Joint Chairs. They outlined the progress we have made with the Young Bristol strategy 2022-25 and the impact we have had across our Community Youth Club network.

Throughout the evening, we heard from Young Bristol’s office staff, who discussed the future plans for Young Bristol in 2024. We heard about some exciting upcoming developments including our new website, Theory of Change and the potential release of a new podcast!

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