April 6, 2023

Looked After Children Group at BS14!

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Over the last few months, Young Bristol have been offering sessions, specifically for Looked After Children!

At BS14 Stockwood Youth Club, we have delivered 8 sessions of Looked After Children Positive Changes. Young people have been engaging in a club setting, taking part in sports, arts and discussion activities.

As a part of our sporting offer, young people have taken part in weekly exercise sessions. The group have been able to utilise our sports hall and equipment in order to get that essential exercise!

Both our creative and discussion activities offered young people to engage in key parts of our Positive Changes Programmes. Activities included discussion around strengths and weakness, role models and problem solving workshops. Young people were also able to create clay figures, graffiti art, and decorative masks. These activities all contribute to help young people make informed positive choices.

Some of our young people's foster carers kindly left us some feedback, discussing how they have found our Looked After Children session so far.

"Most of our looked after young people never get the opportunity to join clubs due to triggers and trauma, which effects their behaviour. It has been lovely to see our young people socialising, playing together and building forever friends."

"My 3 young people really enjoy being part of an inclusive youth club, meeting with their peers, building new friendships and learning new skills."

We would like to thank Children In Need for funding the Positive Changes Programme, ran with the Looked After Children group.

We would also like to thank The Cause Bristol for helping us deliver Young Bristol's Positive Changes Programme. It is great to work with partners to help support young people.

To find out more about our Community Youth Clubs and how you can get involved, click here!

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May 23, 2024

Young Bristol attend World Youth Club's Leadership Institute 2024!

Last week, Young Bristol were pleased to be in attendance at World Youth Clubs Leadership Institute 2024 in Atlanta, alongside some other great youth organisations from NABGC, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Liberia and Georgia as well as states across USA!

During the first few days at World Youth Clubs Leadership Institute, attendees were given the opportunity to explore the facilities on offer for young people across Atlanta! Our team were also able to meet and connect with individuals from across the globe, who shared their experiences of youth work from different countries!

Later in the week, World Youth Clubs Leadership Institute delegates and 14 other nations were recognised at the Boys & Girls Club of America's 118th Annual Conference! It was amazing to connect with youth working peers to explore strategies and share insights. Later in the conference, we heard from some of Atlanta's alumni, including singer-songwriter Usher, who had previously attended youth clubs in Atlanta as a teenager.

We would like to thank World Youth Clubs for hosting another great conference this year. Young Bristol representatives enjoyed their time in Atlanta and have brought all their learning and growth back to Bristol, ready to apply and benefit our young people! We are excited to hopefully attend next years conference.

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May 20, 2024

Young people visit Glastonbury Festival!

This month, we were pleased to take a number of young people who attend our Community Youth Clubs and Outdoor Employment Programme to visit Glastonbury Festivals site!

We are pleased to be partnered with Glastonbury Festival this year, with a number of our trainees attending the Outdoor Employment Programme volunteering at the festival!

Last week, Glastonbury invited a number of our young people to join them on the festivals site! Young people received a full site tour and were able to see behind the scenes as well as the iconic stages being built!

After an amazing tour of the site, the group then went on to paint bins that are planned to be used across the site! Young people and staff got stuck in and painted some incredible and creative designs.

I knew bin painting would get the young ones really engaged but I was also pleasantly surprised to see how much the older trainees and enjoyed getting stuck in. It was really great to hear the comments on the coach home about how much they really enjoyed the day!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Glastonbury Festival for inviting our young people to leave their mark at this years festival. We hope to continue working together and hope to get involved with future activities on offer!

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May 19, 2024

Fundraising at AJ Bell Great Bristol run 2024!

On Sunday 19th May, 9 runners signed up to run the AJ Bell Great Bristol run, to raise money for Young Bristol!

Our 9 runners set off from the heart of Bristol City Centre and lapped around some of Bristol's most iconic landmarks and enjoyed the scenic views. The group that chose to fundraise 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!

Thank you to our 9 runners who took part in the Half marathon in aid of Young Bristol!

If you are interested in taking part in a third party fundraising event for Young Bristol, click here to learn how you can fundraise for us.

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May 15, 2024

Young people attend Bristol Young Heroes Nominee Reception!

Young Bristol are proud to announce that our young people have been shortlisted for the Bristol Young Heroes Awards 2024!

The Bristol Young Heroes Awards recognises and celebrates the valuable contribution that Bristol's young people make to the city. The awards shine light on those who have overcome difficult circumstances, made a difference to the lives of others, or have achieved something extraordinary this year!

On Tuesday 14th May, our six shortlisted nominees attended the Bristol Young Heroes Awards Nominee reception at City Hall, hosted by Community of Purpose.

The evening was an amazing event for all finalists of the award to meet the other nominees, collect their finalists certificates and were introduced to the awards fantastic supporters who can offer young people potential life changing opportunities.

We wish shortlisted nominees the best of luck at the Bristol Young Heroes Awards on Friday 5th July:

  • Amelia, Environmental Hero - Hartcliffe Club For Young People
  • Dasha, Sporting Hero - Outdoor Employment Programme
  • Hartcliffe 10, Team Award - Hartcliffe Club For Young People
  • Kyle, Action Hero - Hartcliffe Club For Young People
  • Looked After Children group, Team Award - BS14 Stockwood Youth Club
  • Missie, Super Hero - The Grove @ Bedminster Down

Young Bristol would also like to recognise Ellis and our Outdoor Activities team, who have achieved incredible things during 2023! To find out more information about their nominations, click here!

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May 10, 2024

Booking now open: May and Summer Outdoor Activities 2024!

We are pleased to announce that booking for our May and Summer Outdoor Activities is now live!

Join Young Bristol and experience the thrill of the great outdoors! With a range of activities on offer, from paddling Bristol's own Harbourside to climbing through an underground adventure, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Book your Outdoor Activities sessions here!

3 Day Wet, Wild and Wicked - £120pp

This is an intensive programme of back to back activities. From navigating through caves to mastering paddleboarding, rock climbing, archery, kayaking, bushcraft, and orienteering challenges, experience a wide range of adventures and activities. Find out more information and book your Wet, Wild and Wicked session here.

  • Wednesday 24th July 2024 - Friday 26th July 2024
  • Tuesday 30th July 2024 - Thursday 1st August 2024
  • Monday 12th August 2024 - Wednesday 14th August 2024
  • Tuesday 20th August 2024 - Thursday 22nd August 2024

Paddle Power Development Course - £80pp

Two days of back to back activities, embarking on a development course, tailored for young adventurers who are eager to advance their canoeing and kayaking skills. Previous attendance to a Half Day Kayaking session is recommended to make the most of this opportunity. Find out more information and book your Paddle Power Development Course here.

  • Monday 5th August 2024 - Tuesday 6th August 2024
  • Tuesday 20th August - Wednesday 21st August 2024

Full Day Wet and Wild - £45pp

Channel your inner Robin Hood as you learn archery skills and embrace the art of bushcraft, alongside cooking over an open fire. Then experience the aquatic thrills with kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding across Bristol's iconic Harbour. Find out more information and book your Wet and Wild session here.

  • Thursday 8th August 2024
  • Tuesday 13th August 2024

Full Day Wet and Wicked - £45pp

Spend the day with us learning about the basic paddling techniques and enjoy playing fun, confidence-building games that encourage balance, agility and teamwork. You will continue to work with your team mates to build a raft and paddle your team to victory. Find out more information and book your Wet and Wicked session here.

  • Tuesday 23rd July 2024
  • Friday 2nd August 2024
  • Friday 9th August 2024
  • Thursday 15th August 2024
  • Thursday 22nd August 2024

Half Day Kayaking - £20pp

A perfect session for beginners, and those with a little experience. Spend the session learning about the basic paddling techniques and take part in fun, confidence-building games that encourage balance, agility and teamwork. Find out more information and book your Half Day Kayaking session here.

  • Friday 31st May 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 24th July 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday 29th July 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tuesday 30th July 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday 5th August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 7th August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday 12th August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday 19th August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Friday 23rd August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Half Day Paddleboarding - £20pp

A perfect session for beginners, and those with a little experience. Spend the session with us learning about the basic paddling techniques and enjoy playing fun, confidence-building games that encourage balance, agility and teamwork. Find out more information and book your Half Day Paddleboaring session here.

  • Wednesday 29th May 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Thursday 30th May 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tuesday 23rd July 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday 29th July 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 31st July 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 7th August 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Monday 12th August 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 14th August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Monday 19th August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Friday 23rd August 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Half Day Caving - £20pp

A perfect session for beginners, and those with a little experience. Explore an underground labyrinth with lots of twists and turns, gentle and more challenging climbs and crawls. From large inviting entrances to a superman’s squeeze, Adventure underground while having fun, building confidence and seeing unique rock formations all under the illumination of nothing but your head torch. Find out more information and book your Half Day Caving session here.

  • Monday 29th July 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday 8th August 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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May 2, 2024

Computershare volunteer at Ashton Vale Club for Young People

Last week, we were delighted to invite the "Internal Audit" team from Computershare to Ashton Vale Club for Young People. The group of generous volunteers dedicated their day to help improve our facilities for the benefit of young people.

After a long winter, with some severe weather conditions, Ashton Vale needed a makeover, making sure our youth club was ready for young people use and enjoy throughout the upcoming Summer months!

Eight incredible staff members from Computershare joined us at Ashton Vale, where they helped us to created a safer and cleaner environment. During the day, the team got involved with a number of indoor and outdoor tasks. The group started the day outside, helping us to rake grass, clearing leaves from the drive, jet washing the drive, cutting hedges and weeding any unwanted or dead plants around the club.

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April 23, 2024

Outdoor Employment Programme take part in Super Sliders event!

Over the weekend, young people from our Outdoor Employment Programme took part in the Super Sliders Bronze and Silver programmes!

What a great way for our Outdoor Employment Programme to start their weekend! A small group of our trainees travelled to the University of Bath's Training Village, where they took part in the Super Sliders Bronze and Silver programme. The team from Super Sliders had prepared a day full of activities for young people to get involved with and enjoy!

The programme started off with some "off-track" activities, where the group talked to Tabitha Stoecker and Patrick Atkin from Britain's Olympic Bobsleigh team! During this workshop, the group learnt about different bobsleigh equipment and were taught about a range of bobsleigh techniques!

The workshop continued onto some "on-track" activities, where the group put their learning into practice by using the bobsleigh equipment on the track. Young people all had the opportunity to push themselves down the track and improve their bobsleigh technique!

It was great to see our group of trainees try out new sports and push themselves out of their comfort zone! A huge thank you to Super Sliders for inviting us along to their most recent programme! We look forward to taking part in the next one soon!

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April 18, 2024

Young Bristol's Easter Holiday Provision 2024!

This Easter half term, we saw two weeks of Open Access and Holiday Clubs delivered across our Community Youth Clubs and Outdoor Activity Centre. We worked with new and existing young people, providing them with enriching opportunities and a hot, healthy meal!

Young Bristol's Easter Holiday Clubs, for young people aged 8-19, were located in 6 locations across the city, where our Community Youth Club staff and Outdoor Activities team ran extended evening sessions for young people! Our team were able to provide young people with a number of exciting activities, a free prepared meal and a safe space to have fun! Our programmes were free for all to attend, with a focus on those in receipt of free school meals!

This Easter, Young Bristol saw:

  • 482+ contacts with young people
  • 29+ open access and holiday club sessions delivered
  • 50+ Free School Meals young people engaged with
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April 16, 2024

Young Bristol's Creative Writing Competition winners 2024!

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!

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