October 30, 2023

10 Year Celebration of Outdoor Employment Programme!

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On Wednesday 15th November, Young Bristol are celebrating 10 years of our Outdoor Employment Programme!

Young Bristol's Outdoor Employment Programme (formerly known as the Instructor Training Scheme) was founded in 2013, where we have welcomed 30-60 trainees onto the programme each year! The programme offers young people 12 instructor qualifications in a range of outdoor activities, with a training process that allows them to meet local employers such as SS Great Britain and Redpoint Climbing Centre.

We have seen some outstanding successes from the programme, with at least 80% of the trainees starting further education, training or employment within a year of their first session. The Outdoor Employment Programme has become a huge asset to young people in Bristol, and we are proud to be celebrating 10 years of success with the programme!

Our set guest list will join us from 6:30pm, where they will enjoy champagne and canapes on arrival. We plan to hear from former and current trainees who have been through the programme, who will discuss how the Outdoor Employment Programme has positively impacted them!

Located at SS Great Britain Harbourside Kitchen, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, BS1 6TY. Paid parking is available at the venue.

To find out more about our Outdoor Employment Programme, click here!

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July 11, 2024

Refurbishments transform Poole's Wharf Activity Centre

Thanks to Bristol City Council Community Infrastructure Levy Fund, we are pleased to see Pooles Wharf Outdoor Activity Centre under refurbishment, with exciting developments to the centre’s facilities and outdoor area!

Since its inception in 2000, our Pooles Wharf Activity Centre has evolved to become one of Bristol’s premier providers of outdoor pursuits. The vibrant hub is home to a broad range of water-based opportunities for Bristol’s young people and the wider community, as well as hosting Young Bristol’s Outdoor Employment Programme, Kayak Club, Holiday Clubs and more!

As part of the charity’s 2022-25 Strategic Priorities, we have focused on investing in our infrastructure, resources and buildings, ensuring young people and their communities have an environment that they can thrive in.

The centre’s refurbishments have been made possible by Bristol City Council's Community Infrastructure Levy Fund as well as matched investment from Young Bristol, which has enabled us to give a much-needed modernisation to the centre. The refurbishments to the centre include slip resistant safety flooring, energy efficient lighting throughout, fully accessible bathroom, as well as the addition of double glazing to further boost our energy efficiency, helping to bring down the cost of utilities.

The funding from Bristol City Council as well as our investments, have allowed us to transform the space, giving young people, schools, youth groups and the wider community an improved experience when accessing and using the facilities at the centre.

The improvements, which began earlier this year, have also seen the installation of a new kitchen, toilets, interior and exterior lighting, windows and flooring, as well as an expansion of the downstairs entranceway.

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June 28, 2024

Thank you to the KFC Youth Foundation!

Young Bristol are excited to announce that we have received grant funding from the KFC Youth Foundation!

Ashton Vale Club for Young People, Hartcliffe Club for Young People, Sea Mills Boys' and Girls' Club and The Grove @ Bedminster Down were all selected amongst various other local organisations across KFC restaurant communities in the UK. Our aim with the funding will be to empower young people to reach their full potential!

At Young Bristol, we believe that every young person has the right to discover what they are capable of. We work with young people aged 8 - 19 (up to 25 for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) in 16 communities in and around Bristol, in-turn, supporting their families and wider communities. The funding received from the KFC Youth Foundation is vital as it will allow us to continue our work with Bristol’s young people by supporting their clubs core needs.

Young Bristol would like to extend a huge thank you to the KFC Youth Foundation for recognising the work we do to help build positive futures for the young people of Bristol!

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June 25, 2024

Young people attend Essex Adventure Weekend 2024!

This month, Young Bristol invited 13 young people from across our Community Youth Club network to join us at this years NABGC Essex Adventure Weekend!

We were pleased to see a number of young people from Avon Youth Club, BS14 Stockwood Youth Club, Hartcliffe Club for Young People, Henbury Youth Club on Wheels and The Grove @ Bedminster Down. The group travelled from Bristol to Essex Outdoors Mersea Activity Centre, where they took part in a weekend full of amazing activities!

The residential weekend allowed young people to experience camping independently for two nights. For some of our young people, this was their first time camping and leaving Bristol without a parent or carer. It was great to see the group learn new life skills whilst camping.

Across the weekend, our young people got involved with a number of sporting activities such as archery, laser tag zip wiring, high ropes, climbing walls and bush craft. Our group also got involved with a number of more relaxing activities such as visiting the beach. During these activities, the group were able to form bonds with young people from other youth clubs in Bristol as well as young people across the country!

Thank you NABGC and Essex Boys and Girls Clubs for arranging an amazing residential for young people to try new activities, make new friendships and learn life skills. We would also like to thank Clarion Housing for providing us with the funding to take young people to experience new opportunities!

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June 20, 2024

Young Bristol's Young Volunteers receive new uniform!

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to purchase our Young Leaders their own uniforms. Our 8 Young Leaders were excited to feel like part of the team with their new Young Bristol branded hoodies.

Across our Community Youth Club network, we have a number of young people who are excited to join our voluntary team as young leaders! The role of our Young Leaders is to support the staff team and junior young people by running their own sports or crafts activities. Our Young Leaders also help with other jobs throughout sessions at their club such as running the Tuck Shop and supporting registrations.

Young Leaders also help new young people to settle into the new environment. The team do this by introducing new young people to our current groups that attend and make sure they get involved with team sports and craft activities, which will help them to form new bonds!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Leonard Laity Stoate Charitable Trust who provided us with the funding to purchase our Young Leaders uniform! If you would like to learn how you can become a Young Leader, click here to find your local Youth Club or contact us!

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Join our Summer Holiday Clubs 2024!

Join Young Bristol and take part in our FREE Summer Holiday Clubs! We are open to all young people aged 8-19 across our Community Youth Clubs! From sports activities to creative workshops, we have something for everyone to enjoy! A free hot, healthy meal will also be provided to all young people.

Our Summer Holiday activities at our Community Youth Clubs are kindly funded by the Holiday Activity Fund, supported by Bristol City Council, The Department of Education and Your Holiday Hub!

We are pleased to announce we have a confirmed list of dates for our Summer delivery!

Ashton Vale Club for Young People

  • Monday 29th July, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 30th July, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday 5th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 6th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday 12th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 13th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday 19th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 20th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Address: Ashton Vale Club for Young People, Silbury Road, Ashton Vale, BS3 2QE

BS14 Stockwood Youth Club

  • Tuesday 30th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Looked After Children)
  • Tuesday 6th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Looked After Children)
  • Tuesday 13th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Looked After Children)
  • Tuesday 20th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Looked After Children)
  • Thursday 22nd August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday 27th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm (Looked After Children)
  • Thursday 29th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Address: BS14 Stockwood Youth Club, Stockwood Lane, Stockwood, BS14 8SJ

The Grove @ Bedminster Down

  • Monday 29th July, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 31st July, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday 5th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 7th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday 12th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 14th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday 19th August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday 21st August, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Address: The Grove @Bedminster Down, 27a Cheddar Grove, Bedminster Down, BS13 7EN

To find out more about our Holiday Clubs, click here or contact info@youngbristol.com for more information

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June 13, 2024

A warm welcome to our Fundraising Coordinators!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of India Crawford, Fundraising Coordinator and Louis Goldspring, Fundraising Coordinator!

India has experience of working with young people as both a Teaching Associate and a doctor based in Bristol. She has also previously helped with fundraising, supporting educational opportunities in the UK and abroad. India is looking forward to working with the Fundraising Team, ensuring Young Bristol can continue to make a positive impact through its programmes and services. Outside of work, India loves to cook and bake – and tries to balance this with a mix of long walks, cycling and Pilates!

Louis recently graduated University, studying Politics and International Relations. He has also worked in the charity sector since graduating, where he has worked as a Street Fundraiser for a homelessness and housing charity. Louis also had experience coaching young people in cricket. Louis is excited to join us as part of the Fundraising Team, where he plans to help us to secure funding for our current and future projects, as well as helping us to continue supporting young people. Outside of work, Louis enjoys sports - in particular cricket!

We hope you will join us in welcoming India and Louis to the Young Bristol team!

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Join our NCS Aspire Programme!

Young Bristol are offering a NEW five-week programme called "Aspire" for 16-17 year olds, where they will learn the skills to become world ready and work ready! The programme offers the opportunity for you to meet new people and make new friends!

Each session will be based around a number of different themes and activities to help you learn practical life skills such as: cooking, sports, discussion activities, planning budgets and decision making.

Each week, our sessions will be based at Ashton Vale Club for Young People, Silbury Road, Bristol, BS3 2QE, from 3:30pm - 6:30pm. Each programme will be split into three parts across the year. To take part in our programme, register your interest here!

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Part 2

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Part 3

  • 19th February
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If you would like to find out more about our NCS programme or would like to register your interest, click here!

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Avon Youth Club kindly facilitated our Dodgeball tournament, where we saw representatives from Avon Youth Club, Hartcliffe Club for Young People and The Grove @ Bedminster Down, to compete and win this years dodgeball competition.

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Young people take part in The Canoe Test 2024!

This year, Young Bristol organised NABGC's 58th annual Canoe Test!

Through the bank holiday weekend, young people from Young Bristol and those associated with the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs took part in The Canoe Test 2024. The challenge took place over four days, with participants paddling down the River Wye.

Young people completed this challenging event, with some achieving up to 100 miles of canoeing! The event taught all participants some life-changing skills in addition to canoeing, such as preparing their own food and setting up their own tents to camp in, which they can continue to use on future adventures.

The four days of canoeing down the River Wye was all under the expert guidance of Young Bristol's Commercial Activities team, ably supported by a number of volunteers, all giving up their bank holiday weekend to to ensure all young people participating in this years Canoe Test had an amazing experience!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this years Canoe Test a truly unforgettable event full of learning, laughter and friendship-building!

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