Young people from some of Bristol’s most disadvantaged communities will have chance to flourish creatively thanks to a £750,000 funding boost.
Creative Youth Network will use the money to put on a programme of arts courses, sports and after school activities, from film-making and fashion, to music and theatre, for many who might otherwise have gone under the radar.
The Bristol-based charity will receive the funding over the next three years from the Youth Investment Fund to run projects in Hillfields, St Paul’s, Lawrence Weston, Barton Hill, Southmead and the centre.
In partnership with Full Circle, Bread Youth Project, Barton Hill Settlement and Southmead Development Trust, it will provide courses for 1,500 young people to help develop confidence and self esteem, increase communication skills and open up employment opportunities.
“We are excited to be working with organisations who already have a deep reach into their communities in St Paul’s, Lawrence Weston, Barton Hill and Southmead,” said Sandy Hore-Ruthven, CEO of Creative Youth Network.
“This will allow services and positive activies to reach more young people who are part of targeted demographics and need it the most.”
Participants will have the opportunity to gain an accredited arts award at the end of the course.
Some of the Creative Youth Network’s work:
The £40m Youth Investment Fund – made up of Government money and the Big Lottery Fund – is shared by 86 youth organisations across the country.
Minister for civil society Tracey Crouch said: “This investment will have a transformational effect on the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people.
“It will help thousands who might otherwise have gone under the radar flourish.”
Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund added that the fund can help create opportunities to help young people build on their talents and strengths.