Happy New Year!
2018 is an exciting year for everyone at Young Bristol, as we celebrate our 90th anniversary.
I am honoured to have the opportunity to take on the role of Chair at such an important time in our history and look forward to working with Lee Williams, all the staff team and trustees to deliver our ambitious new strategy.
We are all delighted to welcome Peaches Golding OBE, who has taken on the role as our new Patron, and Luke Bigwood, our newest trustee, who will be focussing on developing our communication strategy.
With the strong foundation of national lottery funding for some of our core work until 2020, we have been able to invest a significant amount of time over the last year in reviewing our work and the future needs of young people around Bristol. This review has reconfirmed our belief in the need to ensure that community based youth work is available for all young people and has informed our new strategy for 2020.
Based on our review, we have identified a need to build on the work we have been doing for so many years and ensure the sustainability of our core youth clubs. We also have some exciting plans for new developments which we hope will enable us to support more young people and communities, as well as helping our aim of ensuring a sustainable future. We look forward to sharing more details of our plans with you over the year.
Finally, looking back over the last 90 years, I believe there are a couple of key reasons why Young Bristol has continued to be so important in the lives of young people and communities. Firstly, because our work is needed. That need clearly still remains, and is arguably greater than ever and certainly more complex. Secondly, we are fortunate to have benefitted from fantastic support from so many people in different ways.
So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters – including all the staff team, trustees, fundraising committee, members, volunteers and donors. We look forward to celebrating with you this year and hope that you will continue to support us as we move on to the next chapter in our history.