Here at Young Bristol we are well aware of the many benefits open access youth clubs can bring to a local community. Not only can they be a safe place for young people to socialise but also somewhere to build friendships, try new things, keep active and be supported by trained youth workers. There has been much talk in the press recently about what young people do in their leisure time after a landmark study found that millennials are more likely to admit to suffering chronic loneliness than any other age group.
Denise Hatton, chief executive of the youth charity YMCA England and Wales, said: “Councils are spending £206 million less on youth services than three years ago. It is these positive experiences, where young people meet new friends and socialise, that have been lost. With no other choice, the result is a generation where their friends are online and instead of heading to the local youth centre to meet, it’s upstairs to turn on the Xbox.”
Young Bristol are committed to continuing to be a leading provider of community youth clubs in Bristol. We have been completely self funded since Bristol City Council funding stopped in 2012. This position, although a little daunting at first, has enabled us to be self sufficient and work in partnership with many wonderful companies and organisations. The development of Young Bristol as a high quality service provider has certainly benefited from these relationships built over the last 6 years.
Our Community Youth Clubs are open every week across the city for any young people aged 8yrs +. If you would like to find your nearest club please click here.
You can read the article on The Times website here.