“You can see how our work continues to change lives; and it is these stories that inspire all of us to do more.”
We are very proud to publish this year’s Impact Report for 2020-21, which demonstrates the positive impact Young Bristol are continuing to have on so many children and young people, in and around Bristol.
This year’s Impact Report was launched at our President’s Meeting on Wednesday 1st December 2021. The President’s Meeting welcomed our staff team, Trustee Board and Vice Presidents to discuss our Impact during 2020-21 and Young Bristol’s 2021-24 Strategy development.
The meeting explored how Young Bristol has consulted with children and young people, our supporters, national bodies and stakeholders, together with the wider community throughout 2021. It is really important for the team at Young Bristol to reflect on how far we have come over the years, helping us to build our future aspirations for the organisation, to be able to respond to future needs and keep young people at the heart of everything that we do.
‘The way the youth sector has come together, both locally and nationally has shown how we can work together to respond to the needs of young people.’
Young Bristol has been at the core of Bristol’s communities for over 90 years, adapting and evolving when faced with challenges, to ensure that we are there in local communities, providing safe spaces, empowering and inspiring children and young people to overcome and achieve great futures.
This has been a year unlike any others, as we were faced with the unprecedented challenge of supporting young people during a pandemic and multiple national lockdowns. At a time when we knew that young people desperately needed safe spaces to go to, opportunities to connect with their friends and to try something new; we were not able to open the doors of our clubs and activity programmes for large periods of the year. With that in mind, I am incredibly proud of the way that the Young Bristol team adapted its way of working to continue to meet the needs of young people.
The effects of the pandemic on young people are significant, but are not new, and have served to highlight the issues of loneliness, wellbeing and poor employment prospects that so many young people across the city were sadly already facing. There are no quick answers to these issues, but we know the preventative value and long term impact of our work, and we remain committed to providing quality open access provision in our local communities.
Looking to the future, we want to build on what we have learnt from the last year and to invest in our people, facilities and partnerships to meet the increasing demand for our support. With that in mind, I have been really pleased to see the way that the youth sector in Bristol came together through this period and we are looking forward to working as part of the Bristol Voluntary and Community sector (VCS) youth work group to develop and deliver its new strategy.
As we look ahead, I am pleased to share our 2020 – 21 Impact Report, which demonstrates the passion, drive and commitment of the staff team, trustees, fundraising committee and volunteers behind Young Bristol. Thank you for your fantastic and continued support, and I hope you enjoy reading our impact in this year’s report.
CHAIR OF YOUNG BRISTOL
Our key highlights
Some of our key highlights from this year’s Impact Report include:
- 2,025 young people supported by our programmes during COVID-19
- 20,492 reached on 69 interactive videos on social media
- 629 face-to-face and online sessions delivered
- 56 qualifications awarded by young people ages 8 – 25
- 16 communities supported across Bristol and the surrounding areas
- 4 new communities received youth provision during 2020 – 21
- The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was awarded to Young Bristol, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK
Download our 2020-21 Impact Report
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