Bristol business funds new media suite at South Bristol Youth Club

Young Bristol this week unveiled their new media suite at BS14 Youth Club in Stockwood, thanks to a generous donation from Bristol-based recruitment company SR2 (Socially Responsible Recruitment).

Young Bristol is one of Bristol’s leading youth charities, providing critical out-of-school opportunities for children and young people in communities across the city. The charity offers a variety of community-based youth services, including their 8 Community Youth Clubs, which have been serving Bristol’s communities and families for generations.

Charities across Bristol are today hugely reliant on the support of local donors, fundraisers and corporate partners to ensure that they can continue to make a greater impact, and it is the support of local businesses such as recruitment company SR2, that Young Bristol can continue to change the lives of the young people they work with.

On Thursday 11th August, Young Bristol welcomed the team behind SR2 to BS14 Youth Club to showcase the new media suite that was generously funded through donations raised by the company during 2021-22. The Youth Club which is currently under refurbishment thanks to further philanthropy donations, provides local young people with open access youth sessions, holiday clubs and after-school clubs. The community venue also benefits the wider community who utilise the Community Youth Club during the daytime.

SR2 have been huge supporters of the charity throughout 2020-22, with the company’s staff team volunteering at numerous Community Youth Clubs across the city, taking part in fundraising events to raise much needed donations, donating vital IT equipment, and even delivering employability workshops to young people who are not in education or employment.

BS14 Youth Club provides much needed respite for many local young people whose homes are neither safe or nurturing, and empowers young people to engage in inspiring opportunities to prevent them becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour. Young people who access the Youth Clubs services attended the event, with one young person saying, “The Media Suite is so cool – we can’t wait to come to the Club next week!”

The ‘SR2 Media Suite’ which has been named after the local business to recognise their incredible support, will inspire young people through the use of media activities, supporting them with CV writing, homework guidance and accessing future employment opportunities, as well as helping the young people who access the Youth Club to explore the tech industry as a career option; something that is important to SR2 and their beliefs. The media suite which is fully equipped with work stations, computers, a projector and podcasting equipment, will also look to host music activities and workshops.

Chris Sheard, CEO of SR2 said,

It has been an absolute honour to work with Young Bristol over the last 18 months and I couldn’t be prouder of the partnership we have formed. Lee and his team work tirelessly to support these children with their personal development and self-belief making them feel valued and part of something. It really is incredible to see.

What’s more, to see that our donation has enabled the opening of the new SR2 suite which includes podcasting equipment, music software and high spec computers, things that will undoubtably have an impact on the confidence of these kids, this amounts to a very proud moment for myself and the SR2 team.”

Lee Williams, Chief Executive of Young Bristol added,

SR2 have gone above and beyond to support Bristol’s children and young people over the last two years. From addressing food poverty at our Clubs, to volunteering over 102 hours at our community venues and funding the new SR2 Media Suite – it is inspiring to see their dedication and commitment to supporting local causes and making a real difference.”

You can find BS14 Youth Club at Stockwood Lane, Stockwood, Bristol, BS14 8SJ. The Youth Club is currently open to young people ages 12 – 19 every Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, ages 8 – 11 every Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm and ages 12 – 19 every Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (coming soon). The Youth Club is also delivering a programme of free daytime Holiday Clubs during the summer holidays.

To find out more about how you can support Young Bristol’s work with children and young people click here.

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