Supporting the Wider Community
Many of Young Bristol’s venues are located in the most deprived urban communities in Bristol. However during daytime hours, Young Bristol’s Community Youth Clubs and other venues are under-utilised, whilst children and young people attend school. Over the years it has become Young Bristol’s increasing passion for our venues to become a vibrant facilitator to local communities.
Young Bristol’s work with older generations has developed over the years, with a popular Silver Social group for over 55s at Ashton Vale Club for Young People to Broad Plain & Riverside Youth Project developing boxing sessions for those affected by Parkison’s Disease, and intergenerational opportunities benefiting young and old.
As we continue to develop this work, our vision continues with the aim to connect communities, reduce social isolation and loneliness, and improve attitudes to the local area.
Enjoy a kick about at our new Walking Football sessions at our Community Youth Clubs.
Walking Football is, as the name suggests, a version of football where players walking instead of run.
- Keeping you fit and maintaining a healthier lifestyle
- No running or jogging, only minimal contact and WALKING
- Walking Football is suitable for all abilities
Sessions will be led by Qualified Coach, Jeff Dickens and will take place across Bristol on a weekly basis.
Kindly funded by Quartet Community Foundation’s Express Grant.
Find out more and sign up today here.
Walking Tennis is for anyone who wants to play tennis, but at their own pace. It’s ideal for those who:
- Used to play tennis but now just need a bit more time getting to the ball
- Have never played tennis before and want to build up their confidence
- Are looking to get more active while having fun
- Are recovering from an injury and working back towards full fitness
Sessions will be led by Qualified Coach, Jeff Dickens and will take place on a weekly basis. Kindly funded by LTA.
Sessions cost £4 per person and include a hot beverage (pay on the day).
For several years we have run a popular ‘Silver Social’ group for over 55’s at Ashton Vale Club for Young People.
Older people can enjoy the company of others over a hot drink and a chat. There are games and activities available to try including board games, ping pong and pool, plus occasions where the group will be joined by young people from the local primary school. This takes place on Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm at our Ashton Vale Club for Young People.
Young Bristol runs a club for over 55’s where older people can enjoy water-based activities, such as gig rowing, canoeing and kayaking.
The club also incorporates fun social activities aimed at reducing loneliness. The Over 55’s Club runs on Wednesdays, 10am – 12.30pm at our Pooles Wharf Activity Centre. Sessions are £8 per person.
In 2018-19, we partnered with Alive Activities to deliver a series of intergenerational day trips and activities for young people from Young Bristol’s Community Youth Clubs and older people from Alive’s care homes.
Trips included a visit to Bristol Zoo, Weston-super-Mare, Bristol Museum, and even Puxton Park theme park. The project also included follow up creative arts activities in the care homes to continue engagement. This type of intergenerational work is a brilliant way of encouraging empathy and understanding between young and old, and really helps build strong ties across the local community.
This partnership won The Partnership Award at the Voscur Social Impact Awards 2020.