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Annual Review 2010-2011

Introduction. FROM OUR CHAIR OF TRUSTEES. It’s been an incredible year for the Creative Youth Network (CYN). We changed our name, from the Kingswood Foundation, because as we spread our wings to support even more young people, we felt we needed to better reflect the work we do and our wider reach beyond the Kingswood area. Capital funding of £5.5m was confirmed by the government for the development of The Station, the new state of the art youth centre in central Bristol. CYN is the lead partner in this exciting development, but when it opens it will be used by over 80 partner organisations all working with young people. And of course, young people continue to be involved throughout the build process from the initial design through to its completion, which is well on track for October 2012.

During this time of change, it has been important for us to retain a focus on the young people we work with now. Our Arts For Life programme for disadvantaged young people has spread to 15 secondary and primary schools across Bristol. And, our newly launched Urban Arts Space programme of open access arts courses has a growing number of young people attending thanks to ongoing support from expert tutors including the Bristol Old Vic, the BBC and Thomas Brooman, ex-Artistic Director of WOMAD. Youth For Youth has continued its history of amazing events run by young people with over 1500 attending the annual Festival and monthly PREMIX music nights throughout the year. We are proud to say the young people have now begun to share their knowledge and train others across Bristol and South Gloucestershire and to top it all, they won the Vinspired Unite award for the best volunteering team in the UK.


In a time of austerity and cuts to many of our colleagues in the charity sector we are fortunate to be able to say that the CYN has grown from strength to strength and, with the fantastic staff team in place we are all set to continue improving and expanding the work we do with young people in Bristol and the South West. A big thank you to the Board of Trustees and of course the CYN staff team.

Youth For Youth not only won – the Vinspired Award for Volunteering Excellence which places the group at the forefront of volunteering at a national level. Our Chair, Caroline Parry also won Young Person of the Year award at the Safer Stronger Community Awards. Urban Arts Space produced their first showcase, celebrating the achievement throughout the year of all 5 available artforms. Arts For Life undertook a new commission through the Quartet Foundation, working with primary and secondary school pupils in a transition project. There are more developments underway. These huge achievements have been made possible by the excellent work being delivered on a daily basis at the Kingswood Estate. The work goes from strength to strength and is a reflection of the staff team’s commitment and dedication to each project. Partnered with the outstanding artists, tutors, assistants and volunteers we work with, the Creative Youth Network is going from strength to strength. Heather Wright, Chair of Trustees.


Participation. We believe that we provide better services for young people when they are involved in the design and delivery of services. Because of this young people are involved in the Creative Youth Network from top to bottom. We have two young trustees who help to plan the future strategy and governance of the organisation. Youth For Youth is, of course, run by young people for young people, The Station has a young people’s management group who are deciding on the opportunities and facilities available in the building and we regularly ask for and get feedback from young people attending our courses, events and programmes. The 40 young people involved in our organising teams are involved in the creation, planning, production, promotion, fundraising and management of our buildings, events and courses and dedicate hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of hours of work to make things happen. Our unique youth involvement allows young people to develop the leadership and management skills to progress their careers and plans for life.



We have 20 core young volunteers in our Youth For Youth project with a further 8 adult volunteers working across the programmes. We are currently working in conjunction with Bristol Volunteer Management Support to target recruitment and to ensure our volunteers receive an even better volunteering experience. We have also had 4 work experience placements on site with the projects team.

“CYN has enabled me to improve my confidence and learn many key skills such as leadership, controlling situations and first aid, which has led to a 3 year certification.� Kieran Coles Y4Y volunteer


The Station Bristol opens in October 2012 and promises to be one of the most exciting new youth venues in the UK. Transforming a Grade II listed Fire Station into a youth hub, Creative Youth Network is the lead partner, working with many other partners from Bristol and beyond. Organisations include Brook Sexual Health, Off the Record Counselling Service, Young Bristol, Basement Studio and YMCA. Combining high quality arts with youth services, this multi million pound MyPlace project will offer young people of all ages and backgrounds a space to develop and create their own artistic work, find support with health and careers or just hang out with friends. The facilities include a 600 capacity main performing space for productions, gigs and events. A music department including a recording studio, vocal booth, practice rooms, media suite and radio station with facilities to record live sessions from the performance spaces. There will be a dance studio with sprung floors, bars and PA system. And for those who want to relax there will be a chill out space as well as a public cafe run by the YMCA.


Over the summer of 2012, there will be projects and activities happening across Bristol to promote the building and raise the profile of the project with youth groups and organisations. Artistic partners who will work with us include Art Action for Kids, Watershed, Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light, Royal Photographic Society, Knowle West Media Centre, WOMAD, MShed and Aardman. We will also be producing our own performances through Urban Arts Space. Once opened, The Station promises to offer young people support on all levels including. There will be alternative education provision delivered during term times as well as apprenticeships and career development opportunities. Facilities will be open to all and a percentage of all sessions will be free. Get in touch for more information on how you can get involved or if you would like to use the space for your own event or creative project.


It has been an exhilarating year for the Arts For Life project (A4L). The engagement programmes have been producing exciting work in the areas of performance arts, circus skills, graffiti, music production, DJ-ing, drumming, sculpture, photography, animation and filmmaking. The young people have been continually growing in confidence and gaining new skills.

Current Courses. Artworks - Alternative education programme for young people struggling to engage in mainstream education. Mentoring - Bespoke mentoring sessions combining art and personal development. Tutorials - Arts tuition for budding artists. ARTism - Art sessions and sensory storytelling for children with Special Educational Needs. Youth in Transition (YIT) - Addressing the difficult transition between primary and secondary school. EMPAtheatre - Forum theatre to tackle issues and develop empathy skills. Creative Career Guidance - Careers guidance for those interested in working in the creative industries.

key outcomes. Across the programme of Arts For Life in 2011 we worked with a total 104 young people from schools across Bristol and South Gloucestershire Empathy raised from 82% to 94% Taking reponsiilty raised from 83% to 94%


Youth in transition. Youth in Transition (YIT) is a project funded by Quartet Community Foundation and is delivered in partnership with the Bridge Foundation and Enterprise Boxing Academy. This is a pilot project, with the possibility of being extended next year, working with targeted young people in year 6 for the last 5 weeks of the summer term and a further five weeks at the start of term in year 7. It addresses the difficult transition period from primary to secondary school. YIT have been working with 25 young people in 3 groups delivered in their new secondary school settings. Our tutors, Becky Brunning and Camilla Adams, are facilitating a multidisciplinary theatre and photography project which focuses on young people’s thoughts and expectations surrounding transition. This will culminate in a showcase or exhibition of the ten weeks work later in the year.

Engagement. This year, Arts For Life has run 3, 10 week engagement projects and a bespoke Music Technology course specially designed for Notton House Special School over 6 weeks. Numbers were lower than anticipated in the summer term due to financial restraints on local authorities. However, the quality of work produced was excellent and the young people produced 4 fantastic showcases. This year Arts For Life worked with 29 young people, 10 primary schools and 12 secondary schools across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.


2011 has been a great year for the Urban Arts Space (UAS). We have had over 110 young people attending our open access programme and have worked alongside industry professionals to deliver a top class, out of school programme. The majority of our current attendees are local residents, although a few travel further afield from South Gloucestershire and parts of Bristol.

This year UAS delivered sessions in theatre, animation, hip-hop, DJ and music technology, graffiti and live music. Our collaborative project with South Gloucestershire Dance and Fusion Dance Company continued to deliver dance lessons for disabled young people in the community. Our collaborative animation project with Suited & Booted was a huge success and featured alongside other films and documentaries supported by Media Trust at the Watershed in Bristol.

KEY OUTCOMES. On site: average attendance this academic year per week = 44 Outreach: 3 schools = 70 students Total young people worked with 114


We have been fortunate enough to be working with Media Trust to receive mentoring from film industry professionals, actress Sophie Ward and director Steve Smith. They have offered their time to develop young people’s understanding and knowledge of what it takes to become professionals in a challenging industry. Two mentees will be attending Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show in London, with their mentor, BAFTA award winning Director, Steve Smith. They will have the opportunity to watch the show’s rehearsal and its live recording at the studios.

Performances. This year saw our first ever UAS showcase which was held at the John Cabot Academy. It was a chance for each UAS group to present aspects of work from the past year. There were performances from the youth theatre and hip-hop groups, music from our DJs and a performance from our MC. There was live music from local band Decade Party and an exhibition from the graffiti group. The night was a huge success, with over 60 friends and family enjoying and sharing in the young “This is the best people’s achievements.

club I have ever been to, I am definitely coming every single week now!” Young person UAs Graffiti group

Earlier in the year, the hip-hop crew performed at the St George’s Day fair in Kingswood Park and at Armed Forces day. The hip-hop crew also featured in a Children In Need promotional video. One of these young members came in for a weeks work experience on the Kingswood Estate.


It has been another busy year for our Youth For Youth (Y4Y) volunteers. Alongside their annual Main Event music festival last September which was attended by 1500 people and headlined by The Blackout, there were monthly rock music nights and event training for other local youth centres, including Hillfields. The launch of a new PREMIX night, UP, an idea made possible by Lottery Funding is also underway. This is an experimental evening of indie, dance and pop live music for young people in Bristol. Youth For Youth have started working with two mentors who advise and support the group particularly around the Main Event. Thomas Brooman, CBE, and founder of the WOMAD Festival, has been delivering weekly music nights as part of UAS. He is now supporting the artistic side of the event coordination. Dan Marks, formerly a volunteer with Youth For Youth and now an undergraduate and freelance Event Consultant, has been offering mentoring to the group to support their event management in the lead up to this year’s Main Event on Saturday 3rd September. The group increased their core volunteer numbers to 20 and the monthly PREMIX gigs continued to go from strength to strength with up to 100 people attending the nights each month. PREMIX promises to be just as successful next year and is fully booked with bands until November.

KEY OUTCOMES. PREMIX numbers increase in January – up to 40 young people. Numbers still need to be increased. However, the training and touring of PREMIX nights to other youth groups has been successful Training sessions = 3 groups from South Gloucestershire Alternative nights = 2 nights at Kingsway Total young people worked with = 49

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Awards. Awards this year include the Vinspired Unite Award for best youth volunteering team in the UK. This is the highest accolade young volunteers can achieve. Caroline Parry, the Chair of Youth For Youth, also won the Young Person of the Year award at the Safer Stronger Communities event for South Gloucestershire for her volunteering contribution and its impact in lowering crime in Kingswood. According to reports from local police statistics, Youth For Youth’s PREMIX nights reduce crime in the area by 23%. This adds to the list of awards already achieved by the group including the Philip Lawrence Award, and the Safer Stronger Communities Award, 2 years running.

Achievements. A reduction of 23% in criminal damage and anti social behaviour in the community (According to police statistics) 23 events held over the past four years for over 5000 young people of those attending the events: • 87% of young people rate them as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ • 78% of young people say it has improved their pride in the area • 63% agreed they might have done something more ‘risky’ if they had not attended the events Of the 55 young people who have been involved in the organising group: • 9 have gained paid work as a direct result of skills and experience gained • 3 have started their own music related businesses • 49 feel their confidence and personal skills have increased, enabling them to take more opportunities • 46 have improved their skills and knowledge of the music industry and event management


“Really great thing for kids to be involved with. Long may it continue! The tutors are great!� Audience feedback from Urban Art Space showcase


KARL’S STORY. Karl* first came to the Creative Youth Network via a referral to the Arts For Life Programme made by the head of pastoral care at his school. Karl was experiencing difficulties engaging in mainstream education and managing his behaviour in class. The Arts For Life team met with Karl to talk through his experiences and helped him to develop personal targets, ensuring he had the tools to achieve them. By using forms of urban music including beat boxing, MC-ing and mixing technology, Karl was able to develop his practical and social and emotional skills. These helped him gain confidence and tackle new experiences. Karl, working with the close support that the Arts For Life staff offer, was able to work within a team and make new friendships based around a common interest in music. After two Arts For Life projects, Karl has g ained the skills and confidence to take on a new challenge. He has started attending the Urban Art Space music technology project where his music techniques are being continually developed. At these weekly open access evening sessions he works with structure, self management and real motivation. It is to Karl’s credit that he continues to attend the project and shares his knowledge and support to his peers. Karl is now able to motivate himself and engage in creative and fulfilling activities with others. He has matured and is able to connect more fully into social and school life. These days he regularly socialises with friends whom he met at the Creative Youth Network and collaborates with them making beats and demos. Earlier this year Karl performed a DJ set at one of the Youth For Youth PREMIX events and is set to continue on the road to DJ super stardom. *Name changed for confidentiality



To enable UA to provide commissioned services for young people with disabilities. We received funding for two phases.

Children in Need

For the day to day running of out UAS evening courses.

To help deliver UAS music courses and provide top class music facilities.

Expansion of UAS. Young people to develop a range of skills and personal qualities.

Youth Music

To help towards the engagement A4L programme.

To deliver the numeracy aspect of the A4L courses.

To help towards the running of the Youth In Transition project

Britannia Foundation Merchant Ventures Realising Ambitions

To help towards mentoring projects for 16-25 Independent People

Development of Youth in Transition, a project working with young people as they move progress from Junior to Secondary School.

Development of Y4Y’s PREMIX nights and Main Event. Y4Y Core funding over 3 years.


Reaching Communities

Esmee Fairburn Charitable Trust

South Gloucstershire Council

BAA Communities Trust

Cross project general support, won as part of the Vinspired Award.

For core salary costs across projects.

Henry Smith Charity

To help us refurb Studio 5.

Lankelly Chase Foundation For the development of The Station Project.

Big Lottery Arts Council

Grant to develop projects at The Station

To develop youth involvement at The Station.

Quartet Community Foundation

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Estates. During the past year there have been few changes to the Kingswood Estate tenants, we continue to be the home for 23 mostly voluntary sector organisations. We have been very fortunate that despite the challenging economic times over the past year all the space on site is fully occupied.

We have continued to invest in the Estate and during the year an additional £60,000 was spent on the Kingsway Centre to complete its refurbishment. The additional funding from SITA and the St George Neighbourhood Partnership has enabled the car park to be repaved, new fencing to be installed and the site landscaped. Alongside this our volunteers have been busily planting a range of indigenous trees, shrubs and wild flowers as part of the Jubilee Woods project and Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign. This has been a very successful project in which we have invested over £250,000 in capital funding over the past two years. Usage of the Kingsway Centre has been growing during the year and the space is fully used for over sixty hours per week.


During the year there have been two major improvements to the Estate, solar panels have been installed on the South Wing and Studio 5 has become the home of our Projects Team. The solar panels have enabled us to reduce the cost of electricity to the site and to reduce our carbon footprint. We have the capacity to increase the number of solar panels on site threefold and are trying to raise the funding to make this happen. The Department of Education finally gave us the green light for The Station Project and the Estates Team have been busy helping to co-ordinate the capital development of what will become the biggest youth facility in Bristol if not in the South West. Our final major initiative during the year has been the development of our links with the FEDW Activities Centre in Crickhowell which we have taken over the day to day management. The centre provided accommodation for up to 22 young people and adults in the Brecon Beacons National Park and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to challenge young people in a rural environment.


Tenants. Acoustic Arts Music/games workshops for children Alzheimer’s Society – The Limes A Day Support Service for adults of working age with a diagnosis of dementia Amdaris LLP Software design and development Barnardos Working to support vulnerable young people and their families Bridge Community Church A growing community of people of different ages, stages, backgrounds and nationalities


Circomedia Courses in professional circus and physical theatre for students, from UK and abroad CVS South Gloucestershire Supporting developing and representing the Voluntary Sector in South Gloucestershire DHI – Developing Health & Independence A charity that challenges social exclusion by supporting people to achieve their potential ERIC (Education & Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) Information and support on childhood bedwetting, daytime wetting, soiling and constipation

Essentialmail Advertising and marketing consultancy

Magic Rocket Day nursery for babies and pre-school children

KIDS Working with disabled children, young people and their families

Macmillan Supporting victims of cancer

Kinergy Providing counselling for men and women who have been sexually abused or raped

Orchard Workshops Charity offering inclusive arts and crafts courses including stained glass, woodwork, jewellery and silversmithing, etc

Kingswood Community Transport Providing accessible transport for local groups

Sense Woodside Family Centre Specialist Centre for Deafblind and Single Sensory Impairment with additional disabilities for all ages

Kingswood Gymnastic & Trampoline Centre Gym classes for children from 18 months to 18 years, with qualified instructors

Survive Charity providing refuge and support for women and their Withies Cafe Delicious range of food and drinks available


Trustees. Heather Wright (Chair) Thomas Brooman OBE Julian Davis Anneli Douglas Robert Dury David Fairclough (Treasurer) John Hirst Pippa Jones James Katon Mike Lea Chris Lambert-Gorwyn Dan Marks John Savage CBE Graham Tanner


Thanks. CYN Team would like to thank all of the tutors and assistants who have worked extremely hard this year producing high quality artistic work with all of our young people. This list is not exhaustive. We have worked on an ad hoc basis with other tutors on our projects, thanks also to them. Patrick Duff Laura Thompson Felix Braun Emma Martin Carole Sherman Flora Touslon-Clarke Amy Garrahay Josh Tucker Stewart Kemp Bob Blunden Camilla Adams Ben Nash Ben Green Hayle Adams

John Cabot Academy Kingswood Community Transport Circomedia Connecting Kingswood CVS South Gloucestershire Troy Tanksa, The Basement Studio Paul Miles, Alder King April Richmond, Bristol City Council MIDAS Brandon Hill Communications Our volunteers

And finally thank you to Camilla Adams and Sarah Baber for the photography and Zara Lee for the design.


CONTACT US. The KIngswood Estate 20 Old School House Britannia Road Bristol BS15 8DB TEL: 0117 947 7948 /creativeyouthnet /thestationbristol /cyna4l /cynus /cyny4y @CREATIVE_YOUTH @CYNY4Y REGISTERED CHARITY NO: 266318 | REG COMPANY: 01099684


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