New contracts worth £9 million have just been announced by Bristol City Council to provide crucial support services for young people across the city.
This new funding will focus on services for 11-19 year olds, and will provide a range of support for social, health and education needs.
Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
“Providing support for Bristol’s vulnerable young people remains an important part of the council’s changing role in the city. Despite reductions in funding as a result of cuts in central government support we have developed a new service that will see around £3m per year invested in supporting those who need it most.”
Creative Youth Network
Three of these contracts have been awarded to Creative Youth Network. Creative Youth Network is an organisation working to provide creative support for young people through building trusting relationships, getting young voices heard and providing programmes and activities for young people.
Sandy Hore-Ruthven, CEO of Creative Youth Network said: ‘We are really pleased to be awarded these contracts. The new targeted youth services will allow us to build on our existing work with young people and help them reach their potential. Our service includes work with many local organisations that will help us to reach young people from all communities in our city.’
This funding is important for organisations like Creative Youth Network to be able to continue providing much needed services for young people, to help them reach their full potential.
Quartet Community Foundation
As well as Creative Youth Network, Quartet Community Foundation is also set to benefit from this new funding.
Quartet Community Foundation is an independent charity working across the West of England to support local philanthropists in their charitable giving. In this role they give out £2.8 million in grants to local projects supporting disadvantaged groups.
The Bristol City Council funding will be used by Quartet Community Foundation to provide small grants to other organisations working with young people in the local community.
Sue Turner, Chief Executive Quartet Community Foundation, said: ‘For thirty years we’ve been supporting youth organisations across the city and we look forward to supporting many more through this new fund over the coming years.’
This new funding is great news for organisations working with young people around Bristol, and will hopefully help to make them sustainable for the future.