The CourtsImagine a place where a young person’s background, race, beliefs, gender, physical ability and economic status had nothing to do with how good they could be, what they could achieve. A space where they could fully explore their creative potential, receive support and mentoring, and find meaningful work. That place is the Old Bristol Magistrates Courts (The Courts). An enterprise centre to help young people set up their own creative businesses and develop their opportunities. A place where there are no barriers to their future, where the only things that count are their abilities and talents. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Bristol City Council we are developing detailed business and architectural plans to reimagine and redevelop this historic city landmark as a place that will complement Bristol’s renowned and growing creative industries sector. To get involved and keep up to date with our progress, sign up to our newsletter. About us Blog Friendship bracelets and letters exchange: Bristol & The Gambia Our East Youth Work team have been working with local young people to make a difference to children in Africa over the last few weeks. One of our young people, Nyima Touray, is currently undertaking her Youth Achievement bronze award. One of her personal goals was to help children in Africa take part in some fun activities when she visited in this month. Word soon spread of Nyimas trip to Africa and other young people who attend Meadow Vale Junior Night and Hilfields Junior night also wanted to do something nice for the children in The Gambia. How could we bring two groups of young people together thousands of miles away from one another? Young people came up with the idea of making friendship bracelets and writing a small letter to separate young people. Staff supported the young people by buying the equipment and supporting them to write their small letters. Nyima also spent every day running different activities from teaching gymnastics, running arts and crafts sessions, helping to teach rugby with her 14 year old sister Kaira and taught dance routines. She is on target for getting her Bronze award but most of all have achieved her goal and making other young people happy. Nyima visited The Gambia (West Africa) and met lots of local children. She handed out all the letters and friendship bracelets from Creative Youth Networks youth groups and supported the young people to write a letter back. The young people loved the loom band bracelet making and also the knowledge the bracelets and their letters will be travelling thousands of miles back to the UK. The young people from Meadow Vale and Hillfields Youth Club are eagerly awaiting their responses from young people in The Gambia which they will be receiving this week. This has been a fantastic international opportunity and we're happy to have brought children from two continents together to enjoy activities and, most of all, have fun. Find out more about Hillfields Youth Club.