Reimagining and redeveloping The Courts Imagine 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 Kayla's Story For Youth Work Week 2018, we are celebrating the unsung heroes of communities: youth workers. Kayla tells us what a day in her life is: I am Kayla, I love to do gymnastics and be in school. I have brown eyes, fair brown hair and skin that shows a combination of Liverpool and Jamaica. I love making friends and trying new things, I’ve been like this my whole life. I was brought up around boys, 5 brothers in total, so I had to adapt. I liked cars and combat figures because I had to. Not forgetting my 3 sisters, I braid their hair every morning and teach them how to be polite. I have 8 siblings in total, wow! On a good day, our house is fun. On an okay day, it’s busy. On a bad day, it’s just loud. My favourite day is Wednesday, it’s Women Wednesday (girls’ football, yes!). I get to spend the day with my favourite teacher. And most important, I get to hang around at youth club. When I get home from school, I get changed into a comfortable outfit. Then I walk there with Fabian, my brother. On the walk there we see the trees shivering in the cold breeze, the leaves ripple up into the air and the sun shines down on my skin. I take the path through the local park, and that’s when I see my destination: Hillfields Youth Club. It doesn’t look like very much but from the inside there’s a whole lot more to it. The first thing I see when I walk in is the smile on my friends’ faces. Then I look at the people who really take care of me, Roisin, Lucy, Richard and Harriet. Roisin is generous with curly black hair that makes her look like she’s as fierce as a panther. Lucy is a caring supporter with straight brown hair and glasses perched on her nose which makes her look original. Rich, the music man, who led me through my arts award, which seemed like a mountain I couldn’t climb at the start. And Harriet, the kind lady with cool trainers who’s amazing at sorting out problems. Even though other people don’t think they’re heroes, to me, they definitely are. When I see them I picture them wearing capes and flying round rescuing people. Youth Club is an open space where we can have fun and play, where we can share our emotions and feel comfortable. Youth Club is safe. Youth Club is run by heroes. My heroes. If you'd like to see more heroes in Bristol, have you considered supporting us?