How can a building make you smile?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 The National Lottery Heritage 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. The Problem with Creativity The Creative Surplus UK creative industries are a true success story. They are growing at twice the rate of the UK economy, while employment in the sector grows at four times the rate of the national workforce. Creative industries form a key sector of UK industry, generating around £92 billion per annum and contributing more than 5% of the UK economy (DCMS, 2017). Taken as a whole, the creative industries employ about 15,900 people in the Bristol and Bath area. The region’s creatives are estimated to be 50% more productive than the UK average and productivity in creative businesses across Bristol and Bath has increased by 106% since 1999. The Creative Deficit All those positive statistics mask stark reminders about how inequality and other disadvantages are stopping many very able young people from entering the creative industries. White people hold 88% of the jobs and only 11% are occupied by BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) people. Men dominate the sector holding 63% of the jobs. In the gaming industry, a creative field in which the UK excels, 86% of jobs are held by men, 96% by white people. It is also significantly difficult if a young person comes from state education. Since 2010, there has been a 28% drop in the number of students taking creative GCSEs, with a corresponding drop in the number of specialist arts teachers. Our Solution The Courts will throw open the doors to creativity through an open, enabling and supportive environment for those talented but disadvantaged or marginalised young people seeking to enter the creative industries. Floor by floor plan Basement It is envisaged the basement level (the old cell block) will contain incubator space and enterprise workshops for young people. Our plan is to let this space on a short-term and quick-release basis for people looking to develop a business, or starting out as a young professional. Ground floor The ground floor currently has four courtrooms, one of which will be restored to its original condition and offered as a film, television and performance location. The remaining rooms will be developed into lettable spaces for multipurpose use. These will include space for Creative Youth Network services, for creative industries, youth participation work, performance, gallery exhibition and a bar/café.A public entry will ensure everyone, regardless of their physical ability, can use the same entrance. First, second & third floors The first, second and third floors will provide 1,115m² of high-quality office space let commercially and accommodating around 110 workers. These tenant organisations will share our organisational values and ethos for the building.A new lift will connect all four floors, again ensuring full access, while the old staircase will be retained as a heritage feature. We are also considering a green-roof across some of the open spaces covering the rooftop to complement the high-spec insulation, heating and cooling, and energy conservation measures planned to ensure The Courts has the lowest possible environmental impact. About us Blog New support services for young people to launch in Bristol in 2018 New services to provide targeted support to young people in Bristol are set to launch in June with new contracts being announced today. The new services will focus nearly £9m of funding over three years on providing a range of support for young people between the ages of 11 and 19. Three contracts have been awarded to Creative Youth Network to provide targeted support for vulnerable young people in the North, East & Central and South Bristol. These contracts will focus mainly on young people who need support to manage a range of social, health and education/skills 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. 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 will include services for young people not in education, employment or training, support with mental and physical health and help with managing relationships and behaviours. We hope to help approximately 3,700 young people a year across the city with this new service. Councillor Godwin added: These new services will put a focus on identifying and supporting those in the most deprived areas of the city and encourage the sector to grow and become more sustainable. The providers taking on these contracts have been tasked with doing whatever they can to ensure those young people have the best chance possible to fulfil their potential. Although this new service will only represent a small fraction of the good work being undertaken by voluntary groups, sports clubs and other, they will have a significant impact on those young people they serve. I look forward to working with these providers and thank all those who have been part of this process for their support and participation in developing this new service. Working in partnership Creative Youth Network will be working with and sub contracting to a range of other local providers to ensure the service reaches the whole community and young people have the bespoke support they need. Our partners include Bristol Drugs Project, Young Bristol, Youth Moves, Full Circle, Babassa, Horn Youth Concern, Bread Youth Project, Southmead Development Trust, Empire Fighting Chance, ACE (Aspiration Creation Elevation). Creative Youth Network builds supportive relationships with young people from all backgrounds across the South West to help them reach their own potential and live fulfilling lives. In our safe and creative environments across Bristol and South Gloucester, we provide social and emotional support, opportunities for creative expression, and access to alternative education, training and employment. Our work helps young people to find their own voices and change their world for the better. Quartet Community Foundation In a new approach the council has also set aside funding to provide small grants to other organisations and individuals who work with young people. The contract to manage this fund has been awarded to Quartet Community Foundation who have been tasked with using this funding to generate further investment in the sector. This will develop a wide range of support and activities for children and young people in Bristol. 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. Quartet Community Foundation is an independent charity, working across the West of England (Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) to support local philanthropists in their charitable giving. Quartet gives out £2.8 million in grants each year to support people facing disadvantage in our local communities and give as many people as possible the chance to fulfil their potential. Quartet works with local philanthropists to give around a thousand grants a year, supporting the complex network of organisations providing services and projects for communities across the region. Anyone who is concerned about the wellbeing or safety of a child, should call First Response on 0117 903 6444 in working hours, the police on 101 out-of-hours or, if you think there is immediate danger to someone, 999. Follow us on Twitter @Creative_Youth and Facebook /creativeyouthnet /thestationbristol How can we help?