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 Update on Bristol's youth services Overview Three contracts have been awarded to Creative Youth Network 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, education and skills needs. Referrals At the moment, all youth services providers are in a transition period. This means nothing has changed and all providers are processing referrals as normal. Bristol Youth Links providers continue to accept referrals as usual until the current contract ends on 31st March. You can still refer a young person who lives in the East and Central Bristol to us by sending us a referral form to [email protected]. We cover the East areas: Eastville Frome Vale St George Central St George Troopers Hill St George West And West areas: Central Clifton Down Hotwells Harbourside We are also still delivering open access sessions at Hillfields Youth Centre and at The Station, as normal. From 1st June, we will be taking on referrals for the North, South and East-Central Bristol and will deliver some open access sessions across all areas. Bristol's new youth services In the new youth services work, we will help young people aged 11-19 through one to one advice and guidance, group work and open access sessions. We will focus on helping Bristol's disadvantaged young people. We will continue to support young people with specific needs, such as: drugs and alcohol issues sexual health mental health housing young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) young people from the city's priority areas Open access sessions and small group work will be available across the three Bristol areas, including creative sessions and sports. However, this will be reduced compared to the current provision offered. The service is designed to respond to emerging needs and focus resources accordingly, as such some of the staff resource is flexible in activity and location. As we determine the structure of this delivery, we'll update our website, including our one to one advice and guidance and our youth club sessions. If you'd like to keep up to date with changes, you can sign up to our newsletter. Working in partnership Creative Youth Network will work with local community groups and other area providers to deliver this contract. Our partners are: Young Bristol Off the Record Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) Babassa Youth Moves, Full Circle Horn Youth Concern Bread Youth Project Southmead Development Trust Empire Fighting Chance ACE (Aspiration Creation Elevation) Get in touch Are you a young person, parent, carer, teacher or social worker? Do you have a question about Bristol's new youth services? Get in touch with us on [email protected] or 0117 947 7948 - we'd love to hear from you.