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. Youth Participation: What’s the point? “Participation” and “Have your say” are often phrases that are used across youth services, but young people often wonder ‘what is the point?’ and what does ‘participation’ even mean? Participation means meaningfully ensuring services are relevant for young people today, by including them in service design and delivery. To an organisation, it could be simply consulting with young people about a small decision, completing surveys and even right up to volunteers, youth committee groups and young trustees, resulting in quality youth services that have young people at the heart. However, some could argue that the young people who engage in participation reap most of the benefits, which to name a few can include: Increased confidence and self esteem Sense of connectedness, and feeling of being valued, which can contribute to positive mental health Gaining skills for CV (including references for future employment) Meeting new people and making friends – reducing loneliness and isolation Access to training and support Learning about how youth services work and progressing into a career in youth work The South Gloucestershire Youth Partnership (SGYP), includes youth organisations across South Glos: Creative Youth Network, Southern Brooks, Diversity Trust, Krunch South West and Wickwar Youth Centre who have come together through a passion and determination for delivering quality youth services for young people in South Gloucestershire. Even though I like to think of myself as still being young and across the partnership we have over 30 years’ experience of youth work, we need young people to help us ensure we are providing a quality youth service that is relevant for young people today. To make sure we do this in a meaningful way, we have created a new Youth Ambassador volunteer role, who I cannot wait to start working with. Interested in getting involved? I’d love to hear from you – 07747271919 / [email protected] – Facebook – Hannah Cyn Do you work in a youth organisation? How do you make sure that youth participation is meaningful?