Creative YOU

Creativity is everywhere. Opportunity is not.     

We are part of the solution. The secret is in our name. Every year Creative Youth Network gives thousands of young people a taste and thirst for the arts and culture and the joy, life-skills and opportunity they bring.   

But we want more.   

Creative YOU is our campaign showcasing how we, you and the engaged, emerging and amazing young creatives we support, come together. 

We want to reveal how, together, we are ambition, quality, cultural democracy and social mobility in action. 

Every young person deserves the right to access creativity and development opportunities in the creative and cultural industries.

1. Pledge

Join us by adding your name to support young people everywhere to enjoy and explore: 

-      the opportunity to express themselves creatively 

-      their talent, regardless of background or circumstanceincluding pathways into creative and cultural industries 



2. Sign up

Join us by signing up to our newsletter where we share best practice of how to support young people. 

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3. Find out more

Join us by reading and sharing our CreativeYOU report which shows how our work brings opportunities for creative expression and enables young people to explore their talent, regardless of background or circumstance.  

Download our Creative YOU report


In praise of detached youth work

Youth services manager Carl Bowen talks about the values all our youth work stands on: respect, trust and openness, and how valuable detached youth work is in what we do. Read more

Providing youth activities in lockdown

Support for young people is available in lockdown. As key workers, youth workers are providing invaluable support for young people, online and face to face, at this crucial time. Read more

Ambitious for youth work #YWW2020

As we celebrate Youth Work Week 2020, Sandy points out how we need to mobilise to ensure young people and supported, as they are disproportionately hit by lockdown. Read more

10 fun things to do with the kids this October half term

Finding fun things to do at home can be hard during the best of times. As half term is quickly approaching and restrictions are getting tighter, we’re here to help you get creative and try out new activities at home. Read more

Why retraining isn’t the answer for unemployed in the arts.

Our Creative Producer Emily Bull addresses how the arts and culture industries are key to the UK's economy, and also crucial in so many people's lives, contributing to their wellbeing and sense of purpose. Read more

Black History Month and beyond - our journey towards a more just and equal workplace

It's Black History Month and plenty of organisations are sharing resources, information and activities to celebrate the achievements of people of colour. We take this chance to reflect on our own progress towards being a just and equitable workplace and providing young people of colour, and staff, the best support possible.   Hear the thoughts of three members of ‘The Global Majority’*, Creative Youth Network's staff forum for people of colour. Read more

The power of youth work

Youth work is more important than ever. Head of Bristol Youth Services Kate Gough talks about how we adapted during the Covid-19 crisis and what we need to do for young people now. Read more

South Gloucestershire Youth Partnership - Impact Report

Find out more about young people's achievements in South Gloucestershire and how Creative Youth Network, Southern Brooks, Diversity Trust, Krunch and Wickwar Youth Centre have enabled young people to reach their potential. Read more

Our impact | Jan - March 2020

In the first quarter of 2020 (before lockdown) Creative Youth Network helped 2648 young people reach their potential. Find out more about the achievements of our young people. Read more

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