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.

It all starts with education.

If all young people have access to creative subjects in school, then talented young people from all backgrounds can pursue their passion, develop crucial skills needed in so many industries and improve their wellbeing.

1. Pledge

Add your name and join the many people passionate about bringing creativity back into our schools.   

With all the pledges we’ll be reaching out to headteachers in Bristol and the South West. We hope this will encourage local academies to give more space to creativity in their curriculum.  

Bristol, being the creative city we know and love, can pave the way for other regions to do the same, showcasing the true value of creativity.  



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


Beating the January Blues: Building Blocks for “Backing Yourself” and how Youth Workers can help you get there.

I’d be surprised if I met anyone who has gone through all their life without having a period where they just wanted to hide away from all the action under a fluffy grey blanket. 
First things first and let's not forget it… You. Are. Good. Enough.  Read more

Electric Bikes

A few years ago, I decided that I would start cycling into Kingswood to work, it wasn’t too far, I was reasonably fit, and I didn’t think it would be too much of a problem. However, 2 Mile hill turns in to 4 Mile hill from where I live so I just wasn’t doing it regularly, as it was pretty full on, and I was arriving to work in an exhausted heap! Read more

Bristol-based Creative Youth Network receives £100,000 donation via the Barclays COVID-19 Fund

Creative Youth Network is one of 250 UK charities to receive a £100,000 donation through the Barclays “100x100” program. The Bristol-based organisation was chosen in recognition of the meaningful work the charity has continued to deliver throughout the pandemic. Read more

The Voi Experience: Using an electric scooter for work

I first started using VOI’s in the Summer, intrigued by these new toys that appeared overnight... I set myself up by downloading the VOI App and verifying my identity using my provisional licence. Once I had done that and entered my payment info I was off! Read more

Reflections on 15 years | How it all began

When I first walked into the Kingswood Foundation 15 years ago, we had 4 staff and worked with no young people.  It was a dormant organisation, but the Board knew they wanted to revitalise the Charity and fulfil its purpose to help young people reach their potential.  It was no more specific than that, so I had to make it up as I went along. Read more

Reflections on 15 years | How things have changed

I’m now nearly 50! A long way from being young. But I’ve worked with young people for a generation now, that’s technically 33 years, and as I head towards the end of my time as CEO of Creative Youth Network I wanted to jot down my (Old Man) thoughts on how things have changed. Read more

New Incoming CEO Announcement from Rob Nye, Chair of Creative Youth Network

New Incoming CEO Announcement from Rob Nye, Chair of Creative Youth Network I would also therefore like to congratulate Mark on clearing a challenging process against a very strong candidate list Read more

Reflections on 15 years | Partnership and collaboration

I have always had a clear vision that Creative Youth Network must serve all young people in the city and the region; it should reach into the corners that are often untouched and support the young people who need it most. If we don’t then we are failing those who could benefit so much from the amazing care and support our teams offer. Read more

How we provide an accessible service to young people with disabilities to get back into education, employment or training

We help 16-25 year olds to get back into employment, education or training. In this blog, we share how we provide an accessible, inclusive and flexible service to accommodate young people’s needs. Read more

Together, We Can | Children in Need – Helping young people back into employment, education or training after the pandemic

Today we’ll watch our favourite celebrities take to the screen for Children in Need, with the theme “together we can change young lives”. I wanted to share how at Creative Youth Network we have been working to help disadvantaged young people to gain confidence, develop new skills and get ready to get back into education, employment or training in 2021. Read more