Our Impact 2021

An Introduction 

Welcome to Creative Youth Network’s Impact Report where we take a look back at our work, it’s reach and tangible outputs and outcomes from the past year.  

2021 signalled the country’s second year of living through the pandemic and our second year of providing much needed services to the marginalised and often under-represented young people of Bristol amidst Covid-19. 

     This is a short quote from Mark." 

– Mark Coates

CEO | Creative Youth Network

We know from a multitude of reports that the challenges many of our young people are facing have been further heightened by the pandemic and our staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that we continue to meet their needs by working in new and innovative ways. This includes moving services online where possible, as well as taking extra precautions when delivering services face-to-face including the wearing of face masks, the use of hand sanitisers and desk booking systems etc.  

If Creative Youth Network could sum up our staff and delivery over the past year in one word, then it would be determination. Our charity has met the additional challenges head on, our staff have continued to deliver first-rate services and the young people with whom we work continue to thrive. So, we are pleased to report that we have met, and in some cases exceeded those targets we set for ourselves at the start of the year. This demonstrates the robust nature of our organisation’s services, delivery model as well as the dedication and commitment of our staff to meet the ongoing needs of the young people with whom we work.  

Information and Statistics

Young people engaged in 2021

6,427 in 2020 and 10,000 in 2019 and whilst this sits below pre-pandemic figures, it is returning to caseload figures we experienced before Covid-19 struck. We have found new ways of working and to deliver our services and this is indicative in these findings. It is important to note however, that a reduction in the numbers of young people has been inevitable with the multitude of lockdowns we have faced over the past two years, although we do anticipate an increase in numbers as lockdowns come to an end and we return to a semblance of normality. Also, of note are the numbers of young people who have experienced a growing need and increased levels of poor mental health, isolation, exclusion, substance misuse anti-social behaviour and vulnerability to exploitation have continued to climb. This demonstrates the increasing demand for our services. 

No of young people supported 

Young people reached through exhibitions, showcases and online channels.

Our sub-contractors also created 212 broadcasts reaching 2975 young people.

33% of the Bristol population are under the age of 25.

Young people with thoughts and opinions on a variety of topics including local council services and provision, the economy, climate change, lgbtqia+ matters, inequality, mental health, creative services as well as local gang and knife crime.  

2021 was a busy time for us at Creative Youth Network where we 5 We the 33% events on a variety of topics put forward and led by the young people that we work with day-today. Attending those events as keynote Listeners and Responders were representatives from a variety of industries, including but not limited to: 

The Mayor’s Office, Bristol City Council, Police & Crime Commissioners Office, Educational Academies, Local Energy Companies, Environmental Agencies, Mental Health Providers and the Creative industries. 


Last year we held: 

  • Five we the 33% events - Creative YOU, South Glos Youth Services Conference, Mayoral youth hustings, Social Action and Climate Change (COP26 event) 
  • 170 young people attended our events 
  • Had approx. 300 keynote listeners attended our events 
  • 20 pledges made by keynote Listeners and Responders to engage with young people and help bring about change in their areas of concern 


In 2021 we aimed to reach 150,000 people through social media, website and other communication mediums. In fact, we reached 237,000.


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