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


We wanted to update you all on our planning and response to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) spread.

Following government, NHS and Public Health England advice, we are taking action to protect our communities, the young people we work with and their families. We are particularly mindful of vulnerable people we as youth workers come in contact with, the numerous community groups which gather in our buildings and the need to be supportive, calm and proactive in this crisis situation.

Following government advice, all of our buildings and face-to-face services are now closed. We are quickly organising digital alternatives for young people to talk online with youth workers and get the advice and support they need in this difficult time.

Over the last week, we have been in constant communication over the phone, through text and social media with over 700 young people who we are currently working with, making sure they have information, advice and support. We continue to take on referrals, getting in touch with young people remotely.

We’re quickly changing the way we work with young people, including organising creative sessions online, activities which groups can take part in remotely and digital exhibitions to enjoy from home.

We are working closely with Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and our numerous trust and grant funders to ensure the most vulnerable young people are supported throughout this crisis.     

We have also cancelled all room and venue hires to avoid mass gatherings in our buildings. The Station and the Kingswood Estate are now closed.

We have reached out to all of our tenants and regular venue hire customers to ensure all are fully aware of the situation, including latest advice, and to discuss any financial or other difficulties this situation may have created.

We are updating our website at the moment with detailed information about each service and communicating directly to those affected by changes.

This is a rapidly changing situation. If there are any changes, we'll keep you updated through our website and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Updated on 24/03/2020

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