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


So far this year (to the end of June), Creative Youth Network has worked with 3062 young people. Despite lockdown we are still continuing to reach those who are most vulnerable – our most important job  - and we know that over 70% of the young people we support are accessing free school meals, have a disability, are in or leaving care or have other barriers to their progress. 

That is what we are here for. And every quarter we measure our success in stats. The stories behind the stats are all available – you can read them in our blogs and social media posts – stories of changed lives and opportunities taken by the amazing young people in our region. 

But, it is important too that we rely not just on anecdotes, but that these stories can be backed up with numbers.  We like to make sure we are having an impact on as many lives as we can.

So, whilst the 3062 young people is a good number, it is not as high as our pre pandemic reach. This is largely because we have had to close our youth clubs and can only meet young people one to one or in small groups. This shows the power of youth clubs in reaching out to many more young people – we would have expected to have reached nearly 5000 by the half year point. 

We know too that our youth clubs allow us to meet with young people more often and for a longer period. Our attendance rate is 72% of our target (that’s the number of times an individual accesses our services). We aim for an average of 12 weeks but open access clubs allow us to keep in touch with young people for, in some cases, years. We want to walk the long journey with them but the pandemic has restricted that.

Trusting relationships are at the heart of our impact

However, despite the restrictions of the pandemic we know young people trust our staff. Each quarter we pick a random sample of young people who are interviewed independently by a university or consultant. I am pleased to say that over 95% feel their relationship with a staff member is good or excellent.  These relationships are at the heart of our support for young people – helping us to understand the issues they face and get them the support and help they need.

We know too this has an impact on young people. We have measured over 7000 improvements in young peoples confidence, knowledge and skills, understanding of their rights and choices, improved family and peer relationships and many others. These are the qualities and skills young people need to build their resilience and we are well ahead of our target here.

We know too their stories and views have reached over 93,000 people in the region. From events to social media posts we aim to amplify young peoples experiences to help us all make better decisions and understand their needs.

Finally, we know we have supported nearly 1800 young people to get work, get into college or stay in school. An impact we know will make their lives better and help them to reach their potential.

The pandemic has thrown everything up into the air and whilst it has stopped us reaching as many young people, we know we are reaching those who need us most and our work is having a real impact on their lives. 

How can we help?