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



Three contracts have been awarded to Creative Youth Network in the North, East & Central and South Bristol. These contracts will focus mainly on young people who need support to manage a range of social, health, education and skills needs.


At the moment, all youth services providers are in a transition period. This means nothing has changed and all providers are processing referrals as normal. Bristol Youth Links providers continue to accept referrals as usual until the current contract ends on 31st March.

You can still refer a young person who lives in the East and Central Bristol to us by sending us a referral form to [email protected].

We cover the East areas:

  • Eastville
  • Frome Vale
  • St George Central
  • St George Troopers Hill
  • St George West 

And West areas:

  • Central
  • Clifton Down
  • Hotwells 
  • Harbourside

We are also still delivering open access sessions at Hillfields Youth Centre and at The Station, as normal.  

From 1st June, we will be taking on referrals for the North, South and East-Central Bristol and will deliver some open access sessions across all areas. 

Bristol's new youth services     

In the new youth services work, we will help young people aged 11-19 through one to one advice and guidance, group work and open access sessions. 

We will focus on helping Bristol's disadvantaged young people. We will continue to support young people with specific needs, such as: 

  • drugs and alcohol issues 
  • sexual health 
  • mental health 
  • housing 
  • young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • young people from the city's priority areas  

Open access sessions and small group work will be available across the three Bristol areas, including creative sessions and sports. However, this will be reduced compared to the current provision offered.

The service is designed to respond to emerging needs and focus resources accordingly, as such some of the staff resource is flexible in activity and location. 

As we determine the structure of this delivery, we'll update our website, including our one to one advice and guidance and our youth club sessions. If you'd like to keep up to date with changes, you can sign up to our newsletter.

Working in partnership

Creative Youth Network will work with local community groups and other area providers to deliver this contract. Our partners are:

Get in touch

Are you a young person, parent, carer, teacher or social worker? Do you have a question about Bristol's new youth services? Get in touch with us on [email protected] or 0117 947 7948 - we'd love to hear from you. 

How can we help?