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.

The Station is our centrally located creative hub based in the heart of Bristol city centre. In 2021 it was host to over 1,300 young people who came through its doors to either access some of Creative Youth Network’s activities or to visit one of our tenant organisations.

Current tenants include Brook Advisory Clinic, Boom Satsuma and Laser Tag to name a few. Learn more about those in the next section ‘Creating Spaces for our Partners & Tenants’.

Of those young people coming through our doors: 

  • 77% said they felt a sense of achievement from engaging in activities we put on ourselves 
  • 69% said they felt they were able to access the person or support they required when they visited 
  • 91% said they trusted the adult assigned to them 
  • 91% said they enjoyed their time at Creative Youth Network 
  • 66% said they felt both safe and accepted at Creative Youth Network 
  • 71% said they felt they could be themselves whilst at Creative Youth Network 


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We are also very excited about our new Courts project. Recently we acquired the Old Bristol Magistrates Court and 2022 heralds the start of our building and renovation phase of the project.  

With three converted courtrooms, offices, and other working spaces and meeting rooms, The Courts will be an inclusive enterprise hub for new creative voices, new attitudes, new ideas. Young people will be supported by Creative Youth Network staff and tenants of The Courts – creative professionals and enterprises whose tenancy conditions will oblige mentoring, work placements and internships. Each year, The Courts will deliver:  

  • Skills training opportunities for 500 16-25 year old emerging young creatives from disadvantaged backgrounds in Bristol and the surrounding region  
  • Supported enterprise spaces for up to 50 young people setting up their own businesses  
  • Paid internship opportunities for 30 young people   
  • Pathways into the creative sector for young talent  
  • New space for 110 workers from creative industry businesses  

More About the Courts

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