Thank you

Each year you help us support over 3,000 young people on their journey to reach their potential and live a fulfilling life. 

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Young people are the key to our successful future. Unfortunately, in following only conventional routes, we fail to unlock the potential of a significant number of them.

John Savage CBE, Business West

In 2016, your support has helped us work with 3437 young people – an increase of 11% from 2015. Many of these young people are marginalised: Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ), unemployed, not in education, suffering poor mental health, are in care (or are care leavers), are asylum seekers, refugees, or are disabled.

What your support means to us

£500 enables us to buy essential art materials for our Creative courses

£1,000 enables us to offer support for a year to a young person currently not in education, employment or training

£2,500 enables us to host a showcase event organised by young people 

£5,000 enables us to deliver a year-long Creative course, including one-to-one relationship-building with a youth worker  

£10,000 enables us to run one of our 11-week vocational Careers courses for NEET young people (of which 79% of attendees go into education, employment or training within six months) 

£25,000 enables us to hold our bi-annual show, which is written, produced and performed by young people 

£50,000 enables us to deliver our school outreach programme for a year, supporting young people at risk of disengaging from school

£100,000 enables us to run our Creative courses for 13-19 year olds for three years


Our work with young people - Karen's story

Karen (not her real name) was referred to us by a team of social workers as she was struggling with her life. She was engaging in risky sexual behaviour. We started working on a plan or her one to one work and Karen also started attending group sessions in our Hillfields Youth Centre. 

I'm so much happier with my life and having a one to one worker. She's helped to be confident and to make new friends. 

Our work in the arts - Keegan's story 

Keegan has volunteered in our music events, he attended one of our arts courses and recently starred in Cinderella. 

Cinderella has given me a good idea of the work that goes into producing a show. I've had to creatively approach a dynamic character and practice acting in a helpful environment.

Our work helping young people into education, employment or training - Emily's story

Emily (not her real name) was at a difficult time in her life when she was referred to us. She comes from a third generation unemployed family, she has experienced abuse, has a criminal record and at the time was in a very unhealthy relationship. She was in danger of becoming homeless any day. 

When Emily started to be in a position where she could seek employment, we went on a journey together: setting achievable career goals, helping with her CV through weekly job coaching sessions and supporting her with writing job applications. 

After getting excellent references from work experience, Emily secured a job in customer service. Six months later Emily is now still in employment, and continues to use our services in the form of in-work support.

My life starts today. Thank you so much, Creative Youth Network

How our funds are spent

We want to be open and transparent with our costs. We know it’s important to anyone who supports us.

In 2016 we raised £1,908,392:

• £821,175 from hiring out our spaces
• £620,165 from contracts with
local authorities
• £433,761 from grants and donations
from our supporters
• £33,291 from bank interest
and VAT repayment

In 2016 we spent £1,867,361

• £1,068,664 spent on services
for young people
• £42,136 spent on fundraising
and publicity
• £382,109 on support costs. This
includes costs that we incur as a
charity that are necessary to make
us compliant with the law, such as
our governance and finance and
HR departments.
• £17,770 on governance
• £356,682 on maintaining
Income our buildings

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