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


Our impact in 2021 (Jan - June)

In the first half of 2021, we've worked with 3062 young people, helping them reach their potential. Find out more about our stats and the impact we've had in their lives. Read more

Announcement | Sandy Hore-Ruthven is stepping down as CEO of Creative Youth Network

Creative Youth Network today announces that our CEO, Sandy Hore-Ruthven, will be leaving his role at the end of the year. Over the course of his 15 year tenure Sandy has been a transformational leader, with his vision being key to Creative Youth Network's growth from a local organisation in East Bristol to the leading youth charity in the region. Read more

Bristol’s voluntary and community sector youth work strategy

18 youth organisations from across Bristol have been working together to create a strategy for the future of youth work in our city. Read more

Refugees are welcome here – Building Community & support for young refugees and asylum seekers

We support young Afghan refugees to make a life here. Many are devastated by what they are seeing happen in their country, to their friends and families. Our thoughts are with them all and we will continue to welcome all those who seek refuge in our city. Read more

Safe Space | A Community Inclusion Group

Safe Space is a community group for Sovereign Housing residents to connect with each other and take part in fun activities. It is an inclusive space for all, including those with physical and mental health disabilities, those with young children, those caring for relatives or friends, those of LGBTQ+, those of BAME, those of any background of any age. Read more

West of England Mayor meets young people leading on the redevelopment of innovative creative enterprise hub

Talking to young people about their vision for the building, Dan Norris heard of aspirations for a creative hub where young people from all backgrounds can fully explore their creative potential and find meaningful work. Read more

New consortium awarded £1.18 million to transform the future of visual arts in Bristol and the West of England

Creative Youth Network is thrilled to be part of the West of England Visual Arts Alliance, a new consortium partnership which has been awarded £1.18 million by Arts Council England to transform the future of visual arts in Bristol and the West of England. Read more

Supporting LGBT+ young people | Beyond Pride Month

This Pride month we're going back to basics: talking about what celebrating Pride means to us, how important it is to young people and how we need to go beyond just rainbow washing and ensure support is in place. Read more

What affects resilience in young people in Bristol?

A ground-breaking research project looking at the issue of youth resilience has been published today. Targeted Youth Workers and young people they support were interviewed by undergraduate student researchers from The University of Bristol in order to answer the question: What affects youth resilience? Read more