Join Creative Youth Network, Krunch South West, Wickwar Youth Centre, Diversity Trust and Southern Brooks for a youth work symposium focused on the learning of the Lottery funded South Gloucestershire Youth Partnership. We will celebrate our success empowering young people to reach their potential through high quality open access youth services, partnership work, improved training and skill sharing.  

Thursday 25th March, 3-4:30pm on Zoom




The South Gloucestershire Youth Parnership has worked for the last five years protecting and improving youth services in the area. We have responded to young people's needs in innovative ways, adapted to new challenges and developed a model which has improved the lives of young people. 

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the partnership worked with over 3,000 young people in the last 3 years and focused on strengthening the sector through skill sharing, resource sharing, youth work training and bringing young people together from all across the region through yearly shared events. 

In this symposium, we will cover:

  • our story to date 
  • our learnings from working in partnership 
  • what the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us 
  • our aims for the future

About the partners

Creative Youth Network provides youth services for Bristol City and South Gloucestershire Councils. We reach and safeguard young people with complex needs and diverse backgrounds, including those living in poverty, with special educational needs, young people in care, care leavers, those who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), refugees and asylum seekers, LGBTQ+ and BAME young people. CYN services are both universal and targeted. We fuse youth work and creativity to support hundreds of young people each year into employment, education or training.

Southern Brooks Community Partnerships is a community development organisation that brings people together to build strong communities. Since 1988, they have been working with people of all ages to help them live happy, healthy lives. Southern Brooks has over 25 years' experience in youth work and offers a range of Youth Work courses accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN) awarding body.

The Diversity Trust is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that works across the UK and internationally to advance equality, diversity and inclusion. In South Gloucestershire they run Alphabets LGBTQ youth project, the LGBT+ Equality Network and an LGBT+ adult wellbeing project.

Krunch South West has been working in Thornbury for seven years, supported by Thornbury Town Council and in partnership with many other local organisations. They work inclusively with young people and provides a positive place for young people to socialise, access opportunities and find support in a safe and non-threatening environment.

Wickwar Youth Centre has been running for over 30 years, with the village taking over running the centre in 2013 when it risked closure due to local authority cuts. Now with charitable status, the organisation works closely with the parish council to serve the needs of their rural community.

We will also share how the Lottery funded partnership has enabled us to expand to work in partnership with other local youth providers LPW, Bradley Stoke Town Council, Bitton Parish Council, YOUF Foundation and FACE.



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