Delight for 8-16 year olds as funding secured to launch a youth club in BS3

August 30 2019
Delight for 8-16 year olds as funding  secured to launch a youth club in BS3

Bedminster is to get a new youth club with meetings due to start later this year.

The south Bristol charity BS3 Community has worked with local neighbourhood action group, Way Out West (WOW) to secure a £30,000 grant from Bristol City Council’s Youth Sector Fund to launch a much-needed youth club for BS3.

Although the youth club is still in the process of securing a site, it is expected to start operating from November 2019.

As well as the hard-won funding from BCC, lots of local traders and businesses have come forward enthusiastically to provide equipment such as a basketball net, pool and a table tennis table.

Bedminster Youth Club will run two age specific sessions, one on Monday evenings 6-8pm for 8-11s year olds and one on Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm for 12-16 year olds. The club will be run by a steering group including young people from the area to ensure the club is co-designed and meets their needs and expectations of those using the facility.

Ruth Green, Community Development Manager for the charity (pictured) is delighted at the success the partnership has had so far in getting the project off the ground and is looking forward to making the club a hub for young people in the area.

She said: “There is a huge array of activities for younger children in our area, which is great, but for the 8 years+ age group there is very little to do when they want a bit more independence and want to expand their horizons beyond attending activities with their parents and carers. We want to offer constructive activity within a safe environment that helps young people develop their sense of self and being a part of a community.”

A spokesperson for Way out West’s said: “In partnership with BS3 Community, we have achieved hard-won funds from Bristol City Council to launch a much-need Youth Club for BS3. £30,000 will support the first three years of this exciting project.

“We all recognise that in particular since the regeneration of Southville, activities for younger children are plenty – but for the 9 years+ age group there is very little to do. Watch this space for news – hoping to launch in November. More funds being applied for.”

BS3 Community is a charity that was established in 1990 to serve the community of Greater Bedminster (BS3), an inner-city area of Bristol. It supports approximately 2,000 individuals each week across a variety of services, designed to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.