Project information

OTR Bristol Hubs

OTR’s Hubs are a safe and relaxed space for young people to simply drop into for a chat; no appointments needed. These sessions run every week throughout the year and offer a range of different workshops and groups throughout the week. It's the starting point to engage with all our current services

We wish to make them a sustainable part of our ongoing support

Charity information: Off the Record (Bristol)

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  • Need


    In the current economical and funding climate access to mental health support for young people is limited and often requires long waiting time.
    Young people's voices are often ignored in the process of seeking help, diagnosis and the actual support - we believe that young people are not broken and need to be empowered to actively engage in the own mental health support.


    Our Hubs are the best place to find out more about what we do, particularly if Young People are not sure where to start. We believe that no person should be turn down in need and so we are devleoping a model in which we can provide a wide range of services to engage young people in constuctive activities and support. OTR Hubs are the crucial starting point of their journey with us.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To be the best place to find out more about OTR Bristol support for young people


    » Peer Navigators support for newcomers
    » Trained professionals in the Hubs
    » Guests and OTR Bristol staff in the Hubs

    What success will look like

    We will ensure that not a single person is left without a suitable support, information and next steps to engage with our services.

  • Impact


    For people engaging with Hubs we hope to be able to showcase the journey of their engagement with us and its benefits afterwards. Each service has its own measurements so we might do so by measuring results of counselling, action taken in our activities, participation or simply case studies.
    For young people in the area - we hope to increase our reach towards those who might not know about us by educating Hub attendees and developping peer-to-peer advocacy - volume of new participants.


    Financial sustainability of the Hubs project is always unknown but we are doing our best to secure it through major funding in advance. We invest more time in community fundraising and specific campaigns like this one as well.


    We do our best to collect our data internally on a monthly basis, so that we can present our impact in any format required by our donors - at least in annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Food Food and drink for hubs
      £5,000 Hub activities Arts & crafts, games, books and other equipment
      £3,000 Volunteers Volunteer expenses and training
      £2,000 Crisis support Crisis one-to-one sessions during hubs
      £2,000 Resources Leaflets, self-care booklets, other support materials
      £1,000 Guests Special workshops & speakers
      £1,000 Celebrations Special days, holidays
      £1,000 Space hire Venue hire costs
  • Background


    Bristol and south Gloucestershire


    Young people age 11-25 in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have over 50 years of experience in supporting young people's mental health. We are one of the oldest services of this kind in the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laura Brain

    Team Leader (Engagement and Participation) at OTR Bristol - responsible for management of the Hubs