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Project information

Youth Bus For Young Bristol

We politely request support towards the purchase of a new mobile Youth Bus. This will deliver services to young people in need across a wider area including rural locations and areas in the city where there is no current youth provision.

January 2019 - January 2022

Charity information: Young Bristol

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  • Need


    The child population in Bristol is growing rapidly, approximately 3 times faster than the national average. However youth services in Bristol are being cut by 30%. These cuts and a lack of activities will have a direct negative impact on Bristol’s children and young people.

    Sadly, poverty remains the leading predictor of poor life outcomes. Bristol has the highest levels of child poverty in the South West, with 27.8 per cent of children in Bristol from disadvantaged backgrounds. (IOD)


    Working closely with community groups, parish councils, police and local people the Youth Bus will deliver activities for and with local young people over a set number of days per week for an agreed number of months including:

    • Social, creative, multi-media, sporting, indoor and outdoor projects and activities.
    • Job and homework guidance and support
    • Provision of healthy food plus tips in food preparation, as part of the ‘Feeding Bristol’ initiative
    • A safe place to talk

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The Youth Bus will enable us to help an extra 500 young people every year, 25% more than we do.


    » Purchase and fit out a suitable vehicle
    » • Work with police, local authorities, parish councils and partner charities to agree priority locations and times, gain consent and conduct RAs.

    What success will look like

    We will measure impact by tracking data on young people throughout the weeks. We will use questionnaires, observations, case studies and photos.

    Aim 2

    2 new paid posts and 8 new volunteer/training roles will be made available for young people


    » Advertise and recruit for new posts.

    What success will look like

    We will have successfully recruited young people to the paid posts and volunteer/training roles.

    Aim 3

    5 local neighbourhoods served per quarter.


    » Advertise through schools, social media, community notice boards and local networks
    » Monitor attendance, activity engagements and capture data from young people

    What success will look like

    We will be able to demonstrate which neighbourhoods we are active in using data captured on our Views database system.

    Aim 4

    We will also attend community, school and sports events plus inter-generational activities.


    » Build on existing partnerships with events like Bristol Harbour Festival and Bristol Balloon Fiesta

    What success will look like

    Number of events attended throughout the year and number of intergenerational activities undertaken.

    Aim 5

    • Provide a sustainable solution.


    » The pioneer nature of the Youth Bus means we can trial services and develop partnerships in areas without high overheads.
    » Once demand and outcomes for young people have been successfully proven, the evidence will help with planning and funding longer-term provision.
    » To ensure long term financial sustainability, the Youth Bus will generate income from contract usage and sessional hire

    What success will look like

    Financially the bus will become self- sustaining- breaking even after 3 years.

  • Impact


    The bus will provide a sustainable solution that will serve communities of Bristol and surrounding areas for years to come.
    Once demand and outcomes for young people have been successfully proven, the evidence will help with planning and funding longer-term provision.


    A significant risk is that we do not secure sufficient funding for the project. However to date Young Bristol have submitted funding applications totalling over £200,000 with decisions pending and many others in the pipeline.


    We will report on an annual basis. This will include numbers of young people involved in the local projects and how they have benefited.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Sports equipment Sports equipment to be used in running the projects and activities
      £2,500 Creative equipment Creative equipment to be used during the projects and activities
      £5,000 Awning An awning to be attached to the Youth Bus to ensure that it can be used in all weathers.
  • Background


    Young Bristol already supports clubs in 14 areas in the 10% most deprived nationally and 23 areas out of the 50 most deprived in Bristol. We would target new project in areas identified as scoring highly in deprivation indices.


    The ultimate beneficiaries of the project with be young people aged 8 - 19 who live in the most deprived areas of the city. Bristol is a city of great contrasts with areas of abundant wealth (predominantly in the North and West of the city) and areas of extreme poverty (predominantly in the South and East of the city). Bristol's education system is well know for performing poorly with the city falling to the bottom of the performance tables for primary schools and also based on GCSE results.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Young Bristol has been supporting local youth projects in and around Bristol since 1928. The work of the charity has grown out of a grass roots movement of volunteer led youth clubs based in local communities, working to provide positive activities and development opportunities for young people. We currently work with over 9,000 young people (aged 8-24) each year across our programmes (Youth Clubs, Outdoor Activities and Youth Volunteering).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Youth Bus Support Manager

    Overseeing our work with local youth projects, making initial contact, working with management committees to develop partnerships and develop services

    Local Youth Project Management Committees

    To engage with us so that we can support them. Being open to new ways of working, partnerships and being challenged as well as encouraged.

    Youth Bus Programme Development Worker

    To drive, develop partnerships and deliver services. Oversee face to face delivery of work with young people, and development of activity programme