We support children and young people to flourish
We work alongside families in our community
What we do
We believe that providing safe spaces for children and young people to flourish is essential to a vibrant and energetic community. We manage the Southmead Youth Centre and the Southmead Adventure Playground, known as ‘The Ranch’.
We provide free, open access youth and play sessions for ages 8-18. These sessions are for anyone to attend. They’re run by our youth and play teams with some great volunteers. Sessions include playing sports, creative sessions, chatting with friends or getting involved in a fun activity.
We work with partners across the city to ensure that the voices of young people and children are always heard, we are proud to be part of the Playful Bristol Network, more about the work we do as a consortium of play organisations can be found here www.playfulbristol.org
We’re a subcontractor of Creative Youth Network who provide Bristol City Council’s youth work service and meet regularly with other youth work providers to learn and share ideas.Get in touch >
Southmead Youth Centre
We’ve been looking after the Youth Centre since 2015. Southmead Youth Centre is one of the oldest in the country and we’re proud to have been part of saving it from closure! The Youth Centre is where we do most of our work with young people aged 11-18. Our open access sessions are a mix of time to chill with your friends, creative activities, sports and cooking. We also host a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club and Bristol Combat Gym who runs daily sessions from the centre.
Southmead Adventure Playground
We’ve been looking after the Southmead Adventure Playground since April 2019. When the space was threatened with closure we were able to step in and take it on, meaning that we now manage the site on behalf of the Southmead Community. The Ranch is a treasure to the families of Southmead and we are proud to base our work with 0-11s there!
Alongside the three play sessions a week run by our team, we also work with other groups, WECIL, Creative Youth Network and National Autistic Society who all use the site regularly for their work with children and young people.
Frequently Asked Youth & Play Questions
Can I rent the Youth Centre or Adventure Playground?
Yes, one of the ways we fund our charitable work is by hiring the spaces for parties and other events, if you are interested in finding out more about this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0117 950 3335.
Can I hold my community group or services at the Youth Centre or Adventure Playground?
Yes! If you are involved in a community group in Southmead and would like to talk about using the spaces please get in touch to talk about your ideas, please email email@example.com or call us on 0117 950 3335.
I’d like to volunteer, what do I need to do?
Looking after our sites and providing top quality sessions for our community of children and young people takes a whole team of wonderful staff and volunteers! If you would like to get involved in helping us there a number of different things you can do.
Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to have an initial chat about what might be best for you.