Please donate to help us keep our youth & play sessions running

The Ranch needs your support to help children and young people flourish

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Opening hours at The Ranch during the school term (not holidays)

Term time Play Sessions: For ages 8 – 13

Tuesday – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Wednesday – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Thursday – 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Children under 8 are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult 18+

Term time Youth Sessions: For ages 13+

Wednesday – 6pm – 8pm

Friday – 6pm – 8pm

Southmead Adventure Playground

About The Ranch

We’ve been looking after The Ranch since 2018 when we took on the lease to run it from Bristol City Council.  We now manage the site on behalf of the Southmead Community. The Ranch is a treasure to families of Southmead and we are proud to base our work with children and young people here.

As well as running our after school free play and evening youth sessions, we also work with other organisations for young people; WECIL, Creative Youth Network and National Autistic Society all bring groups to the site.

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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 Ranch (Southmead Adventure Playground).

Our free, open access sessions for ages 8-18 are run by our Youth and Play team, supported by local Volunteers.  Activities include sports, creative workshops, music, outdoor play, indoor play and hanging out.

Working with partners across the City we ensure the voices of young people and children are heard.  We are proud to be part of the Playful Bristol network.

Linking you to what matters

Link Forward

Link Forward is Southmead Development Trust’s social prescribing service for children and young people. We work with young people aged 7 – 12 years who are facing any issues which are impacting on their wellbeing.

Lots of things might affect your wellbeing – for example you might be starting a new school, finding it hard to make friends or you might be struggling with anxiety or feeling low. We will work with you to think about what change you might like to see in your life. Would you like to go to a group or activity where you could meet new friends with similar interests? Do you want some specific support with your mental health? Do you want to find a club that will help you be more active?

Together we will come up with a plan that works for you.

We also work with parents and carers. Sometimes this might be to signpost you to parent support and sometimes it might be linking you to services that can help you with your own wellbeing.

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How BBC DIY SOS transformed The Ranch

We couldn’t believe our luck when in October 2021 the DIY SOS team arrived, with an army of volunteers from near and far, to transform the Southmead Adventure Playground.

They spent 9 days and nights working hard, in all kinds of weather, to create new play and hang out spaces for the children, young people and families in our community.

Watch the photo montage below for a quick overview of what happened.  The programme was broadcast at 8pm on BBC1 on Tuesday 24th May 2022.

If you were a volunteer on the project, HUGE thanks to you.

Youth & Play News

We’re Hiring: Lead Youth Worker, apply by 20th October

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SOS! You’ve seen the show we now need your support!

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Applause for our Volunteers!

   

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Southmead’s Time to Shine – BBC DIY SOS

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Southmead Youth Centre: update on lease 2022

We have agreed to return our lease on Southmead Youth Centre to the Council.  This happened formerly on October 3rd 2022.  In return they have helped pay for the renovation of The Ranch and also promised new community facilities within the new development at Glencoyne Square.

Therefore, our twice weekly evening youth club now happens at The Ranch which, since its renovation, has many fantastic new features for young people such as the Hub lounge, a new sports surface and amazing music studio.

The BBC DIY SOS show was the beginning of another chapter in The Ranch’s long story, and a great lift to our plans to develop the site for all ages with top-class, fully accessible facilities for learning, play, adventure and sports.

We need to keep raising funds to keep Youth and Play services running and one of ways for us to earn income is to open The Ranch to hire for children’s birthday parties.  If you would like to volunteer to help us host parties please do get in touch.

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YOUTH & PLAY FUND

We need your help to keep Youth & Play services open at The Ranch.

Please donate now.

Thank you

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