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.

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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.

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Southmead Adventure Playground

The Ranch

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.

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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 film below for a quick overview of what happened and see the full story when it goes out on BBC1 in the spring.

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

Youth & Play News

Deadline Extended: Children and Young People’s Social Prescribing Link Worker

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Link Forward Celebrate New Funding

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Celebration for the Wild Words Audio Trail

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Easter at The Ranch

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