Can anything give teenagers living on our most deprived estates a fair chance of a good life? Good hearted people who want to help often ask us what’s the best way to give support whilst pessimists tell us the problems of drugs, crime and poverty are endemic and cannot be changed. Our work over decades shows that the optimists win this argument. For one of our new series of short films we interviewed Alistair Dale who runs Youth Moves which works with young people in South Bristol. It’s not easy work but his team are dedicated to changing as many young lives as they can.
They look at the strengths each youngster has and build on those, so if someone lives in a home with adults whose lives are chaotic and difficult that’s not the focus – instead the focus will be on the sport that the young person is good at, their interest in helping adults with dementia or their dreams for the future. At the Tuesday night youth club we attended we saw how knowledgeable and engaged the young people were in a session exploring local history. They debated what caused the First World War, with excellent recall of the facts too, and talked about how the war had affected local people.
It takes around £500,000 a year to run Youth Moves and Quartet regularly supports them. We’ve given grants worth more than £110,000 to support them over the past 10 years. Staggeringly only 2% of their funding comes from donations so it’s vital that Quartet continues to channel philanthropic funding to this group that most don’t know exists.
For as long as their work is changing local lives we’ll be here to help and encourage Youth Moves. If you want to help them and organisations like them, just let us know.