Many young people growing up in Hartcliffe and Withywood, two estates on the southern edge of Bristol, face deprivation as they’re brought up in families struggling with disadvantages. The area around Morrison’s in Hartcliffe has suffered ongoing issues of anti-social behaviour involving young people.
That’s why Quartet Community Foundation awarded Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP) a grant of £59,987 for the Hareclive Place Based Social Action Transition Programme, to help children make the move from primary to secondary school.
Most of the funding will be used for two workers to coordinate youth and sports activities and work with 24 targeted young people in the first year of the programme.
What do the young people think of the project?
Q. Where would you be if you weren’t here?
Kye/Ashton in unison – “Police station!”
Ashton – “If this wasn’t here we’d just be round Morrison’s, we need more things like this really”
Kye – “We just get complained about by people, they just say we’re little sh*ts and stuff like that. So then Steffan set this up and it’s keeping us out of trouble!”
Q. What makes you come along to this though, anyone can set something up but why do you come to this?
Jordan – “ Cause we know Stef” (Stef Probert, HWCP’s Community Development Officer)
Jayden – “We all like football, but can’t play anywhere, it’s something to do”
Kye – “I like football, my mates like football so we decided to come along, we know Stef too so he told us to come along…….and he knows us. He knows what we feel like”
Ashton – “Keeps us out of trouble, if we didn’t come here we’d just be sat outside Morrison’s. We’ve got nothing to do!”
Jayden – “There’s nothing to do, there used to be youth clubs but they’ve took them all down – I don’t know why.”
Jordan – “There ain’t really anything to do really that’s why we start on each other cause we’re bored! At least if we’re here we’re not getting in trouble”
Jayden – “Yea and we ain’t on facebook!”
· Some names have been changed.
• HWCP is a community partnership and was established in the late 1990s to support local regeneration work. HWCP is working with the local primary school and South Bristol Youth to deliver this programme. This Partnership will also be drawing in the expertise of several other relevant local organisations, e.g. Room 13, Access Sport, LPW, Wesport.
• The programme is developing and co-ordinating a set of community-led youth service activities that aim to raise the aspirations of young people and tackle anti-social behaviour.
• Learning from models around the country (particularly in West London and ‘Relationships Matter’ in Hartlepool), the programme involves supporting families, targeted work with specific young people identified as being at risk, and volunteer-led youth activities to test and learn how this can have a beneficial impact on attendance, confidence and attainment at secondary school.
• The grant has also been used as match funding for £70,000 per year over three years from the Big Lottery and DCMS Place Based Social Action Programme, which the Hartcliffe area was successful in securing – in part due to the confidence shown by other funders such as Mohn Westlake Foundation.