We are applying to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for £3.75 million, to refurbish our head office to create

• great spaces for young people to meet and receive training

• high quality office space for 1625ip colleagues

• social housing for young people

• a skills kitchen

• a social enterprise

There will be lots of opportunities for employment and training for young people and it will provide a 5 year programme of Engagement and Learning activities, with significantly increased staffing capacity. We are in a stage of consultation with young people to find out what they want from the renovation, and we will submit the bid in May.

 

Reimagining Kingsley Hall

The project will bring Kingsley Hall, the charity’s base and a Grade 2* listed building in Bristol’s Old Market conservation area, into sustainable, long term beneficial use as a safe and welcoming place where the city’s most disadvantaged young people can overcome isolation, develop skills and rebuild their lives.

The project uses heritage as a platform to transform young people’s lives by developing their skills, building relationships and enabling young homeless people to develop their sense of identity and belonging. The project will harness young people’s immense empathy, talent and skills to achieve positive change in their lives and the community.

About the space

This space is of huge importance and we are exploring the following topics as part of this project

If you have any historical knowledge of Old Market and Kinglsey Hall…

How we’re using consultations

The project will provide opportunities for young people to share their learning, talents and skills.  As trainers and advisers to heritage organisations wanting to increase participation of young people; as peer educators on heritage in Bristol’s schools; and as “youth guides” offering tours of the building, local conservation area and the city’s heritage sites from their perspective.

Our consultations have highlighted that it’s critical that homeless young people are supported in sensitive and psychologically informed ways as they engage in heritage, recognising many have experienced trauma, disrupted family life and a disrupted education. Building trust, putting young people at the centre and walking alongside young people is a vital underpinning requirement if heritage projects are to effectively engage the most disadvantaged young people.

Young people will participate in every aspect of the project – including design, partnership development, market appraisal, financial appraisal, communications, activity planning, delivery of heritage activities, evaluation and of course training and employment linked to the refurbishment and fit out works. This will include decision making at every level including deciding on what heritage activities are undertaken; overseeing the activities budget with Activities Co-ordinator through the Youth Steering Group and making decisions with us on who we recruit through their participation on the recruitment panels. Young people’s participation will develop their agency, ownership, skills and awareness of their strengths and capabilities.

Upcoming Consulations

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The impact of space on young people that need support

As a safe and welcoming place where the city’s most disadvantaged young people can overcome isolation, develop skills and rebuild their lives. It will be a springboard for young people to improve their lives and will provide opportunities for young people to share their learning, talents and skills.

Building trust, and putting young people at the centre and walking alongside young people is vital to effectively engage the most disadvantaged young people. The project will bring young people into purposeful interaction with businesses, community groups, heritage organisations, universities and colleges, broadening their horizons and strengthening their sense of belonging and identity.

It’s critical that homeless young people are supported in sensitive and psychologically informed ways, many have experienced trauma, disrupted family life and a disrupted education.

Impact on the community

The project brings one of Bristol’s most historic buildings into beneficial use for the city’s most vulnerable young people and the wider community. It is supported by a strong network of local organisations: council departments, businesses, universities, colleges, heritage organisations, youth charities and schools. With their support we will create a thriving place where young people can develop skills, improve their wellbeing, access training and employment and build healthy relationships.

Why the project is critical

Our consultations have highlighted that it’s critical that homeless young people are supported in sensitive and psychologically informed ways as they engage in heritage, recognising many have experienced trauma, disrupted family life and a disrupted education. Building trust, putting young people at the centre and walking alongside young people is a vital underpinning requirement if heritage projects are to effectively engage the most disadvantaged young people.

The project brings one of Bristol’s most historic buildings into beneficial use for the city’s most vulnerable young people and the wider community. It is supported by a strong network of local organisations: council departments, businesses, universities, colleges, heritage organisations, youth charities and schools. With their support we will create a thriving place where young people can develop skills, improve their wellbeing, access training and employment and build healthy relationships.

 

Useful Links

Old Market Heritage Trail

Kingsley Hall Wikipedia Page

British Listed Buildings

About Bristol