We are developing plans to restore our Grade II* listed headquarters, thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Bristol City Council, Historic England and many others We need to protect and improve this historic building and create a welcoming place where young people can access training, jobs and housing.

The project will create:

High quality spaces for hire by community groups

A skills kitchen for young people to develop new skills

Nine flats for young people who are ready to live independently and sustain employment and training

High quality meeting spaces for 1625 colleagues

 

But we can’t do it without you. We need to raise vital funds to ensure that we are able to deliver this project. We have raised a portion of the funds, but we still need your support.  There are several areas of the project that need both financial support and skilled pro-bono support.

 

If you are interested in getting involved and would like to find out more about the project, please email Hannah.Camm@1625ip.co.uk. 

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Reimagining Kingsley Hall

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.

Why is it important?

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

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How we’re using our 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 the 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.

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.

What do young people think about the re-developmnent of Kingsley Hall?

‘I didn't actually realize until speaking to 1625, a bit about the history of Kingsley Hall that it was actually used as a meeting place for the suffragettes, like 1625 …. and it's like a safe place for young people to go. Kingsley hall has been that historically and it's still being used for that same thing. I think it's really amazing that we've carried that on throughout history'
‘I love history, it's so important. When I talk about it, it brings me back to what it would be like back then. I don't know how to say but it can change and be a better place. The building [Kingsley Hall] has been there through so many things in history, through generations. All those people, people we don't even know, people that built it, it's crazy.’
‘It's good to be able to share what Bristol was and is now'

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: universities, colleges, council departments, businesses, 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

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to refurbish Kingsley Hall for the benefit of homeless young people and care leavers at a time they are at greatest risk.

Covid-19 has intensified the disadvantages they face, including:

• increased isolation and loneliness

• increased family breakdown, domestic violence, sexual and criminal exploitation

• increased unemployment and job insecurity through casual and temporary contracts.

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.

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 disrupted education. Building trust, putting young people at the centre and walking alongside young people is a vital underpinning requirements if heritage projects are to effectively engage the most disadvantaged young people.

 

Useful Links

Old Market Heritage Trail

Kingsley Hall Wikipedia Page

British Listed Buildings

About Bristol