Youth Project

Empowering young people to broaden their horizons with bikes

Too many promising young people are missing out

In Bristol, one-third of children now live in poverty. In Bristol’s 10% most deprived wards, there are fewer positive after-school activities and high levels of young people ‘not in education, employment or training'. Kids in these areas are disproportionately affected by poor health, setting them up for conditions that persist into adulthood.

How our Youth Project works

We provide open-access bike activity sessions at adventure playgrounds in Bristol neighbourhoods with high deprivation. Young people typically aged five to 15 can join us every week to learn new skills, get active and have fun together.

Many young people we work with experience chaotic family environments affected by violence, unsupported mental illness or substance misuse. Some are referred to us on Care Plans. Others attend Pupil Referral Units. Many struggle to listen, follow instructions or build positive relationships.

We give young people the freedom to try what appeals to them, from basic bike maintenance to cycling games, bike decoration and cycle skills. Our friendly staff and volunteers also support the development of soft skills like teamwork, dealing with conflict and managing emotions.

Our partners

To help us meet young people where they are, we work with four wonderful, community adventure playgrounds and projects: The Vench in Lockleaze, The Ranch in Southmead, Felix Road Adventure Playground and BS14 Youth Club.

The difference we make

Our activities help young people to:

  • Get physically active
  • Build skills and confidence
  • Broaden their horizons

Our impact last year

Youth Project

588 children

got active on bikes

12 children

received a bike from us

36 afterschool clubs

broadened horizons


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“I love cycling and my new bike! I’m now able to cycle to my auntie’s house and help her with the shopping”

Hayleigh (name changed)
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"It helped me boost my confidence cos I never thought about taking on BMX riding"

Mia (name changed)
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“I know how to fix my brakes! I even showed my Dad how to do it and he was surprised"

Nish (name changed)

Case study

Youth Project

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Our funders

We couldn't do this without the incredible support of our funders.

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