I am proud to be a Trustee at Creative Youth Network, a charity based in my home town of Bristol offering support to young people. It deals with some very pertinent issues around the power of creativity and opportunities in the creative industries.
Creative Youth Network activities improve communication skills, confidence, practical abilities and the means to organise and plan. It seeks to unlock potential, find new talent, provide opportunities to engage in the arts and allows young people to find new friends. The support includes giving disadvantaged young people access to industry contacts and helping them build a portfolio of work - which is an incredibly difficult thing to do when you are also dealing with poverty, housing issues or have daily responsibilities as a carer. Creative Youth Network facilities include drama, dance and music studios, film making and photography equipment, exhibition spaces and access to technical sound and lighting rigs.