Curbing anti-social behaviour with creativity
The social services in Bristol are suffering due to austerity cuts. Families who have previously had substantial social support are now relying on the community and school for counselling and academic support. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday there has been a place for young people to come for a fun, engaging activity that boosts their self-esteem and empowers them to be responsible citizens within their community. To teach young people how to think creatively we in turn support the community by having them think creatively about the world around them, hopefully curbing anti-social behaviour that is so prevalent in young people with severe trauma and poverty. We are proud to report the families and members of the community from all different diverse backgrounds and demographics attend the performances of Invisible Youth. A lot of the audience members had not been to the playground before and were overjoyed to observe the young people in their own playful environment. The inspiration these young people have injected into the wider community is not to be underestimated. A number of young people who were not a part of this project were blown away by the discipline and determination it took to devise and perform performances for the public.
Find out more about Invisible Youth by exploring the City Centre Route on Bristol Giving Day – the Bridges Challenge.