Over the Easter school holidays the team at Youth Moves were able to offer some amazing activities for young people.

What has been a traditional stalwart of our service has been stunted somewhat over lockdown, so it was great to be able to offer this once more.

As lockdown easing occurred we took part in a far wider variety of activities than we have been able to for several months.

Mountain biking at Ashton Court in Easter Holidays 2021

Young people from all across South Bristol, from Hartcliffe to Knowle West to Withywood, across our junior, inters, and seniors groups all attended our Easter holiday programme. Having only just returned to school for many, holiday times have been a bit scarce of late, so to be able to do this was truly great for young people, and staff.

Senior Youth Worker Jim said: 'Lots of young people have been stuck behind screens for a long time, and limited in where they can go and what they can do, so to be able to get out and about all around our area and beyond is really good for them. We could tell some were tentative at first, as not used to this freedom. but after a while they settled into it well.'

Some days we were close to home at the Roundhouse, which sits on an allotment green urban space in Knowle West, and others we ventured as far afield as Barton Camp in Winscombe. Jim continued: 'Its been a tough year for young people, so over Easter it was so nice to see them connecting with their friends again. Some who maybe go to different schools, and haven't even seen each other for some time.'

Canoeing at Bristol Harbour

Activities such as graffiti, treasure hunts, and media interviewing workshops took place at the Roundhouse, and with other facilities opening up we were even able to do canoeing, mountain biking, long forest walks and BBQs. Jim explained: 'They all got involved, and what was really great was being able to go to Barton Camp, and do lots of team building games there again. Something that has had to be cancelled before. But also heading to Ashton Court on our bikes on lovely sunny days, stopping for a picnic, and taking a wander.'

To get the ocean again was a first for a long time, 'One of the real highlights was heading to the sea again at Brean Down, with our youth opinions group, ' Jim said, 'They loved that, and for all of us the first time we had seen it for absolute ages. Things like this are so good for their sense of wellbeing.'

Young people at Brean Down, the first time being close to the sea for quite some time

Whilst it's still early days, and of course we need to stay safe and be cautious, here's hoping for more easing and opportunities for young people. Roll on May half term!