The HOPE Creative

The HOPE Creative is a free group that is open to children in care aged  7 and over and their community.

It explores singing and creative musical activities in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The sessions run at Filwood on Saturdays and Southmead on Sundays.

One young person who takes part says: "I would give The HOPE Creative 10 out of 10!”

Contact Lu Bristow, Education Programme Assistant on the number below for venue details and further information:

Tel: 0117 204 7126

Address: Bristol Plays Music, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR.

Locations and dates:

The sessions will run at Filwood on Saturday mornings and Southmead on Sunday mornings, both from 10am to to 12:30pm. Here are the dates for the 2017-2018 school year:

Filwood dates Southmead dates
16 September 2017 17 September 2017
7 October 2017 8 October 2017
11 November 2017 12 November  2017
9 December 2017 10 December  2017
13 January 2018 14 January 2018
10 February 2018 11 February 2018
10 March 2018 11 March 2018
14 April 2018 15 April 2018
12 May 2018 13 May 2018
9 June 2018 10 June 2018
14 July 2018 15 July 2018



Children’s University (CU)

  • For 5 to 14 year olds (5 to 6 year olds with their families)

  • It costs £5

  • It runs across the country so you can join in wherever you live

  • You can do exciting learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours

  • You can collect 'stamps' and hours of learning to count towards your own ‘Passport To Learning’

  • There's a fantastic graduation ceremony when you finish

  • Website:

  • Here’s a quote about the CU from a Bristol young person in care: "I loved going to all my clubs to earn points for my passport but my favourite thing was the boat trip and picnic we went on."


National Citizen Service (NCS)

  • For 15 to 17 year olds

  • The usual cost is £50 but young people in care can get a place for £25

  • NCS covers the whole of the UK so you can join in wherever you live

  • You will have exhilarating challenges, a chance to make your mark and build skills for work and life

  • It’s a four week programme in teams of 15 young people; starting with an adventure week away and followed by a skills week and a two week community project

  • NCS takes place in your local community outside of term time, so no matter what your commitments are or what your summer holiday plans might be, just register to get on the next available NCS spot

  • Sign up by the end of April 2018 for Summer 2018

  • Website:

  • One young person from Bristol who took part said: “It’s a great experience and you make loads of new friends!

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