There’ll be a new blog post here about once a week, and we’ll keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook. You can expect lots of discussion points and nods to recent goings on you might have missed, as well as the occasional update on our goings-on. We’ve also got other exciting plans in the works for the coming year, which we’re looking forward to sharing in the coming months. That’s what we’re looking forward to, but to kick things off, here’s a look back at who we are and what we did in 2016.
Delivering workshops has always been the foundation of our activities, engaging young people face-to-face in pressing issues they might not have considered before (and sometimes learning a thing or two from people who’ve already thought about it a lot!). 2016 Kept us busy and well-travelled on that front, looping in and around Bristol to chat with:
- Chipping Sodbury School
- Abbeywood Community School
- Balcarras School
- Orchard School
- John Cabot Academy
- Redland Green School
- Off the Record
- The National Citizen Service
- Gender Jelly Youth Group
- Freedom Youth
- Redland Green Again!
- Bristol Free School
Phew. If you’re wondering what that looks like, it’s something like this:
...In fact we went even further than that, but it wouldn’t fit on the map!
We had a lot to talk about, with discussions ranging from porn and consent, to sexism and stereotypes, through lad culture and hyper-masculinity and femininity, and on to sexism in the movies.
Talking of movies, we declared March was awards season as we kicked off the first TIGER Film Awards, the calendar event of the cinema year! You can see our top picks for great, progressive performers and their work on our news page. Look out for more on this year’s awards in a little while.
Not content with our epic Workshop quest, we popped up at even more spots around the city to discuss our work, share ideas, and make some new friends. In February we celebrated the LGBT History festival, meeting lots of great people and hearing interesting talks from Stewart Milk and Travis Alabanza. In summer we struck up a great new Partnership with Off the Record, observing and working with groups they support, including Boys to Men, Zazi, and Gender Jelly. We were very proud to attend June’s Envision Community Apprentice Awards where one of our mentoring workshop attendees won the award for Resilience! At the end of summer we dropped into the fab Ideal Network and spoke about our work to teachers from City Academy and Cotham school. Finally, we visited Bristol’s Neighbourhood Partnerships which led to the big news that Bishopston, Cotham & Redland and Ashley, Easton & Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood Partnerships would be funding us to go even further with our workshops in the coming months! We’re extremely grateful to them; they’re stars!
That was our year, and we’re looking forward to an even bigger adventure in 2017. The Blog is just the start, and we’re hoping 2017 will be the year we reach more of you than ever before. We’re excited to hear from you. What do you think the big issues of 2016 were? What’s going to be important in the year to come? What are your hopes and expectations? Did you meet us on our travels last year? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!
We’ll be back next week - and every week! - until then, we hope you’re having a great new year and we’ll see you soon!