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Bristol City Council currently spends £4.2 million a year on open access youth and play services, targeted group, 1:1 and online services.

There are currently seven geographical area based contracts and two citywide contracts aimed at children and young people aged 8 to 19 years. This is up to 25 years for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.  Specialist services include:

  •     counselling
  •     drug and alcohol
  •     healthy relationships
  •     preventing homelessness
  •     LGBTQ+ young people
  •     deaf young people

The current Bristol Youth Links contracts will finish in 2018 and the process for recommissioning has started.   The timetable upto 2018 is:

  •     September 2016: pre-consultation engagement
  •     January to March 2017: consultation
  •     May 2017: advertise tender
  •     July 2017: evaluate tenders    
  •     August 2017: award contract    
  •     August 2017 to February 2018: implement contract    

A project board has been set up to oversee the recommissioning process.  Tender details for Bristol Youth Links will be published through the ProContract portal and providers should register to be informed of future funding opportunities.

An event was held on 14 September 2016, jointly facilitated by Voscur and Bristol City Council, to hear ideas from VCSE youth sector providers in the city for a different approach from 2018. 
No decision has been made on what the level of future spend might be, nor has the model of delivery been decided upon.  However, in the Corporate Strategy, which is currently open for consultation, there is a proposed reduction in funding, 

Notes from the meeting are published on Voscur’s website: http://www.voiceandinfluence.org.uk/cyp_meetings.   .

For more information on the Bristol Youth Links recommissioning process, click here.