News - 11th January, 2022

Youth employment support launching in Bristol 

Resurgo is excited to announce the launch of Spear Bristol, our most recent centre and the fourth centre outside London. Spear Bristol’s first programme, launching today, will welcome 15 local young people looking for support to get into work or education.

Spear Bristol is delivered in partnership with Christ Church, Clifton, with the aim of supporting hundreds of young people in Bristol to overcome the challenges they face and be equipped with the skills and mindset they need to thrive in employment.

Like many cities, Bristol is one of disparity. The affluent area of Clifton is located just 20 minutes from Hartcliffe and Withywood, areas which have some of the greatest levels of deprivation in the city. Hartcliffe also has the lowest number of young people going on to Higher Education in the whole of England, at just 8.7% (compared to the national level of 42.2%).*

Izzie Thompson, Spear Bristol’s Centre Manager, is excited to offer hope to young people across the city, in particular those most in need, is already looking forward to celebrating their achievements.

She said, “The Spear Programme equips young people to realise their potential and it is a privilege to be able to witness that change in someone. Being from Bristol myself, I always hoped we could bring Spear to this city, and I am so excited to see that become a reality. I am already looking forward to our first Spear Celebration when we will have the opportunity to celebrate the life changing progress they have made on the programme, knowing there is a bright future ahead for them”. – Izzie Thompson (Bristol Centre Manager)

Spear Bristol’s Chair of Trustees, Sam Wright, said: “Our hope for Spear Bristol is that it will transform young people’s lives. We’re enormously grateful for the support we’ve received from communities and individuals across Bristol to get to this point of launch. And, we are proud to be playing our part in making Bristol a city in which everyone can thrive no matter what barriers they may have faced in the past.”

Spear Bristol is Resurgo’s twelfth Spear centre, and marks our commitment to reach more young people across the country with the support they need to turn their lives around.

*Bristol Key Facts 2021