Community Asset Transfer (CAT): Bristol Youth Links

How community organisations can apply for a lease of youth facilities in Bristol and the places that are available.

Voluntary, community and third sector groups can take on the management of youth facilities on a lease, under our Community Asset Transfer Policy (pdf, 602k) (opens new window) .  

Leasing to community groups allows the 13 youth and play facilities that are running Bristol Youth Links services to be used more efficiently.

Lease requirements

If you want to apply for a lease you must demonstrate that the facilities will be:

  • prioritised to benefit children and local young people
  • available to community organisations

Collaboration between interested parties is encouraged.

Panel assessments at both the expression of interest and business plan stages include representatives from the appropriate Neighbourhood Partnership and young people.

Leases have a Service Agreement that will secure the long term benefits of the Community Asset Transfer. This will set out agreed:

  • minimum standards
  • opening hours
  • activities

It will also set out how these points will be measured and monitored.

Available youth and play facilities

New tenants are needed to manage these building to deliver community-based services and activities.

Southmead Adventure Playground

We're currently inviting expressions of interest and have set up a separate web page for this.

Full details of what's on offer and what is expected from the selected bidder can be found in the Brief that we have published. 

A final decision is expected by August 2018.

Facilities that are being considered for community asset transfer

St Paul’s Adventure Playground

A consortium, led by the APE Project, has been selected as the preferred CAT applicant.

APE have submitted a detailed business plan and supporting evidence and we are now negotiating terms for Community Asset Transfer with them by Summer 2018.

Hillfields Youth Centre

Hillfields Young Mothers Group has the management of the Youth Centre with council support on a temporary basis.

We’re currently negotiating terms for Community Asset Transfer with the group, to enable a sustainable future and retain the centre for youth and community use.

Completion is expected by Summer 2018.

Youth and play facilities that have been transferred

Facilities that have already been transferred through the CAT process.

Felix Road Adventure Playground

Lease holder: Felix Road Adventure Playground Association

Lease date: September 2016

Lawrence Weston Youth Centre

Lease holder: Ambition Lawrence Weston

Lease date: December 2015.

The Vench (Lockleaze Youth and Play Space)

Lease holder: Groundwork South

Lease date: September 2015

Groundwork is making spaces in the building available for hire by other community organisations. Learning Partnership West also hosts youth services from The Vench.

Eagle House Youth Centre

Lease holder: MFM Bristol  

Lease date: November 2014

MFM have made major repairs and improvements to the building. They’ll be making it available for general community use when not in use for their own activities.

Docklands Youth Centre / St Paul’s Settlement

Lease holder: Full Circle

Lease date: July 2015

Full Circle is sharing the building with ACE and other, similar organisations. They also offer spaces in the building for hire by other community-based organisations.

Oldbury Court Youth Centre

Lease holder: Oldbury Court Out of School Clubs

Lease date: June 2015

The Club has carried out major renovations and improvements to the building. The facility is available for other community-based activities when not in use by the Club.

The Mill Youth Centre

Lease holder: Empire Fighting Chance

Lease date: October 2014

Empire transformed the property into a community boxing club, after obtaining substantial funding from Sport England.

Southmead Youth Centre

Lease holder: Southmead Development Trust

Lease date: July 2014

The Trust has turned the centre into a thriving 'youth hub' for the local community, also sharing the building with other community-based organisations, including a local boxing club and Learning Partnership West.