A fleet of young changemakers arrive at Bristol's Armada House!

Yesterday Bristol’s Armada House saw a fleet of young changemakers arrive for our very first Bristol Community Carousel!

The event saw students from 11 schools across Bristol come together with the corporate volunteers supporting them on their social action journeys. Companies attending included Burges Salmon, Simmons and Simmons, Barclays, Clarke Willmott, Foot Anstey and Warburtons.

All the students at the Carousel are part of Bristol Community-Apprentice, which sees them competing in teams to deliver social action projects around the issues they care about. Issues the students have picked include Islamophobia, mental health, body image and self-harm.

Having designed a project to tackle their chosen issue, students participated in The Pitching Challenge at the event, presenting their project plan to a panel of ‘dragons’ from the Bristol business community in a bid to win funding.

Having kicked off the event with a corporate coaching session on presentation skills, the teams delivered extremely impressive pitches, and were awarded up to £400 for their projects. 

The students also had the opportunity to take part in stalls and workshops, including sharing what they think makes a city happy with the Happy City Bristol initiative. They also enjoyed spoken word from poets Vanessa Kisuule and Harry Baker, as well as the debut performance of a song written by grad Angel (read his Envision story here!).

The Pitching Challenge was the second of a series of challenges that constitute the Community-Apprentice programme, with each designed to help the students develop important skills. The first challenge was The Film Challenge where students had to make a 2-minute film outlining why their issue was important to them. The film submissions can be viewed here.