Bristol’s new youth club in the former pub will open this autumn

A new youth club in Barton Hill is set to open to the public this autumn. It will be located in the former The Swan pub, which closed four years ago.

The former pub is currently being renovated by Wellspring Settlement, a community center located next to it. Employees who are involved in the project said they are confident that “the work will be finished by the fall of this year.”

Details of what will be offered in the new space have yet to be announced. Activities will be decided by a planning group which includes young people from Barton Hill who are also invited name the new building once it opens.

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The former pub on the corner of Morley Street and Bright Street closed in 2020, but the transformation of the old pub building was a challenge, with the work taking longer than originally expected. Young people in the area who have engaged with staff working on the project said they often have nowhere to go locally after school.

Luis, who has worked at the settlement for 20 years, said in a recent interview on the charity’s website: “Most (young people) I spoke to said they either go home after school and stay in their rooms or have to go out of the area to do other activities. Many people said that they do not feel safe when they go out of the area, that they are far from their safe zone.

“There is so much enthusiasm for the space from the local children, it was great to see them getting involved in the planning and making it their own. The lockdown has put a lot of pressure on families with teenagers living in small apartments, and anxieties about leaving home have continued.