My Future My Choice
The Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust supports the work of My Future My Choice who work with partner schools and businesses, engaging 6 to 16 year olds in a variety of practical activities related to the industry sectors of Bristol, its industrial heritage and careers of the future. Projects celebrate the strength in local communities whilst encouraging children to think beyond their immediate horizon and aspire to their own ideal of success and happiness.
In 2016 Over 5000 young people took part in workshops exploring boat building, aviation, cranes, Bristol’s tides, hydraulics and puppetry, exploring the action steps needed for success in life. Nearly 6000 parents have also joined in, celebrating their children’s engineering and creativity.
All activities involve young people working in small teams with a business volunteer and 1100 volunteers from Bristol businesses have supported activities in 2016. Evaluations show that businesses want activities that make volunteers effective with a 20-minute briefing with no time-consuming DBS checks. Schools and young people value the risk taking, well run logistics and the chance to engage in real conversation over a shared challenge in exciting locations with a business volunteer.
The business hub at Engine Shed is now the main venue for cardboard boat building with Bristol Packet Boats and Underfall Yard providing insightful tours to contextualise the practical activity that leads to 120 boats sailing in the Bristol Harbour Festival Boat Race. The MV Balmoral, while over wintering in the Floating Harbour, has become a ‘classroom- afloat’, enabling children to explore the iconic cargo cranes as part of the ‘Lifting Aspirations’ programme. Projects extend beyond the South West with workshops taking place at air-shows, construction trade-fairs, museums, Big Bang Fairs and schools across the UK.
The charity is always seeking new business contacts who can supply volunteers and funding beyond what schools can afford. In 2017 we aim to kit out liveried vans with resources and staff so that workshops can be delivered more effectively. A new website will be launched in 2017 that reflects the current programmes which are born out of 6 years of partnership working with businesses, universities and schools. If you think you can help please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnerships / Sponsors – Aecom, Aerospace Bristol, Airbus, ASDAN, AXA PP, All Aboard, ARUP, Atkins, Avara, Bailey, Bath Spa, Bevan Brittan, BMT, Bristol Airport, Bristol Museum, Bristol Packet, Bristol Play Network, Bristol Port Company, Bristol Robotic Lab, British Science Association, Burgess Salmon, Buro Happold, Clarke Wilmott, Connecting Communities (AHRC), Corin Group, Desperate Men Theatre, Deutsche Bank, DSSP, Engine Shed, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Folio Print Finishers, GE Capital, GE Corporate, GE Health Care, GE Oil and Gas, GE Power, GKN, Graphic Science (STEMNet), Green Capital, HP, Historic England, John James Trust, Liebherr, Marine Biological Association, MV Balmoral, Nisbets, MV Balmoral, QinetiQ, Quartet, Queens Square Association, Richmond Events, Rolls-Royce, Rowan Dartington, Royal West-of- England Academy, Set Squared, Simmons and Simmons, Smurfitt Kappa, Sparrow Cranes, Speedy-Services, Speilmans Trust, Thales, Underall Yard, University of Bath, University of Bristol, UWE, Wessex Water, Wolffkran, Young Generation Network- Nuclear Institute. + 72 Primary Schools & 30 Secondary Schools