BREAD was established in 1986 in response to the findings of a study conducted by Belinda French. It demonstrated the need for an organisation that would explore the local and global issues that affected and shaped young people's lives, and provide necessary support and training to help young people to develop confidence, knowledge, and self awareness.

As a result BREADs aim has been to increase young people's awareness of the political, economic, and social forces that shape our communities. We began working with young people aiming to influence youth and community work practice, to explore global issues, and to promote equality and justice.

Through the work with young people and youth workers we then identified a further need to focus more specifically on the local young people and the issues that directly affected their lives. Progressive approaches to youth work, and to equality issues such as; racism, sexism, and homophobia were developed locally. We created resources, such as; Equalizer 1 & 2 and the Essence Board Game, to support work with young people in informal settings.

Throughout the 1990s BREAD worked increasingly in partnership, tackling issues thrown up by HIV and AIDS, sexual health and drugs.

Since then the organisation has developed its own unique approach:-

  • Delivery of services: peer education, targetted projects, and training and youth events.
  • Production of educational resources: workbooks, and issue based games exploring; sexism, sexual health, drug awareness, racism, and empowerment.

BREADs Change in Legal Status

January 2013:-

At a meeting on the 5th of July 2012 the trustees of BREAD Youth Project voted unanimously in favour of incorporating the existing charity as a limited company. 

The original charity, registered number 1006554, was called Bristol Education for Action in Development, more commonly known as BREAD Youth Project.

The new charity; BREAD Youth Project, is registered with Companies House - no. 08219367, and with the Charity Commission - no. 1149344.

 The reason for the change in legal status was to:-

  •          Limit the liability of the trustees.
  •          Enable the organisation to attract the right calibre of trustees.
  •          Enable the trustee board to be more sustainable.
  •          Explore new income generation models.

The objects of the existing charity have been replicated in the new charity and no changes to the delivery of our services are expected, for our staff, trustees, or service users, suppliers, partners, or funders.

A transfer of assets from the existing charity to the new charity took place on the 1st of December 2012.

BREAD continues to work with young people to develop services that will  fill the gaps in provision for young people locally.

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