My Future My Choice was set up in 2009 to address the need identified by businesses and school leaders for practical opportunities for young people to engage with the world outside school.
Businesses and engineersworked with educationalists to design learning opportunities for use by employees going into schools.
A range of products have been created that explore skills and knowledge required within different industry sectors as well as thee importance of balancing elements of life for success and happiness.
This focus for activities was determined by research funded by the GE Foundation where schools and business evaluated root causes of poor attainment to pinpoint where most impact could be achieved by a business’s collabaration with a schools. Emphasis initially was on times in a young person’s life when they are facing transition from one phase of education to another.
New ideas and improvements are made in response to requests from businesses and schools who are responding to economic and social changes.
The Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust (TBIT) is a Business West grass roots charity that specialises in education and creative projects with young people. It raises and applies funds for the general benefit of communities. Since 1996 the trust has been connecting the skills and finance of Bristol's business community to strategic and sustainable developments across the city.
THe MV Balmoral is a large inshore passenger vessel known as the 'Peoples's Liner' for running day trips from Ports all around the UK from the 1960s onwards. A trade that declined steeply in the late 1980s. Its main trade was out of Bristol and it is nowmoored in Bristol's Harbour. The ship aims to sail in the summer months and run community activities through the Autuimn Winter and Spring that appeal to transnational communities and help bring diversity to Bristol's cultural centre.