Southampton’s children and young people are key in securing UK City of Culture 2025


24 Sep, 2021

Southampton has a relatively young population, with the number of children in the city growing by nearly three times the national average in the last decade. This number is predicted to increase further still, with those aged 0-14 set to grow by a further 4.1% by 2025.

Bid Director Claire Whitaker OBE shared  “ it is our focus on ensure that the city’s children and young people have the skills and opportunities to thrive which we believe will help us win. Children and young people are not only shaping our bid, but also the future of our wonderful city. There are so many Southampton-based organisations committed to improving the opportunities for and skills of young people currently working across the city. We want to ensure Southampton is a place which supports its creative sector and becomes somewhere our talented young creative people want to base their careers.”

Such organisations include internationally recognised Artswork, which has been empowering young people for more than 30-years. Their next project will enable hundreds of local young people to become “Changemakers” in the city, using creative workshops to devise initiatives that will reduce the impact of violence on their lives.

Southampton City Football Club also plays its part, boasting a varied youth programme including Saint Works, an employability project for 16–25-year-olds not in education, employment, or formal training, while its Saints Community Champions scheme works to engage with ids who find it difficult in a traditional school environment.

Other organisations in Southampton dedicated to benefiting the lives of young people include:


Claire added: “We have shown our commitment to nurturing the futures of the city’s young people, by introducing “Our Time”, a talent bursary programme for 18- 25’s. We are thrilled to share that the winners have been announced and have received investment to support their creative practice.”