Bread Youth Project
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 the communities. They 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 they 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. They 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.