About us

Aspiration Creation Elevation CIC empowers disadvantaged young people through projects & programmes that offer Arts Activities, Role-Model Guidance & Inspirational Experiences. ACE looks beyond the surface of what today's youth face, realising that there is a systematic cycle to which many young people fall into, through no fault of their own. This is a cycle of inequality, low aspirations and negativity, which will ultimately have damaging affects on following generations.

Our vision

A world of shared responsibilities where people have purpose, place and the right to a healthy and happy life.

Our mission

Creating opportunities that allow young people to learn the skills and build the confidence to tackle barriers preventing them from fulfilling their potential in life.

What we offer Sessions and services

Pushing Talent and Positive Paths
Our targeted sessions aimed at maturing youngsters with exceptional abilities and supporting youths who are facing adverse challenges. We believe that everyone can achieve, that’s why we provide unique mentoring sessions for young people, helping them to realise their potential. We set achievable goals in a safe, fun and friendly environment that supports young people to be creative and expressive. Each programme is designed to meet the specific needs of the individual. A young person must be referred to access this provision.

More than music

We believe the best growth happens when working with freedom. Our weekly drop-in sessions allow youths to engage with us in the best way that suits them. This level of provision can often act as the gateway for young people to further their interests in positive activities and progression routes. These sessions will also be propped-up by weekly fun & educational trips during school holidays. Just turn up and get stuck in!

Tuesday's

More than music
17.30 - 19.30 for 7 to 11-year-olds @Docklands, St.Paul's

Wednesday's

More than music
18.30 - 20.30 for 12 to 16-year-olds @Docklands, St.Paul's

Thursday's

More than music
19.00 - 21.00 for 17 to 21-year-olds @Docklands, St. Paul's

Friday's

More than music
18.30 - 21.00 for 11 to 19-year-olds at The Station, Bristol City Centre

Meet the team

Aspiration Creation Elevation CIC (ACE) was set up in April 2013 by three young music-mentoring professionals.
Managing Director/Lead Facilitator

Darren Alexander

Managing Director/Lead Facilitator
Assistant Facilitator

Andre Currie

Assistant Facilitator
Assistant Facilitator

Joel Douglas

Assistant Facilitator
Volunteer Facilitator

Tom Spencer

Volunteer Facilitator
Assistant Facilitator

Ngaio Anyia

Assistant Facilitator
Young Ambassador

Jrae Davis

Young Ambassador
Director/Lead Facilitator

Cherelle Grant

Director/Lead Facilitator
Assistant Facilitator

Andres Cervero

Assistant Facilitator
Assistant Facilitator

Lewin Hayes

Assistant Facilitator
Admin Assistant

Belinda Cox

Admin Assistant
Volunteer Facilitator

James Kelley

Volunteer Facilitator
Young Ambassador

Shaznay Johnson

Young Ambassador
Director/Lead Facilitator

Hans Soghe

Director/Lead Facilitator
Assistant Facilitator

Andrew Gall

Assistant Facilitator
Volunteer Facilitator

Bella Holt-Piper

Volunteer Facilitator
Marketing Assistant

Megan Foster Flaherty

Marketing Assistant
Marketing Volunteer

Lucy Caswell

Marketing Volunteer

Our History

In 2013, amongst heavy community investment cuts, Darren Alexander, Cherelle Grant and Hans Soghe formed ACE. This unique organisation was first set up to continue to deliver arts activities to young people in east-central Bristol's disadvantaged communities, but it quickly became an enterprise with a bigger mission: supporting young people to tackle barriers preventing them from fulfilling their potential in life, which it has since won awards.
MMG Award Winner

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