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  • Berkshire Youth AGM

    We are holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 July.

    1 July 2022

  • New Tilehurst Youth Club

    We’re really excited to share that we’re starting a new youth club at The Jubilee Annexe at The Calcot Centre from Thursday 15 September, in partnership with Tilehurst Parish Council.

    30 June 2022

  • Managing Conflicts of Interest in a Charity

    As a trustee you must make decisions based only on what’s best for your charity.

    30 June 2022

  • Tilehurst Parish Council Update

    The Tilehurst Art Club run by Berkshire Youth on behalf of Tilehurst Parish Council has now started in the newly refurbished Jubilee Annexe in Calcot, Reading.

    30 June 2022

  • News from Waterside Centre

    It’s been another busy month at Waterside Centre, and it’s incredible to think that it’s less than a year since the centre reopened its doors.

    30 June 2022

  • News from The Wayz

    There are always lots of exciting things happening at The Wayz, from leadership sessions to their upcoming summer camps, youth volunteering programme and Community Fun Day on Saturday 16 July.

    30 June 2022

  • DofE Volunteering Hours Make Huge Positive Impact

    We’re thrilled that The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants from Berkshire Youth dedicated 741 hours to volunteering between April 2021 and March 2022, with a social value of £3423.42.

    30 June 2022

  • Climbing Snowdon to Support Local Youth

    We caught up with Jasmine Barrett to learn more about the epic challenge she undertook to raise much-needed funds for us.

    30 June 2022

  • The Berkeley Foundation Partners with Berkshire Youth

    The Berkeley Foundation, the grant-making foundation set up by housebuilder the Berkeley Group, has partnered with Berkshire Youth.

    30 June 2022

  • Welcome to Abbas

    We recently caught up with out newest youth worker, Abbas, to learn more about his role supporting young people in the Slough area.

    30 June 2022

CEO’s Thoughts (November Newsletter)

29 November 2021

Welcome to our November newsletter.

Don’t the months just fly by, and every day brings a new challenge or opportunity.

With Christmas just around the corner we have been contemplating one of our biggest challenges, and that is how we support the ever-growing ‘Working Poor’ group. These are not your headline grabbing, Sky TV and 40-a-day smokers that the mass media would love us to believe are lining our streets: the working poor are those families who hold down two or three jobs, working every hour they can to support their families; these are people who don’t reach the threshold for benefit support but who are just about be getting by.

I recently used the example of a married couple with two children living in our area working for the NHS. These are the workers who we clapped during ‘Clap for Carers’, who rely on foodbanks and manage their family income to the penny. With the hike in fuel costs and ever-increasing daily expenses, these are people who are only just getting by. With Christmas around the corner we are looking to open up all our projects and make them accessible for all, but my question is how do we do this with no investment in prevention, no funding for this type of work and government insisting that we must level up? Well, all I can say is that here in our county, the social gap is getting bigger and bigger yet Berkshire is ignored as though we don’t have any poverty and we have no need for a levelling up agenda. At Christmas we should just be fair: no more or less, just recognise that people are struggling in our area.

This year I want to give the best Christmas to all our young people and with your help perhaps we can.

Have a very merry Christmas!

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