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  • Memories of the Waterside

    PRIZE DRAW – please send us your memories of the Waterside Centre!

    13 September 2021

  • NYA Guidance – 6 September 2021

    On Monday 6 September, the National Youth Agency published Version 8 of the NYA Covid Guidance document, moving the youth sector to Green in the Readiness Framework.

    8 September 2021

  • New Leisure Strategy for West Berkshire – Have Your Say!

    West Berkshire Council is asking people who live and visit West Berkshire to tell them about the leisure activities they do, what they would like to do and what stops them from doing more.

    2 September 2021

  • Charity Reporting and Accounting

    Our Finance Manager, Debbie, takes you through what you should know about charity reporting and accounting.

    26 August 2021

  • Day in the Life of our Operations Director, Sarah

    Here, we catch up with our inspirational Operations Director, Sarah, to learn more about the important role she has at Berkshire Youth.

    26 August 2021

  • Rainbow Park Summer Activity Day

    The young people at Rainbow Park in Winnersh enjoyed a fun summer activity day at their youth club with an inflatable obstacle course, biscuit decorating and a Mario kart competition.

    26 August 2021

  • Tilehurst Parish Council – Still Time to Share Your Views!

    Tilehurst Parish Council have extended the deadline for their survey until next month, meaning that young people, aged 11 to 18, in the Parish still have time to share their views by completing this survey.

    26 August 2021

  • Supporter Focus – 1-fix

    We are so grateful to everyone who supports us, including the fantastic 1-fix  who have recently put together information posters for us and our followers.

    26 August 2021

  • Waterside Update

    Our Summer Holiday Club Programme at the Waterside Centre in Newbury has been a huge success.

    26 August 2021

  • Personal Development Programme – Wonderful Opportunity!

    Berkshire Youth have an exciting opportunity for 12 young people to enrol in a personal development programme, beginning this September.

    25 August 2021

CEO’s Thoughts (August Newsletter)

26 August 2021

Welcome to our August newsletter.

We have been delighted to see the response from local young people to our free Holiday Activities and Food Programme, providing them with safe places, friendship and lots of fun and wide-ranging activities this summer. Additionally, the programmes, for young people aged 11 and above, have provided attendees with a free meal to ensure that no young person goes without being fed over this time.

On 12 August, we celebrated International Youth Day, when I reflected on the current situation for young people. I believe that young people have enough choices and issues to negotiate as they transition into adulthood; good quality youth work provides the support, challenge and encouragement needed to become the best version of themselves and to avoid the medicalisation, or criminalisation they may otherwise face. Young people need safe, appropriate and relevant support to prevent the need for statutory intervention. Youth work is a tool provided by well-trained and supported professionals.

Please, let’s all speak to our parliamentary representatives about the importance of investing in our young people; let’s call for a youth strategy and agree how we can give our young people the best possible chance in life.

I hope you will enjoy this newsletter, telling you about the great work going on to champion, empower and support our local young people. Please support our work if you can by donating or contacting us if you are able to volunteer some of your time.

Thank you!

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