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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

  • CEO’s Thoughts (August Newsletter)

    Welcome to our August newsletter.

    26 August 2021

CEO’s Thoughts (July Newsletter)

28 July 2021

Welcome to July’s newsletter.

As we enter the summer months, Berkshire Youth is delighted to be providing summer camps, safe spaces and opportunities for young people to get engaged and be active.

We have seen over many years the division created by various agendas and public statements, but the saddest part of all is that the gap between the rich and the poor is getting bigger. We still have no agenda nor strategy for youth work, no-one asking the question of local authorities, and no real challenge as to how we close the gap. This should not be about levelling up political priority areas whilst abandoning others, we should all be looking to create better opportunities for all young people, giving young people the chance to work in well-paid jobs and having access to affordable homes – creating independence. Poverty is the one thing that holds all the poor in their place and, whilst we fight about who has what and where, don’t we forget the outcomes of poverty?

Please, please let’s ask our parliamentary representatives for a youth strategy, what the policy for reduction of poverty in your local area is, and how we can give our young people the best possible chance in life. This is not all the responsibility of schools, this has to be a wider and more intelligent conversation.

We are really excited about the summer and looking forward to a successful and empowering programme for the communities supporting their young people.

Thank you for reading!

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