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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 (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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