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  • Waterside’s 2nd Birthday!

    Today, we are celebrating the second anniversary of Waterside Centre reopening.

    3 August 2023

  • Duck Race

    Our friends at the Rotary Club of Reading Abbey have asked us to share news of the charity fundraising event they’re running at The Oracle on Saturday 9 September.

    31 July 2023

  • Tilehurst Youth Club

    Thank you to youth worker Jessica for this update!

    31 July 2023

  • Waterside – July 2023

    Kelly told us: “The summer months bring a range of activity to Waterside Centre.

    31 July 2023

  • The Wayz – July 2023

    A real summer of fun at The Ways; the month started brilliantly with the Community Fun Day and Bracknell Together Walk.

    31 July 2023

  • Britwell – July 2023

    Britwell Youth and Community Project’s Summer Holiday Club is running from Monday 24 July– Friday 18 August (daily Monday – Friday), 11am – 3pm.

    31 July 2023

  • Updates from our Flagship Youth Clubs

    Please click on the links below for the latest updates from our flagship youth clubs in Slough, Bracknell and Newbury.

    31 July 2023

  • Youth Development and Community Engagement Update

    The school holidays are now upon us and our summer programmes are in full swing.

    31 July 2023

  • Training News

    Here are our upcoming training courses, including posters.

    31 July 2023

  • Staff Spotlight

    In the last update, we caught up with Abbas, who was celebrating his first year of working at Berkshire Youth.

    31 July 2023

Champions of Youth Work Conference

27 January 2022

Yesterday, we welcomed around 50 attendees to Waterside Centre for our Champions of Youth Work Conference.

From all backgrounds – including youth workers, volunteers, funders, local authorities and young people themselves – everyone was there to lend their support to championing Berkshire’s young people and to explore ways for us to work together to achieve the very best for them.

We were delighted to be joined by Leigh Middleton, CEO of The National Youth Agency, who delivered an insightful keynote speech re. the National Youth Work Strategy and the current situation for youth services. Leigh told the attendees that youth work is on the rise, with 5M individuals engaging with Youth Work Week in 2021, compared to 3M in 2020. Although there is less and less resource in the South for young people, Leigh gave an optimistic and realistic view for the future of youth work as he continues to meet with government ministers and civil servants on behalf of the UK’s young people. He finished his speech with the call to all attendees to: “Get organised and get involved to help young people!”

Attendees also enjoyed speeches from Berkshire Youth’s David, Sarah, Kelly and Jessica, as well as moving speeches from young people, Ellis and Dennis, who spoke from the heart about the direct and positive impact our youth workers have had on their lives. Everyone was very impressed with them and couldn’t help be moved by their words. Who could put it better than Dennis: “Everyone had given up on me except Colin!” [Youth Worker, Berkshire Youth]

Further discussions flowed, including people’s experiences over the past 18 months, growth mindset, what the future might look like for young people and how we can best help and champion them. Before leaving, each of the attendees wrote down their pledge to young people and a piece of good news concerning young people which we will share across our social media over the coming weeks using the hashtags: #ChampionsofYouthWork, #YouthPledge2022, #YouthWorkWorks, #YoungPeopleMatter, #YouthEmpowerment and #YouthWork. We shall be back again next year to review how everyone has got on with their pledges to young people.

We would like to thank Greenham Trust for supporting this event which was a great chance to get everyone together in person to discuss these very important issues.


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