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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

Day in the Life of our Youth Worker, Colin

28 June 2021

Have you ever wondered what our youth workers do on a typical day? Today, we speak to Colin to find out more about how he supports local young people through his work.

What’s a typical working day for you?
A typical working day for me includes attending secondary schools in either Reading, Theale, Thatcham or Newbury, to provide one-to-one support sessions for young students. Many of the young people I communicate with are going through social, emotional, behavioural or mental health issues, which has a huge impact on their life, in and out of school. The complexities of the individuals makes each day different from the next. Listening and understanding each case and then working out realistic goals and objectives which hopefully provides better outcomes to short term and long term issues.

Three evenings a week, I do detached outreach sessions in the Newbury area. This enables me to engage with young people in their specific areas and communities and to signpost them to services and other agencies conducive to their needs. This can also be seen as providing community cohesion between groups of young people, young people and the Police and young people and the general public, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes.

What do you find most challenging about being a youth worker?
I have this thing where I want to help everyone or at least get an individual to a place where they are able to flourish by themselves. Due to the challenging and deep complexities of the young people concerned, it is not always possible to provide successful and sustained support mechanisms for all.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the positive interaction I have with young people and the ability to hopefully make a difference. Through this project the impact you can make on a young person’s life can be the difference between negative and successful outcomes.

What is your background?
Before becoming a youth worker, I had a career in I.T. and, after many years, I decided to have a change and took the opportunity of becoming a sports coach mentor at school for students with Special Educational Needs. After several years at the SEN school and successfully completing my Honours Degree, I advanced on my skills by working on the Intervention project at Berkshire Youth as a youth worker.


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