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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

Waterside Opening Celebration

9 November 2022

We were delighted to come together with dozens of supporters and friends last Thursday to celebrate the official opening of Waterside Centre.

Guests were treated to speeches from our President – Roger Smee MBE, The Mayor of Newbury – Gary Norman, David Seward, Kelly Leach and The Rt. Hon. Lord Benyon.

In keeping with our ethos, the evening was youth-led, with the proceedings compered brilliantly by the Waterside young leaders team. Kelly presented the young leaders with the first member cards for the centre.

Presentations were made to young people who have taken part in the BoxWise non-contact boxing programme and those who completed their Duke of Edinburgh awards with Berkshire Youth. A special shout out to Daisy who is the first young person to complete the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards with Berkshire Youth!

We were also treated to the musical talents of singer Anna and the young people from VoxFresh.

The evening culminated in the official ribbon cutting and the presentation of a keystone by Lord Benyon.

There was a strong feeling of optimism in the room, as everyone celebrated the way the Newbury community had come together to reopen the centre. We also celebrated the young people’s successes and achievements, the positive changes and effects these have had on their lives, and the importance of youth voice. David also spoke movingly about the importance of kindness – what most young people say they are looking for. Roger Smee told the assembled guests: “I feel very proud tonight!”

We would like to say a special thank our popular Charity Ambassador, Tom Holmes, for helping to present awards and for taking countless selfies with the guests! Tom is a great role model for our young people.

Thank you to everyone who came to the event and we look forward to working with you to ensure the youth and community centre continues to flourish.

Please click here to the see the photos we took at the event. We will also add the videos taken to the Berkshire Youth YouTube channel soon.

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