As we enter the summer holidays, it’s an exciting time for all of those at Berkshire Youth.

We are seeing the end of some programmes as they take a break for the summer as well as the start of our programmes that support young people throughout the summer holidays.

This summer in particular we are supporting programmes at our centres at Waterside, Britwelland The Wayz, and working in partnership in Thatcham to make sure there are activities available for the most vulnerable young people in our communities.

We started the summer period with some celebrations. We were delighted to welcome Floyd Steadman to celebrate with the Boxwise participants; sharing his story and inspiring young people about how to overcome challenges and adversity they may face.

We kicked off the summer season with our music night at Waterside Centre, in partnership with Berkshire Maestros.

We are delighted to be Berkshire Maestros’ partner for their charity single which has been written, performed and produced with young people. You can listen download or stream it here.

We welcome to our team two new members of staff: Karen, who is taking on our training and volunteer development, and Lorraine who is supporting the Waterside Centre administration team.

We also welcome back Paige from maternity leave, who is already planning for new programmes in Bracknell from September. Berkshire Youth is delighted that our projects and programmes are continuing to grow.

As such we have vacancies to join the team in a variety of roles. Please take a look and chat with us about how you can pay a part in supporting empowering and inspiring young people in Berkshire.

We must also take a moment to reflect and thank the volunteers who give so much time across the year, and this summer will be no different. We also must pass on our thanks to Pangbourne Youth FC for raising over £1,400 for us this season. We’re delighted that Tom Holmes, our Charity Ambassador, is staying with Reading FC for a further three years as Vice Captain.

We thank him for his support and we are excited for the new opportunities we can develop together over the coming three years.

While over the summer many young people will be enjoying the activities, the team here at Berkshire Youth will be continuing to work with partners and funders to explore new opportunities and ways of working collaboratively to ensure better outcomes for young people.

In a time of financial difficulty and political uncertainty, it is essential now more than ever that young people are surrounded by positive role models, trusted adults and a space where they feel they can belong.

Berkshire Youth is committed to ensuring this opportunity for young people across the Royal County.

We hope you manage to enjoy the summer holidays and find some time for some rest and relaxation.

We look forward to updating you on new developments as they progress over the summer.

David

Berkshire Youth with David Seward | Summer Fun

There’s no excuse for young people to be bored this summer, with so many exciting activities and opportunities across Berkshire! Some of them are even completely free!

Please keep checking our social media and websites for all of the latest news:

Britwell: Facebook Twitter Website

The Wayz: Facebook

Instagram Website

Waterside: Facebook Instagram Twitter Website

Also check out the activities listed on our Berkshire Youth Hubs.

Berkshire Youth with David Seward

Berkshire Youth with David Seward & Tom Holmes on Paul Presents

Berkshire Youth with David Seward
Paul Presents | Berkshire Youth with David Seward and Tom Holme David Seward first updates us on what has been happening at The Waterside Centre and with Berkshire Youth, before Paul speaks to Berkshire Youth’s Charity Ambassador, Tom Holmes, a first team player from from Reading Football Club.

Berkshire Youth with David Seward | Tom Holmes as Berkshire Youth’s Charity Ambassador

This year marks a year since Tom Holmes, popular 22-year-old Reading FC first team player, became Berkshire Youth’s Charity Ambassador.

Everyone at Berkshire Youth was very excited when Tom came on board, and what a fantastic year it’s been! Tom has been a great champion for the charity, helping to raise awareness of their important work supporting, empowering and inspiring Berkshire’s young people.

Aware of the benefits of bringing quality activities and experiences to young people, Tom arranged for a group of young people to take part in the half time penalty shoot-out at Reading FC’s 150th anniversary match in February, and they absolutely loved it! He has also delighted young fans by popping along to some events, including a couple of football training sessions at a local club, where he took part in mini matches and presented awards to those who had raised the most money for Berkshire Youth this season.

Tom has reflected on his year with Berkshire Youth: “When Berkshire Youth first got in touch with Reading and Reading came to me about the idea of becoming Berkshire Youth ambassador it was a bit of a no brainer for me really. Growing up in Reading and coming through at RFC, such an important part of the community, I have always felt it is my responsibility to give back and appreciate the community and area that has done so much for me and many others whilst growing up. Becoming part of the team at Berkshire Youth was the perfect way in which I could do that. I have really enjoyed working alongside the brilliant staff and it is clear to see what such a fantastic job they are doing with Berkshire’s ‘next generation’. I hope that this year is the first of many for the relationship between Reading FC and Berkshire Youth and it has been an honour to be the first ever Charity Ambassador to come from RFC to help bridge that gap between two such important cornerstones in the Berkshire area.”

Julie MacLean, Berkshire Youth Marketing Manager, said: “We are thrilled to work with Tom. He’s a local lad and really genuine guy who the young people we work with respond really well to. Tom has shown huge enthusiasm for our work, is a great role model, and has been brilliant at amplifying our key messages about the importance of investing in our young people. We couldn’t ask for a better Charity Ambassador!”

Berkshire Youth with David Seward

Free Sports Sessions in Our Local Parks

Working with The Waterside Centre and MNR Coaching, Berkshire Youth are running free sports session for children and young people aged 8+ in parks across Tilehurst this summer. There’s no need to book, just turn up!

Berkshire Youth with David Seward

Take a look to see what clubs and classes for kids are available in your local area; from sports clubs and amazing music classes to fun dance lessons and even arts and crafts for those budding Picassos!

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