Waterside Centre Coronation Event, Saturday 6 May

Please come and join us at Waterside Centre for our Coronation Celebration event, Saturday 6 May, 10am – 4pm!

Activities will include: arts and crafts, face painting, a community art piece, multi-sports, cookie decorating, Swings & Smilessensory room and paddle sessions.

Please click here to learn more:

We hope to see you there!

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Berkshire Youth Appoints New Chair of Trustees

Berkshire Youth is delighted to announce that Sarah Atkinson has been appointed as the new Chair of Trustees, with immediate effect.

Roger Smee, MBE, and long-standing President of Berkshire Youth:

“Sarah, who joined our board in 2019, brings a wealth of experience to the charity through her 20+ years in industry and non-executive board roles.

Her appointment comes at a critical point in the charity’s history, when raising the visibility of Berkshire Youth and fundraising have never been more important to secure the long term support for young people that they deserve.” 

Currently, Sarah is the Global Director of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) at Micro Focus based in Newbury, where she leads the company’s social impact programme.

In addition, she is a board director at the Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a member of the Skills Advisory Panel, as well as the lead for Diversity & Inclusion for Berkshire.

Sarah previously served on the board at techUK and worked closely with government and other non-government organisations (NGOs) on a variety of initiatives to inspire young people about the world of work. 

Sarah commented:

“I look forward to building upon all the great work that our President & Trustee Roger Smee, MBE, the board of trustees and, of course, the team, led by Sarah Emery, CEO, have done.

I am passionate about inclusion and ensuring all young people get the opportunities and the support they need to successfully navigate adolescence, when many are facing mental health issues, especially post COVID.”

 Berkshire Youth Chief Executive, Sarah Emery, added: “We are thrilled that Sarah has agreed to become our new Chair of Trustees. This is a very exciting time for Berkshire Youth and I am in no doubt that Sarah’s expertise will help us to continue to develop our organisation over the next few years ensuring we progress our offer to young people and communities across Berkshire.” 

Waterside Centre Newbury’s Easter Holidays Offer

Places are going fast for Waterside Centre’s Easter activities for young people, including paddling, climbing and more!

Please click here to learn more and book places – book soon to avoid disappointment.

HOLD THE DATE! Waterside Centre Coronation Event, Saturday 6 May

Planning is in full swing for Waterside Centre to be the ‘place to be’ for community celebrations for the Coronation of King Charles III.

You are invited to join them on Saturday 6 May, 10am – 4pm, for a day of activities and entertainment.

Further details to follow soon!

Waterside Centre Screens Plea!

The screens in Kersey Hall at Waterside Centre in Newbury aren’t behaving!

Please can you help?

The Waterside Centre team are looking for a local company or kind individual to donate a new screen / screens to the centre.

The four current screens each measure 55 inches diagonally.

If you can help, please email: waterside@berkshireyouth.co.uk

Berkshire Youth with David Seward & Tom Holmes on Paul Presents

Paul Presents | Berkshire Youth with David Seward and Tom Holmes
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

Berkshire Youth | Waterside Centre Coronation Event, Saturday 6 May Please come and join us at Waterside Centre for our Coronation Celebration event, Saturday 6 May, 10am – 4pm! Activities will include: arts and crafts, face painting, a community art piece, multi-sports, cookie decorating, Swings & Smiles sensory room and paddle sessions.

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