Berkshire Youth help with the transition from childhood to young adulthood, supporting young people to reach their full potential and make a positive contribution to their communities. They help young people through leisure activities, helping them to grow. Many of the young people they work with are vulnerable or disadvantaged and unable to access help elsewhere.
They focus on prevention and helping young people who are missing out, not yet in crisis and who can’t afford what is on offer or face barriers to access: they may have mental health issues, responsibility as a carer or low self-esteem.
Their mission is to be the champion of young people in Berkshire, furthering their development and education and enriching their lives through leisure time activities to help them grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life may be improved.
They do this by supporting and developing clubs and delivering projects so they can provide the best service for young people in Berkshire and give them the best possible start in life. They ensure that everything they do is sensitive to each local community’s agenda so that they can be a trusted advocate for young people and communities.
Berkshire Youth supports youth leaders and young people aged 10 to 18 through challenging life transitions/events to help them make the right choices, grow resilience and mature as individuals and members of society through:
- Activities to encourage young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and grow in confidence and self-esteem
- Training for youth workers, volunteers and young people
- Action through volunteering, encouraging young people to take positive action within their own community, involve others in shaping services for young people and to grow into the next generation of leaders
- Club support for the many clubs for young people across Berkshire, including affiliating our members to Ambition and UK Youth
Berkshire Youth | Safeguarding Young People
Berkshire Youth has a duty to work to prevent children and young people from suffering harm. This includes a responsibility for promoting their welfare, and referring them to Children’s Social Care when children and young people are at risk from harm. In the case of young people in particular, there is a specific responsibility to address the risks posed by the behaviour and actions of the young person themselves and to understand and respond to the causes of that behaviour.