David Seaward | West Berkshire Youth
As we move through the roadmap out of lockdown, it is great to see that we can start to offer support to young people in more of a recognisable delivery model. Young people have been brilliant at coping with all the changes and milestones, exams then no exams, but as members of our communities it is important that we all show them support and encouragement. It has been heartening to hear stories of local businesses and companies sticking to promises of apprenticeships and real opportunities for those finding themselves in long-term employment. This is what makes our communities so great.
There are loads of good stories in this newsletter. Our youth survey has provided the voice for local young people. We are so pleased that over 700 young people took the time to complete this survey and thank each and every one of them. Let’s hope we can get your voices listened to.
In the survey, young people identified their need for a “safe space”, a massive priority for them. I’m delighted to report that the Waterside project is nearing completion. The centre is starting to look great and will be a tribute to the young people who have seen so many services cut and centres closed down. This really is terrific news and we are now developing those partnerships to make the offer the best possible place for young people to engage in positive activities and out of school opportunities. We have had some local support from companies and individuals but it would be even better if at this point more local companies and business could come forward to support the project and in turn the young people of Newbury. We were hoping to take the building from the builders on the 1 June but, as with all significant refurbishments, there has been some delay in the supply of materials and we are now hoping for a mid-June final completion date. We are currently working hard to get a summer programme ready for the school holidays.
Looking forward to welcoming you all to the centre in the very near future!
Berkshire Youth are extremely grateful to all of the local companies who support us. Thanks to their amazing advice and professionalism, we can focus on our most important job: helping local young people when and where they need us. Each month we will showcase one of our top supporters to thank them publicly for their outstanding commitment to Berkshire Youth.This month we would like to give a big shout out to Cream Design for their unstinting support, wonderful design skills and the impact that these have had and continue to have on Berkshire Youth.
Cream first began working with Berkshire Youth in 2009. The work was on a small scale at first, but grew as Cream started work to make Berkshire Youth look and feel more engaging, developing our illustrative style. They then got involved in simplifying our charity name from Berkshire Association of Clubs for Young People to Berkshire Youth. This new name was far more meaningful and included a full rebranding of our charity.
From our website to our literature, our reports to our imagery, Cream have played a huge part in it all!
Helen Waring, Cream’s Account Director and Co-founder, says: “Helping to invest in young people on a local level is a no brainer for us. We will continue to do what we can for both Berkshire Youth and other local charities in the future.”
Thank you, Helen and team. You’re brilliant and we don’t know what we’d do without you!