Berkshire Youth Trust

For over 80 years, Berkshire Youth Trust (BYT) has enriched the lives of young people across Berkshire by providing a carefully curated programme of clubs and projects.

Berkshire Youth Trust believes every young person should have access to opportunities to develop key skills outside of the classroom. To make this goal a reality, BYT provides leading youth support services and a wide variety of engaging projects to help vulnerable young people make successful transitions to adulthood.

The Nick Maughan Foundation is proud to support the Berkshire Youth Trust in its essential work by contributing to the construction of their Waterside Centre. Located in Newbury, this state of the art ‘Inspired Facility’ provides a range of activities including, rock climbing, dancing, canoeing and vocational training.

The Waterside Centre is also one of the venues for the Nick Maughan Foundation’s flagship programme, BoxWise. The centre supports young people in the surrounding areas access BoxWise’s free boxing and mentorship course, affording disadvantaged young people the opportunity to develop their skills and talents in a safe and controlled environment.
Supporting organisations such as the Berkshire Youth Trust has never been more important. In recent years, funding for extra-curricular activities has been severely depleted, with cuts to the national youth work budget totalling £500 million since 2011.

Youth clubs hosted by BYT provide vital opportunities for young people’s development, especially for the underprivileged in Berkshire. Despite the county’s reputation for affluence, the provision of extra-curricular resources for young people in this area are incredibly important.

15% per cent of the 3,000 young people in West Berkshire are currently living in poverty, and the district has one of the widest educational attainment gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged young people. With the support of the Nick Maughan Foundation, Berkshire Youth Trust is working to change this and seeks to give young people in the community the best possible start in life.
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