The Wayz to a better future for young people in Bracknell
Berkshire Youth has been helping young people build a future since 1940 and operates several clubs across the Bracknell area. One of these is The Wayz in Calfridus Way and local MP, Phillip Lee, dropped in there recently to see how they were getting on.
He was greeted by David Seward the Chief Executive of Berkshire Youth and Gareth Mepham, the Youth and Community Work manager. Together they showed him around the facilities and explained how, in addition to support from Bracknell Forest Council, they also seek support from local businesses for their programmes.
These programmes are often selected by the young people themselves who, through activities and informal discussions, contribute to identify topics and create a programme that help them tackle the challenges they face.
In the last 9 months, there have been 52 separate events at The Wayz providing over 8,000 hours of session time, and attended by nearly 300 young people. In addition to the youth volunteers, some local companies also allow their staff paid time off work in order to help out with the programmes.
After the visit, Dr Lee commented:
“It is widely accepted that young people today face different, and at times greater pressure, than did previous generations. Clubs such as The Wayz and others run by Berkshire Youth are therefore so important in providing a safe environment to inspire young people on to a better future.”