The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has a statutory duty to provide a youth service for those aged 13 to 19 and up to 25 with special needs. The Service aims to provide young people with a wide and diverse range of development opportunities, both at an individual and social level, and offer the necessary guidance, support and mentoring to achieve and progress, thus facilitating the transition to adulthood.
The provision of such services is delivered through 9 Centres (3 located in Maidenhead and 6 in Windsor) and 4 Borough-wide specialist projects (Outdoor Education Project, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Detached Youth Project, Youth Participation/Youth Opportunity Fund, Special Projects and Connexions Intensive Personal Advisors).
The Service also works in partnership with the local voluntary community, supporting 12 voluntary sector youth projects, including neighbourhood and village youth projects across the Borough. In addition, there are two Counselling Services; based in Maidenhead (No.22) and Windsor (Youth Talk).
In general, the work is open access and available to all young people in the local area, however the Service recognises and delivers work to those young people that are vulnerable or at risk of social exclusion.
Youth work is provided on the premise that young people choose to use the youth provision and their reasons are varied. The programme of activities, includes drama, use of ICT Cyber Café, sport and outdoor water based activities, addressing issues relevant to young people, such as drugs, sexual health, bullying, peer pressure, being victims of crime, vandalism, transport, housing, employment, education or discrimination, to name but a few.
For more specific and detailed information on our Youth Centres Projects and other services please visit the RBWM website.
Latest Developments in 2008
- MYP (Member of Youth Parliament)
- The MYP represents the Royal Borough at the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) and aims to give young people of the UK, between the ages of 11 and 18 a voice which will be heard and listened to by local and central government. This year Jodie Dingwall aged 17 from Holyport was elected with 42.7% of the vote. For more information on MYP please contact Danny Gomm – Youth Participation Officer on 01628 510289.
- Number 22
- Number 22 is a free of charge counselling service, for young people and their parents or carers and has been used in Maidenhead for over 30 years. In July 2008 the service moved to 4 Marlow Road Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7YR - which is the new advice and community centre. The new build houses a wide range of council and voluntary organisations that will benefit people throughout the local community.
- Youth Talk
- Youth Talk is still the counselling service at Windsor Youth and Community Centre at Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD. For more information please contact Shula Tajima, the Counselling Co-ordinator on 01628 636661 or 01753 842444.
- Castle Hill Youth Centre
- The Castle Hill Youth Centre is at 4 Marlow Road later this year and located on the ground floor. The project offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for young people to have fun, explore issues and ideas with trained youth workers. For more information please contact David Gibson, Maidenhead Area Youth Worker on 01628 631963.
- Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead Youngsters aim to go online in September 08. WAMSTER is a brand new website dedicated to the borough’s young people. It will offer them a wide range of information and help in finding local jobs, learning more about local events and activities they can take part in and will also have regularly updated articles in various areas of potential interest to young people, such as music, sport, and film, whilst also enabling them to share their own opinions on these areas of interest with other young people in the borough. For more information please contact Melanie Moodley, Project and Development Manager on 01628 79 6755.