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For young people

Brighter Futures for Children provides a range of support and guidance for young people.

There’s lots of great things to do in Reading – there really is no time to be bored!

From ways to keep active and healthy, ideas to learn new skills to places to explore, here are lots of ideas for you.

 

Things to do in Reading
  • Want to borrow or download books and hire DVDs or music for free? You can do at one of our local libraries, which are free for everyone to join! There may also be events, reading groups or certain challenges being held – check out your local library here
  • From football, cycling, basketball or watersports, there are many sports and leisure activities you can try. See all that’s on offer here
  • As well as learning about Reading’s history and culture you could also get involved in different activities at one of our local museums. See what's happening at Reading Museum or The University of Reading’s MERL.
  • Being outside whatever the weather is great for your wellbeing – there are lots of fantastic parks and local outdoor spaces - check them out here and get exploring!

There's a whole lot more on our sister website - the Reading Services Directory which includes lots of relevant info for young people.

Things to do this summer (2020)

Don't be stuck for something to do this summer, there are loads of things going on:

  • From photography courses to projects where you’ll get practical, be outside and help your community, Spotlight has a jam-packed programme for you to get involved with - check it out here
  • Berkshire Maestros are running a number of beginners courses and also for more experienced young musicians including guitar, samba and building your own Ukuele. Here's the full list
  • This summer you're invited to join the silly squad for a digital reading challenge - it's all about funny books, jokes and having a laugh. Get involved and find out more
  • Check out more things going on this summer at What's on Reading or here on this summer activities webpage
Keeping well and healthy
  • Get Berkshire Active has lots of exercise clips, challenges and fitness tips to help keep us active
  • Have a go at some 60 second physical activity challenges by the Youth Sports Trust
  • Young Minds has lots of info and tips for looking after yourself and your mental health
  • Fancy some activity missions set by elite athletes, other young people and coaches? Nike and UK Active launched #MoveCrew with daily missions for you to get involved with here
  • Helpful articles, discussion boards and live chats are some of the things you'll find on Kooth - your online mental wellbeing community.

For more support to help you manage your wellbeing, see this page of apps for you to download.

New skills & training opportunities
  • Our Elevate team can help you make informed choices about your future and provide advice and guidance to support you into employment, education and training. Read more here
  • Princes Trust is giving free training for 13-30 year olds wanting to make positive changes and develop your confidence, employability and business skills. Here's the programme being offered in the local area
  • Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new skills, meet new people and gain work experience plus you'll be doing something positive, helping others. Reading Voluntary Action has various opportunities on their website.
Groups to join
  • Reading Youth Council are a group of young people who campaign on local and national issues. Joining the Youth Council is a fantastic opportunity to have your say on issues that are important to you, develop personally and also enhance your C.V. Find out more
  • ReachOut is the Youth Club in Reading for young people aged 13-18 who are LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender, or Questionning). More info on this group and how to get in touch is here
  • There are many more clubs and groups  in Berkshire that you can join - see them listed here
More ideas & useful info
  • Fancy writing a play? Reading Rep Theatre has created two drama packs which you can complete at home.  Click here
  • Audible has a whole stack of audio books free to stream
  • BBC Bitesize has videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes to help you with your studies, that can be used throughout the holidays, with schedules available online or on TV.