Young people’s zone

We may be called Brighter Futures for Children but that doesn’t mean we don’t support young people – we provide lots of services for anyone aged 13+ too.

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 (all year round!)
  • 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, watersports or basketball, 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 which includes lots of relevant info for young people here

Things to do summer 2021

Over the summer holidays, Reading has plenty of activities and clubs for young people. You can find out what’s happening in your area here.

Our Youth Service teams

Look out for our youth workers around your community each week and chat with them about any local support or services:

  • Monday: between 2pm-6pm, Hexham & surrounding areas
  • Tuesday: between 2pm-6pm, Southcote & Coley
  • Wednesday: between 2pm-6pm, South Reading & surrounding areas
  • Thursday: between 2pm-6pm, Southcote & Coley
  • Friday: between 2pm-6pm, Whitley Wood & Kennett Island areas

Get cycling!

We’re supporting a great new weekly fun bike ride in Reading – come join us every Thursday from 5-7pm at Southcote Community Hub. Email:

3-on-3 basketball tournament

It's time to bring your team and skills to the court! Are you ball skills good enough? Come to Cintra Park basketball courts on 26 July and take part in our 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Summer bike and scooter festival

Join us at the track with your bike or scooter for a fun community event. The event takes place on 25 August at Long Barn Lane Cycle Track at 2-5pm and there's no need to book!

Also, make sure to check out @readingyoungpeople on Instagram to keep up-to-date with local services or info.

  • Princes Trust runs lots of exciting, free programmes and courses - see here for more info
  • Berkshire Maestros runs a number of courses where you can learn how to play different instruments. See here for more info.
  • Groundworks has a new, free programme for any young person wanting to bring about positive environmental change in their local community - see its website here
  • Check out more things going on at What's on Reading, including online events and various courses 
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 its website.
Groups to join
  • Reading Youth Council is 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 while developing personally and enhancing your C.V. Find out more
  • ReachOut is our 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.