MY Trust (our newly merged organisation of Medway Youth Trust and Young Kent) will be officially moving offices from Monday 4th December.
Our building on New Road has been delivering careers and youth services under various contracts and different names for over 30 years. But now, in December 2017 we will be waving goodbye to New Road and heading to a new location in Chatham. The building in the centre of Chatham has seen many changes over the years and we were recently mentioned on the Medway Through Time Facebook page showing where the building is just right of the image in 1986.
Over 30 years, the building has delivered and offered young people information, advice and guidance and run programmes and services to help develop and prepare all young people in Medway for their futures. Services have included literacy and numeracy support, employability qualifications, a matching service with training providers, employer engagement services, stop smoking advice, sex and healthy relationship advice, drugs and alcohol advice, job hunting workshops, CV writing workshops, travel training, close work with the local job centre, advice for young carers, support for young parents, advice for people with special educational needs, and social action programmes both locally and internationally. You name it we did it!
But it’s not the end…
Just because we are moving location, it doesn’t mean that our support to young people has stopped. In 2017 alone, we have seen many changes and successes to the services we deliver including a name and branding change from Medway Youth Trust to MY Trust. This was to include the merge with another well-established charity, Young Kent at the end of August.
To summarise, MY Trust continues to deliver an important and ever evolving and increasing range of programmes, services and support to young people and those working with young people, including:
Prince’s Trust Study Programme – A 12 week study programme for young people aged 16 – 25 who are not in education, employment or training
The Medway/Kent Study Programme – A 15 week personal development programme for people ages 16 – 18 who are not in education, employment or training based in Medway and Maidstone
National Citizen Service – For young people aged 16 and 17 (whether in school, college, work or unemployed) gain new skills, challenge themselves, gain confidence and improve their CV whilst doing something positive in the community. In Medway and Lewes (East Sussex)
TrustCareers – Careers service for schools, academies and colleges to bring impartial careers information and advice to students across the South East
Youth & Employability Service (East Sussex) – supporting vulnerable young people living in East Sussex into or maintaining learning and employment.
MY Young Kent – Supporting a network of affiliated youth clubs to ensure safe and quality youth provision across the whole of Kent and Medway
Me2 – Peer Inclusion programme that supports young people with additional needs access mainstream youth clubs across Kent and Medway
MOTIVISE – 1:1 and group support to progress young people into education, employment or training delivered across Medway and areas of Kent
Careers and Enterprise Cloud – directly linking local, national and international STEM employers to schools in Medway and the surrounding areas to inspire students to develop skills needed for the future workforce
PETE – European funded research project to consult with young people, employers and youth professionals and to develop and test toolkit to effectively support young people’s progression
International Opportunities – MY Trust continue to deliver intercultural and international youth exchange projects for staff and young people
One thing that has not changed is that MY Trust continues to actively promotes Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and believes that every child and young person has the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously. We continue to hold monthly Youth Forums and involve young people in all our recruitment processes.
Location, location, location…
Our new location in Chatham will solely act as a head office base and will not be open to the public or run any youth programmes from this address. You can find our new head office address and contact number on our ‘Contact us’ page. (To be updated). Our new contact number is 01634 959090.
Instead, our youth programme delivery such as the Prince’s Trust and Medway Study Programmes, NCS and our Youth Forum will run in various locations across Medway. This information will be updated on our website in January.
Our base for The Kent Programme will run from 36 Hedley Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5AD.
You may need to get an appointment to speak to an adviser about one of these programmes. Call us to find out more.
So why change?
Our building was put up for sale last year and now 205 – 217 New Road will be converted into residential dwellings. However, we felt that this was also a perfect time for a change in location as our services to young people had expanded in recent years throughout the Southeast. We had begun working in areas all over East Sussex and the rest of Kent as well as Medway. It made sense that we took this opportunity to rethink, re-brand and expand. The new base in Chatham is a direct and quick link into Maidstone, the centre of Kent.
We hope you have enjoyed your journey with us so far and we’re looking forward to our new home and our new future.