New Milton Youth Trust, a new local charity for youth services, was incorporated by the Charity Commission on the 16th December 2019 as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registered Charity Number 1186952). The main objects of this new charity are as follows:
“The objects of the CIO are to advance in life and address the needs of all people aged 0 to 25 years old resident in New Milton and its surrounding areas via recreational, leisure and experiential learning activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve conditions of life while providing support and activities which help develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals”
It was necessary to form the charity after the town’s main youth building (Phoenix Centre) was re-purposed by Hampshire County Council, leaving no alternative but to seek a new facility. The need for a replacement Youth Centre has been clearly identified particularly with the impact of youth budget cuts over recent years. To ensure long-term sustainability with the benefit of charitable status when seeking funding, New Milton Youth Trust was formed in order to run and manage such as an independent organisation. Any future building will now belong to the trust, thereby securing a youth facility for the town.
The plan is for the recently appointed trustees to meet with other organisations providing youth services within the town. The Youth Trust recognises the need to appoint more trustees from the wider community, especially younger members aged 18-25. Also, continued engagement with the young people of New Milton will ensure the trust is meeting their needs, and that they can be involved in decisions about youth provision.
The Phoenix Centre was first opened by Sir Richard Branson in 1987 in honour of his grandfather who founded the first youth centre in the town. New Milton Youth Trust are hoping to secure appropriate land for a new youth building early in the summer of 2020, with financial support from local authorities towards this. As a charity developing various events/facilities around the town, the NMYT project brief is “to address the needs and improve the life of young people in New Milton generally, through the provision of activities for personal and social development”
With this in mind, a number of fundraising events will be organised by New Milton Youth Trust, the main one being a Youth Music & Cultural Festival on Saturday 11th July on the main Recreation Ground in the centre of the town. For further information about New Milton Youth Trust and its future aims and activities, please contact Silma Ramsaywack, Youth Services Manager on 01425 619120, or contact New Milton Youth Trust at the Town Hall, 2 Ashley Road, New Milton Hampshire BH25 6JB.
Chair of Trustees
6 February 2020