Patrons & Ambassadors

Messages from our Patrons

Lord Bishop of Norwich - The Rt Rev Graham James

It has been my pleasure to be a Patron of OPEN Youth Trust since its formation and I am pleased to see the vision becoming a reality.

I know only too well the challenges and costs of running an old landmark building and, to continue the legacy, they have determined management, a hardworking team, strong governance and the influence of friends, old and new.

Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk - Richard Jewson

OPEN is a remarkable organisation that makes a difference to so many lives. It is organisations like OPEN and the agencies it draws in that give me great hope for the young people of Norfolk.

It is an honour to be Patron of such a vibrant, exciting and well run charity at a time when fundraising reputations are under such scrutiny.

Chief Constable - Simon Bailey

I like OPEN’s ambition that every penny of profit raised through the venue’s live music, conferences and events will fund its youth drop-in facilities.

Additionally, through programmes such as Your Life, the charity is giving young people challenged by low self-esteem, bullying or disadvantage the confidence and life-skills to find work and follow their passion.


Business Leader - Mark Jeffries

OPEN plays a vital role in providing facilities and delivering services for young people in Norfolk.

I am delighted to be able to support the energetic team there who are working so hard to deliver the benefits of education, industry and commerce working together.  There is enormous potential for the future.

Introducing our Ambassadors

Joe Crowley

BBC Presenter

I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for OPEN and can’t wait to start spreading the word about their work and sharing my experience of working in radio and television with young people living in my home city.

Alfie Hewett

British Wheelchair Tennis Player

Alfie is a confident and very popular local hero who will be an inspiration to other young people of his age.

I was thrilled to be asked to be an ambassador for OPEN and I'm looking forward to spreading the word about their work and sharing my experience with young people living in my home city.

Vicky WIlliamson

Team GB Track Cyclist

The work that OPEN does in giving young people the confidence and life skills to follow their dreams mirrors my own passion for my cycling.

As an ambassador I can draw on my experience of competing at a national level to help motivate Norwich's young people.

Sophie Wright

British Mountain Bike Champion

OPEN has already demonstrated that being an ambassador is a two way street.

I am very grateful for the support of their youth team and management in giving me a platform in social media, school talks and an open invitation to join in with the amazing activities and programme.