The OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN) is a charity based in Norwich which relies on grant funding and donations from trusts, companies and individuals to raise the funds needed to support our work with young people.
OPEN was established in 2005 to provide opportunities for young people in Norfolk, including those who are most disadvantaged, with the longer term aim of making a positive difference to their lives.
The late childhood and teenage years are critical periods of growth and change. During these years young people make important life choices and decisions. They also try new things and need space to learn from their failures and mistakes. Most young people make the transition to adulthood successfully with the support of their parents and schools/colleges. However, some young people require help from youth workers and other services to get the support and opportunities they need. In particular young people growing up in areas of disadvantage can benefit from additional support. This is where we come in.
The charity, based in the heart of Norwich, is located in a Grade II listed, multi-purpose venue which provides live music, venue hire for conferences, meetings and events as well as being home to a cafe, climbing wall, dance studio, gym and CLOSED secure storage.
The profit from all commercial activities enables the charity to offer a diverse range of different activities, most of which are free to attend, for young people aged 7 – 25.
OPEN’s aims are to provide diverse and innovative ways to engage young people with focus on four key areas: participation, learning, employability and progression. All four underpin the way in which we engage with young people.
We seek flexible solutions that are adaptable to the evolving landscape of young people including their varied attitudes, backgrounds, interests and behaviours.
Both the way we work and our culture is underpinned by our core values: passion, respect, community, diversity and inspiration. These values help provide support, resources and processes that will enable our individual teams to work together and deliver life changing opportunities.