THE TRUST TODAY provides grants each year to charities and
community groups in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire to
help them make a positive difference to the lives of the vulnerable and
disadvantaged children with whom they work.
Turners Court Youth Trust believes that all children and young people
have a right to learn, grow, develop and reach their full potential.
The Trust wishes to enable disadvantaged and vulnerable children and
young people to overcome the barriers they experience in achieving
educational and life success.
It is essential that all grant applications share these beliefs and values
and reflect the Trust’s charitable objects, which are:
To provide and assist in the provision, care and support for
children and young people (23 years and under) with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
To advance the education of children and young people so as to
develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacities to enable
them to grow to full maturity as individuals and members of
society, in particular but not exclusively, those children and young
people with emotional or behavioural problems.
THE FIRST 80 YEARS
Turners Court Youth Trust is a well-established children’s charity with a long and distinguished history. For over 100 years the Trust has provided direct services for disadvantaged children and young people.
The charity was originally established in 1909 at Turners Court, near Wallingford, Oxfordshire, which provided training in agriculture for unemployed and unemployable young men.
Since those early days nearly a century ago, Turners Court Youth Trust has seen many changes in the social services sector. It has
up-dated and adapted its programme of support to meet the needs of an ever-changing society.
A book has been written by Christopher Sladen about Turners Court earlier days and is available on Amazon:
Oxfordshire Colony: Turners Court Farm School, Wallingford, 1911-1991
MORE RECENTLY the charity became a community resource aiming to prevent the development of social exclusion. It successfully invested in the development of three main programmes, all of which have been widely used:
PARENTS AS FIRST TEACHERS
an early intervention programme providing parenting education and support for parents of children from 0-5 years.
READING LINKS PROJECT
which provides direct support for vulnerable children aged 5 - 12 and their families in Reading Primary Schools.
READING CHILDREN’S FUND
a national, Government-funded initiative, which provides services for disadvantaged children and young people between the
ages of 5-13.