Helping Hand....

across Berkshire and Hampshire, we are united in our dedication to protecting children

WHO WE ARE

Making a difference for those who need it most in local communities

In April 2009, Spotlight started to provide free and low-cost activities for young people in Basingstoke, helping them increase confidence and self-esteem. It wasn’t long before the vision grew and founder Michaela could look to expand.  

In addition to fun activities for young people, we also provide emotional and practical support where needed – a crucial aspect of supporting mentally healthy youngsters.  

Thanks to a small army of volunteers, local business support and a growing need, we have continued to expand and now work across the following areas:

  • Basingstoke and Deane  
  • West Berkshire  
  • Reading  
  • Bracknell 
  • Hart and Rushmoor  
  • Portsmouth 
  • Gosport 
  • Havant 
  • East Hampshire 
  • Test Valley 
  • Farnham (coming soon) 
  • New Forest & Bournemouth (coming soon) 
  • Southampton (coming soon)  

We believe everyone should have a chance to fulfil their potential

Regardless of your race, religion, ability, family status or financial background, every child should be treated equally.  

We believe:

  • Each child should have chances that will allow them to flourish mentally, physically and emotionally.  
  • Each child should have opportunities to develop their confidence, self-esteem and social interaction.  
  • Each child should have access to fun activities regardless of their household income  
  • Each child should know that there are people to turn to and that they have support to guide them through life’s challenges  

As part of our work, we provide a range of inclusive activities, including after school clubs, holiday clubs, youth clubs, performing arts activities, arts & craft, sports, outdoor activities and trips. We also provide 1-2-1 emotional and practical support for young people in need.  

Welcome to Spotlight UK

Our Mission and Objectives of Spotlight UK

We work towards our objectives in every programme we run, hoping to make the world a better place and support those who need it most.
We seek to relieve the needs of children and young people, their families and carers, who are suffering from a life-limiting condition or mental or physical disability by providing equipment, activities, and respite to advance their quality and condition of life.

How we do this:  

  • Providing events, socials, free activities and treats for young people who have a parent or sibling with a disability or life-limiting condition.
  • Run inclusive activities  
  • Support anxious young people with our body positive campaign  
  • Send care packages for those struggling with their mental health  
  • Access to helplines, regular check-ins with isolated people and mentoring opportunities  
To support young people and advance their lives in regards to recreational and leisure time activities. This will be in the interests of social welfare, designed to improve the condition of life.

How we do this:  

  • Sports Projects  
  • Creative Projects  
  • Intergenerational Projects  
  • Performing Arts  
  • Youth Clubs  
  • Day Trips  
To provide support and activities that develop their skills, capacities, and capabilities to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.

How we do this:  

  • Mentoring Schemes  
  • Family Support  
To undertake any other purposes deemed charitable by England and Wales's law as the trustees shall from time to time determine.
To act as a resource for young people up to the age of 25 by providing advice, emotional support and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of: (a) advancing in life and helping young people by developing their skills, capacities, and capabilities to participate in society as independent, mature, and responsible individuals.

How we do this:  

  • Mentoring 
  • Informal educational projects by working with local schools  
  • Job Centre project in Newbury  
To provide recreational and leisure time activities in the interests of social welfare for people who need because of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty or social and economic circumstances to improve such persons' conditions of life.
Additionally, to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.

For this clause, ‘socially excluded’ means being excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of one or more of the following factors:  

  • Unemployment 
  • Financial hardship 
  • Youth or old age 
  • Ill health (physical or mental) 
  • Discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, belief, creed, sexual orientation or gender reassignment 
  • Poor educational or skills attainment 
  • Relationship and family breakdown 
  • Poor housing (that is, housing that does not meet basic habitable standards 
  • By providing emotional and practical support and advice, activities and befriending activities. 

 How we do this:  

  • Free sports activities  
  • Free creative projects 
  • Free intergenerational projects 
  • Free performing arts sessions 
  • Free youth clubs 
  • Free trips out 
  • Helplines 
  • Regular phone check-ins on those who are isolated 
  • Mentoring 
To relieve financial hardship by providing such persons with equipment and food parcels that they could not otherwise afford through lack of means.

How we do this:

  • Food Bank and donations of items such as clothes, beds, toys 
  • Christmas Toy Appeal 
  • Birthday toys for those who cannot afford them  

Meet The Team

Our work wouldn’t be possible without our excellent team, combining our staff and generous volunteers we are able to work with those across various areas to give opportunities, support and hope to those in need.  

Find out more about our team below.  

trustees

SpotlightUK-Michaela Riley

Michaela Riley

Chairman & Founder
michaela@spotlightuk.org
spotlightuk-Jamie-Riley

Jamie Riley

Secretary
jamie@spotlightuk.org

Phillip Keeble

Evadne Keeble

Dawn Andrews-Peterson

Personal Assistant to Chairman
dawn@spotlightuk.org

Management team

Helen Hooper

Community Support Worker
helen@spotlightuk.org

Charlotte Clarke

Community Engagement Manager for Mental Wellbeing
charlottec@spotlightuk.org

Karen Kemp

Community Engagement Manager for Social Welfare
karenk@spotlightuk.org

Claire Roberts

Community Engagement Manager for Performing Arts
claireroberts@spotlightuk.org

Youth Social Action Team

Jamie Weller

Marketing Lead & Youth Social Action Support
jamie.w@spotlightuk.org

Charity Shop Volunteers

spotlightuk-Tracie Cannings

Tracie Cannings

Shop Manager
tracie@spotlightuk.org

Nikki Kitchen

Charity Shop Volunteer
spotlightuk-andrea campbell

Andrea Campbell

Charity Shop Volunteer

Wendy Nemeth

Charity Shop Volunteer

Liz

Charity Shop Volunteer

Annette Whittaker

Charity Shop Volunteer

Marina Barnett

Charity Shop Volunteer

Food Bank Volunteers

Elaine Little

Foodbank Volunteer

Dawn Lenney

Foodbank Volunteer

Tom Pendrill

Foodbank Volunteer Driver

Gordon Marshall

Foodbank Volunteer Driver

Clive Whitby

Foodbank Volunteer Driver

Heidi Wadsworth

Foodbank Volunteer Driver

Manny

Foodbank Volunteer Driver

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