Dancers on stage

The OPEN Youth Trust received charitable status in 2005 and exists exclusively to benefit young people by creating sustainable services and facilities. We are proud to be based at the OPEN Venue located in the centre of Norwich which has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Community Build Award’ in the world. The Trust uses the venue to generate sustainable revenue streams which include OPEN Conference, Live Music & CLOSED Secure Storage to provide our youth services.

The OPEN Youth Trust also manage the SOS Bus Project.

As a charity we aim to:

1. To advance the education of young people up to the age of 25 including vocational training and training in life skills.

2. To promote for the benefit for such young people provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving their quality of life.

3. The relief of sickness and the preservation of good health amongst young people in Norwich without prejudice to the generality of the forgoing amongst young people up to the age of 25.


As a Trust we are motivated to provide opportunities for the 13-25 year age group, including those who are most disadvantaged, with the longer term aim of making a positive difference to the lives of young people in Norfolk.  The OPEN Youth Trust currently aims to deliver programmes for young people within the fields of:

  • Creative Arts & Media
  • Sports, Fitness & Health
  • Politics, Youth Parliament & Public Debating
  • Education & Training
  • Careers, Employment & Business Development

If you would like to get more involved with the programmes OPEN offers check out our volunteering page.

Frank and Mike singing