At Ashford Youth Trust we are committed to encouraging and benefitting the young people of Ashford by supporting local youth organisations. Started in 2019, the trust was formulated by joining the strength of two previous youth charities; Ashford Youth Forum and Ashford Youth Centres’ Charities. Since merging the charities, we have benefitted from the collaboration of trustees’ ideas and enthusiasm. We aim to support an ethos of excellence in youth work, encouraging youth services to think innovatively to broaden the horizons of young people and inspire them to challenge themselves with new experiences. Ashford Youth Trust provides regular funding to youth organisations in Ashford through a fair bidding process. You can find dates for the latest deadlines and application criteria on our Grants page.

Meet the Trustees

Our trustees have a wealth of experience in youth work and have worked with youth organisations including local authorities, charities and community interest companies (CIC’s) for many years. Each of us has a personal connection to improving the opportunities for young people in Ashford.


Paul Barron

Effective leadership balanced with empowerment is important in youth work.
Purposeful activity is often the route to success.


Derek Smyth


Katy Ovenden

I am the borough councillor for Little Burton and Conningbrook and I am pleased to support our future generation as a trustee for AYT.


Euan Anckorn

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I grew up in Ashford and now as Borough Councillor for Furley Ward I want to support and enable great youth work in Ashford.


Richard Eason

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Mike Walters

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I wish to see the youth of Ashford Borough given the opportunity to reach their potentials. AYT has an important part to play.


Laura Pritchard

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