Barbara Souster was a youth worker based in Islip, Northamptonshire. She devoted much of her life to supporting a group of young people she called the ‘Guild of St Nicholas’ and they met in the shadow of the village church of the same name.
Barbara was a woman of faith and helped young people explore questions of faith and involvement in the local church. She also took her group away to the seaside each year and supported them as they reached adulthood in many ways.
Arthur Souster (Barbara’s father) had worked in the marketing department at Weetabix. During the course of his work he was rewarded with company shares. When Barbara inherited these shares and was later made an offer to sell them, she set up a trust fund so that young people would continue to benefit from her resources. This legacy was used to help set up The Souster Youth Trust in June 2015.
Jason Royce was appointed as the Director and began work in February 2016, shortly followed by the rest of the team.
We have established ‘Souster Youth’ as a charity working in local schools to support the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of young people. We also work closely with churches and community organisations to help youth ministry flourish in East Northamptonshire.
In December 2017, Thrapston Methodist Church was purchased to be used as a permanent base for our work. We intend to use the building as it currently stands whilst we fundraise for an extensive refurbishment and modernisation.