During Christmas week, our committee members were invited to spend the afternoon at Coley Park Community Centre with the founder and leader of Grassrootz charity, Kelvin Husbands, as well as some of the Grassrootz volunteers and the young people they work with.
As a thank you for the support they have received from Reading Family Aid’s Toys and Teens appeal this Christmas, Grassrootz organised a wonderful afternoon of homemade cakes, teas and coffees and board games. Five of our committee members attended and a wonderful time was had by all.
The Grassrootz team told us about the weekly youth clubs they run (in Whitley, Caversham Park Village and Coley Park) and their mentorship programme, whereby the older teenagers mentor the more junior members. It was clear to us that Grassrootz’ role in the personal and professional development of Reading’s young people is what makes it so special.
Grassrootz has been supported by Reading Family Aid in the past with toys and equipment for the children at their junior youth clubs, and we were thrilled to be able to help again this year.
Now, more than ever, young people need support and both Reading Family Aid and Grassrootz work with the aim of putting smiles on children’s and teenagers' faces.
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