Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has welcomed news that Me2 Club will be widening its geographical reach to include Whitley.
Me2 Club is a charity that enables children and young people with additional needs to access mainstream activities. This is made possible by providing a trained one to one volunteer to support them at their activity each week.
At the meeting, Alok met with Me2 Club Chief Executive, Tess Eagles, and Fundraising Development Officer, Liz McDaniel, who explained that the charity’s young people are currently accessing a wide variety of activities including uniformed groups, swimming, drama and football.
Tess also explained that each year, the charity organises residential trips for its young people and their volunteers. This provides the families with valuable respite whilst at the same time, allows young people to experience new activities in a safe and supported environment.
Currently, only those children living in the Wokingham Borough can benefit from Me2 Club. However, Tess explained that Me2 Club is about to include 5 Reading Borough wards into its remit, including Whitley in Alok’s constituency.
In 2011, Me2 Club was awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work down in their communities.
Alok Sharma said: ‘It was great to learn more about Me2 Club and I am delighted that Me2 Club will soon be supporting children in my constituency. I will be working with the charity to help garner support from local businesses for their work.”
Me2 Club Chief Executive Tess Eagles said: “I am grateful to Alok for taking the time to meet with Me2 Club. We look forward to supporting children and their families in 5 wards in the Reading Brough in the near future.”
Photo: Me2 Club Fundraising Development Office Liz McDaniel, Alok Sharma MP, Me2 Club Chief Executive Tess Eagles