Thames Valley American Women's Club

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TVAWC Nominated Charity

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From October 2009 until October 2011 the charity supported by the TVAWC is re:charge run by The Bridge Trust Thames Valley.

You can find out more at www.bridgetrust.org.uk or email the TVAWC Charity Liason person

What re:charge does:

The Bridge Trust Thames Valley runs re:charge, a drop-in facility in Maidenhead town centre. Since November 2002 we have provided services for teenage and young parents (18-25yrs) and young people (11-18 yrs) who face challenging circumstances. Our mission is to help young people in Maidenhead find hope for the future by encouraging their community to provide role models, friends, facilities and activities to help them make positive choices, form strong relationships, build confidence and discover talents. We’re working towards Maidenhead being known as a great place to grow up!

We open from 10am to 3pm three days a week for young parents and from 6pm to 9pm twice a week for young people, with a full programme of events over the school holidays. We see up to 20 families a week in our daytime sessions many of which face issues such as domestic violence, drug abuse and housing problems. We regularly see between 30 and 50 young people at our evening sessions. We work closely with other agencies such as Connexions, the Pupil Referral Unit, the Drug and Alcohol Team and the Youth Offending Team to identify young people who may benefit from our services. in November 2001 at the tender age of just four years.

Support Re:Charge

We would welcome support in raising funds and raising the profile of re:charge in Maidenhead. As a small independent charity we are reliant on the generosity of the local community to continue our services. We also have the following opportunities for people to get involved in delivering our services.

Volunteer jobs - Three different ways you can help

1. Volunteer in our young parents sessions/youth sessions. Whatever time you have spare we can use and training will be given. Volunteers daytime sessions: Tues – Thurs anytime between 10am and 3pm Volunteers youth evenings: Tues or Fri 6 – 9 pm

2. Volunteer in office administration – It would release our staff to add more value if we could find some people who might be able to give a few hours every month to help with some admin jobs (volunteer coordination, organising youth activities, mailing news letters). We could also do with some admin support for the trustees, taking minutes at meetings etc if anyone was interested in that. Training would be given as well.

3. Teaching - Both our young parents and young people enjoy learning new things. A few years ago we ran some really good workshops, ranging from jewellery making, cake decorating to a session with a life coach. If any of your members have skills that they would be confident to pass onto others we’d love to see if we could repeat something like this again.

Lucy Pettit

Chairperson of Bridge Trust Thames Valley

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