We are so excited to share an update on #ReadingYoungPeoplesHub including news of new fundraising support from the local community, more young voices heard and plans announced for our Fundraising Gala Ball in April!
£6,420 raised for the Hub!
Stuart and Amanda Stephens, the parents of Olly Stephens who tragically lost his life in January 2021 through violence that escalated on social media and resulted in knife crime, have shown their support for Reading Young People’s Hub by raising £2,200 for its development through an angling event for young people.
We were further honoured by the approval of a £2,200 match funding application from the John Sykes Foundation, who are long-term supporters of No5, and who recently donated a COVID-19 Relief Fund Grant which was utilised for No5’s 50th Anniversary Creative Expressive Wellbeing Project.
Stuart and Amanda also made the decision to donate £2,020 from the Olly Stephens GoFundMe account, set up by Billy Baker, when Olly was taken.
This has meant another £6,420 has been raised by partners across the community towards Reading Young People’s Hub!
Read the full press release to hear more from The John Sykes Foundation and Stuart and Amanda Stephens here!
In early March, we ran 2 focus group sessions with young people from New Meaning, a local alternative provision, to hear their ideas and visions for Reading Young People’s Hub!
These focus groups bought new ideas for about the design of the building, what activities young people would like to be on offer and how the space should be used such as charing points for e-bikes and workshop events dedicated to different skills. They also shared other key ideas, themes and activities which have been shared across all the groups of young people we have engaged with.
Upcoming: Reading Young People’s Hub Gala Ball
On Saturday 22nd of April, we will be hosting a Fundraising Gala Bball at the Hilton Hotel, Reading to raise funds for the Hub!
You’ll be treated to a delicious 3 course meal, and live music, whilst hearing directly from local young people about the impact the Hub will have on their lives.
The black tie evening will also include an auction, raffle, and the opportunity to ‘buy-a-brick’ for the Hub – making a lasting impact on the young people of our community.
If you would like to join us on the night, everything you need to purchase your ticket can be found here!
We thank you for your support and we are looking forward to seeing you for what promises to be, a very entertaining evening on the 22nd of April.
If you can’t be there to join us, and would still like to support Reading Young People’s Hub, we will be holding a raffle and auction and donations of prizes would be greatly appreciated. Please get in touch if you would like to make a donation. All donors will be publicly acknowledged at the event.