We love having Chapter2 as part of our Connect Reading community! Andrea Smith, Operations Manager at Chapter2, took some time to answer our questions and tell us a bit more about Chapter2.
Chapter2 is a mentoring charity based in Reading. We train male mentors from churches and the community and pair them with boys aged 7-16 who are growing up without a father or father figure with the aim of building long-term relationships and providing positive male role models. The boys are referred to us by schools, social services and families themselves.
What was your biggest challenge last year?
What have you learned?
I’ve grown so much in my understanding of the impact of trauma on us all – and am helping Chapter2 to develop a trauma informed approach in all we do. The power of consistent, caring, safe relationships (in our case between adult male mentors and boys growing up without a father figure) can bring hope and can help to heal past trauma. I find this so exciting and motivating.
What has been your biggest creative triumph as an organisation?
What are you most looking forward to?
We have recently employed two new staff, Claire Brown our Office Manager and Pete Willmot, Project Manager. I’m looking forward to working together as a team and the creativity that will no doubt spark. As a relatively new charity I’m excited about how we grow and develop what we are doing.