We love having Tilehurst Junior Youth Club as a part of our Connect Reading community. Peter Capel, Committee Chairman, took some time to answer some questions and tell us a bit more about the organisation.
We run a youth club for children aged 8 to 12 years and meet on Friday evening’s from 7pm – 9.30pm at the Tilehurst Youth and Community Centre which is situated above the Co-op at the Tilehurst Triangle. The club is largely managed by an elected group of parents, volunteers and people living in the Tilehurst Community.
Why did you join Connect Reading?
To enhance our profile within the Reading community, reach out for new volunteers to bring new ideas to the youth club so we can continue to provide our service to the local community for many more years to come.
What was your biggest challenge last year?
Not being able to open. Although we’ve been operating for over 40 years, it really is like starting again and we don’t know what the future holds and whether people will return post COVID.
What have you learned over the past year?
Don’t take anything for granted and that we have some wonderful committed volunteers who are passionate about the youth club and the local community.
What has been your biggest creative triumph as an organisation?
Our one and only employee Dennis Morgan started at the club in 1978 and continues to bring his passion and energy to every session, dedication that was rewarded in 2018 with a Pride of Reading award.
What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?
Getting back to what we do, providing a safe place for children to hang out with friends and explore new activities.