April has been a great month for our Whitley team – our schools work is progressing, we have been connecting with the community, and we look forward to the arrival of a new member! 



We are anticipating the arrival of our new youth and community work intern Reneta. She is joining us in late May and will be working with us for 12 months. Originally from India, she brings with her a host of knowledge and experience in youth work.

JMA – Re:start and the Reset Hub

With only three weeks left of the 16 week vocational course we’re running for some of the kids at JMA, we’re really into the final stretch!

Alongside parks and gardens staff from Reading Borough Council we’ve been teaching the kids horticultural skills at Prospect Park and other green spaces in and around Reading.

Last week they did a fantastic job of the flowerbeds in Forbury Gardens, which received praise from RBC’s head gardener who had joined us for the morning. We’ve also been to Caversham Court, and are looking forward to a final week celebratory meal at the Harvester!

At the school itself we’ve led two restorative practice training sessions for teaching. Restorative practice training sessions aim to highlight the value of applying restorative justice techniques to school life – in both pupil-pupil and teacher-pupil conflict.

Finally, we’ve started to see the bulbs we planted earlier in the year at the roundabout just outside school, sprouted and blooming. It’s so satisfying to see the work we put in with the kids earlier in the year come to fruition. It’ll be great to see the same thing at Prospect Park and Forbury Gardens over summer!

A new addition to the team – Reneta joining us!


We are anticipating the arrival of our new youth and community work intern Reneta. She is joining us in late May and will be working with us for 12 months. Joining us from India, Reneta has recently graduated with a Masters’ in Youth Justice.

She has almost raised all of the financial support she needs for the year, to the point that she’ll only need to find one day of paid work per week. Temporary accommodation has been found to help Reneta settle in; prayers will be appreciated for her quick settling in to SYC life, to find the extra income she needs, and for more long-term accommodation to be found swiftly!


This month’s community dinner at the local carvery was well attended, it was great as ever to see and catch up with our friends in the wider community over some good grub. One of the highlights this month was to be able to celebrate a birthday! Shaun is a good friend of ours, who earlier this year helped out on the Re:Start programme, teaching our kids some plumbing skills.


We also had our monthly Whitley prayer walk. Each month we try and cover different areas of the community – this time around we focused on Rabson’s Rec. It was somewhat rained off towards the end! But come rain or shine, it’s always good to (quite physically) cover our community in prayer. It really reminds us of and brings us back to what underpins the work that we do in the community. Without it we wouldn’t be here doing what we’re doing.


With only three weeks left, we are coming to the final stretch of Re:start.  The kids have done a fantastic job so far; they were even praised by the RBC’s head gardener!

Thank you all for your support and for being with us on this journey! We hope that you have enjoyed our April highlights.

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