July has been a busy month for the Whitley team. As we come to the end of the school term, we celebrate community, fun and new skills this month has brought!

End of the school term

In the last few weeks of term we’ve had members of the local community come in to connect with the kids we are working closely with.

Stockton Rd street party
We helped run some games and activities at the Stockton Rd street party on Sunday 23rd June. It was great fun playing games with the kids, getting to know our community, and eating a wide variety of food that people had brought along –culminating in singing the Hokey Cokey!
The weather even held out until right at the very end! It was great to see so many people from the street come out, enjoy time together and get to know each other on a Sunday afternoon.

It was also the first outing of SYC’s new Community Events Trailer. Packed with essential festival and games equipment – it is available for use for local community-gathering events.

Joint Service

On Sunday 7th July, St Barnabas Church hosted a South Reading Churches United service. Bringing together St Agnes / St Paul’s / St Barnabas, Christ the King RCC, Tyndale Baptist Church, The Well, and Reading Family Church. Worship was led by Aaron Dolding and there was a lively set from Mountains of Fire Ministries. Leon Collyer brought us the word, in his final weeks as St APB’s vicar. It’s always wonderful to see Christians of varying denominations and backgrounds come together to pray and worship under one roof. Church leaders came together at the end of the service to pray over Leon as he steps into a new chapter of his ministry.

End of term at school

In the last few weeks of term, we’ve had members of the local community coming in to connect with the kids we are working closely with. A friend of ours came in to teach them bread-making (a business of hers). Each made a loaf and some cheesy scones to snack on and to take home (which were delicious!). Another friend came in for a day with her 6 month old – we work mostly with boys, and they were entranced by the baby. Playing with her quietly and gently, not words you generally associate with teenage boys!

In the final week of term, we visited Visa’s Reading headquarters with some of the kids we’ve been working with. In previous weeks some of the Visa staff have been visiting school for sessions – teaching them how games are designed and produced.
This week we got to see where they work, checking out the friendly atmosphere they work in, having a go with some programmable robots, and seeing their well-stocked break and games rooms! A couple of the boys expressed interest in doing work experience with them next year, which was so encouraging.

Festival Trailer

We celebrated the first outing of SYC’s new Community Events Trailer. Packed with essential festival and games equipment, it is available for use by local community-gathering events.

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

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