What we do
COVID-19 Update – As most of you will be aware activities like uniform groups, sports groups, swimming lessons etc. have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. To follow the government guidelines regarding working from home and reducing social contact, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend all home visits, activity visits, family events and the Me2 Club Team will be working remotely.
We understand it will be a difficult time for our parents and families, please consider joining our Facebook Parent Forum as we can use this as a tool to support each other and swap general tips of how we are all coping in these austere times. Please note all staff are still working and available via email and mobile phones.
The purpose of Me2 Club is to tackle the social isolation and loneliness caused by exclusion from mainstream activities. Working with our volunteers we transform the lives of children with additional needs and their families, ensuring ‘Inclusion for All’.
The children we support have a variety of additional needs so can find it difficult to join in. To overcome this, we recruit and train volunteer ‘buddies’ who befriend each individual child.
With our help children can join in with a wide range of fun activities including sports clubs, drama groups, giving chances to build independence and vital life and social skills.
In 2019 we announced that Me2 Club is moving from a Wokingham Borough charity to a Berkshire charity, starting initially with Reading Borough. Following extensive research and planning, in November 2019 we began a phased expansion into Reading Borough, initially accepting applications from the 5 wards of Church, Katesgrove, Park, Redlands,and Whitley. In March 2020 we made the exciting decision to expand further and are now accepting applications from Abbey, Battle, Minster, Norcot and Southcote. In the future we want to work with families throughout the Reading Borough so please get in touch to register your interest as this will help with our planning process.
In addition to a ‘buddy’ at an activity, Me2 Club children are also given the opportunity to come on our ‘Days Away’, ‘Weekends Away’ and the ‘Teenage meet up’ with their Me2 Club volunteer. These are an opportunity for the young person and their volunteer to spend more time together, build a stronger relationship and for everyone to take part in lots of exciting activities.
We also run an Easter, Summer and Christmas party each year for our Me2 Club young people, their families and volunteers. These are another opportunity for families and volunteers to spend time together in a friendly and non-judgemental environment, whilst having lots of fun.
To find out more, please click the links and visit our events page to see upcoming trips and party dates.
“The Me2 Club is a valued resource within Wokingham, and is well respected and liked by parents and carers within the borough. Wokingham Children’s Services have worked with the Me2 Club for a number of years, and often signpost families to their support services where we feel that it will add value to the work we undertake with disabled children. We are pleased to work with the Me2 Club, and value the contribution they make to the lives of disabled children and communities within the borough.”
Carol Cammiss, Director of Children’s Services, Wokingham Borough Council.
Me2 Club is one the preferred short breaks providers in the Wokingham Borough. All the preferred providers have been vetted by Wokingham Borough Council to ensure that they have experience in providing the service, with adequate staff, skills and knowledge. We are one of 5 local providers in the borough with this 'seal of approval' from Wokingham Borough Council. You can find the Preferred Provdiers List (PPL) here.
In 2011 Me2 Club was very proud to be awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The Queen's Award is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.
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