08:05AM, Sunday 10 August 2014
A support charity is able to reach out to families across the town thanks in part to a donation from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust.
Revive and Restore run three sessions every week where families can come and enjoy time together.
The group rose from the ashes of the re:charge cafe in Queen Street, which closed in April 2013. The service provided help for families and a place for them to meet up and relax. It closed due to high costs of £120,000 a year.
In October 2013 Hannah Lucas launched Revive and Restore (R & R), which hosts pop-up sessions three days a week. It costs around £35,000 a year to run.
The Louis Baylis Trust, which receives about 80 per cent of the Advertiser's profits, has given R&R £3,000 grant towards running costs.
The group hosts a drop-in every Tuesday at Larchfield Community Centre in Desborough Park, another on Wednesdays at St Peter's Church in Church Road and one on Thursdays at the Quaker Meeting House in West Street.
Hannah, 38, was a young mum herself and knows the challenges which families can face.
Visitors to the sessions can drop by, have a cup of tea, and play with their children.
Hannah, who lives in Cookham, said: "It's all about building up relationships with families in local communities and identifying needs in that community."
"We offer facilities for families to come in and interact with their children in ways they might not want to do at home, like messy play."
This, Hannah explained, could include art and crafts activities which families are unable to do at home.
The mum-of-three added: "I hated getting paints out at home because it would mean they are going to trash the place!"
The service, which has 12 volunteers, can also help with health, relationship and housing problems.
On Tuesday, August 24 youngsters tackled an assault course outside Larchfield Community Centre in Desborough Park. They raised £114 for R&R.
A nearly new clothes sale has been organised on Tuesday at Larchfield Community Centre between 11am and 3pm.
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