Community cafe Re:charge celebrates 10th birthday

Community cafe Re:charge celebrates 10th birthday

Nicola Hine

Community cafe Re:charge celebrates 10th birthday
Re:charge in Maidenhead is celebrating its 10th birthday this month

A landmark birthday is being celebrated this month by a community project which has gone 'from strength to strength'.

Re:charge is marking 10 years of helping young people, parents and families in Maidenhead who are facing difficult situations.

The cafe is run by the Christian charity The Bridge Trust. It opened in Queen Street in November 2002 before moving to King Street about six years ago.

Service manager Hilary Bone says it offers a place of safety and freedom for people affected by a variety of issues including teenage pregnancy, homelessness and relationship breakdowns.

"There's always a need for us here. And the need seems to be growing," she said. "We've gone from strength to strength."

Hilary, 51, said a large part of its work is about helping to build people's self confidence and self esteem.

An average of 80 families come through the Re:charge doors each year and last year saw about 400 young people use its youth services.

Mother-of-one Hilary, whose background is in marketing and PR, said one of the best parts of her job is 'seeing lives change'.

But she added: "It doesn't stop when you walk out the door. There are times when you go home and you have sleepless nights."

A team of eight trustees and about 25 volunteers are involved in keeping the project running, at a cost of about £100,000 per year.

Some of the money comes from local trusts and churches, but a lot of fundraising is also required.

Hilary thanked everyone for their help over the last decade, but added: "We always need more support."

As part of the celebrations, Re:charge is holding a music quiz night at St Piran's School on Saturday from 7pm. Tickets cost £12 and include a fish and chip supper.

An open evening for parents to see its youth facilities is due to take place on November 20 from 6-9pm, and an open day with coffee and cake is being organised for November 24 from 11am-4pm, both at its King Street base.

To buy tickets for the quiz or to support Re:charge call 01628 789845.

Read more about the work of Re:charge in this week's Advertiser

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