A CHARITY that helps struggling families get everything they need for their babies welcomed Reading East MP Rob Wilson to its new offices.
First Days Wokingham, which launched last year, takes donated baby and toddler clothes, equipment, furniture and toys so it can redistribute them to families in need.
It has received so many donations over the past year that it has needed to find larger office and storage space. Since February, it has been working from the Family Resource Centre in Woodley’s Headley Road East. The new site gives the team, which includes several volunteers, space to store and prepare donations as well as providing office space to meet with clients.
To celebrate the move, First Days CEO Emma Cantrell invited Rob Wilson, MP for Reading East, to look round the premises and learn more about the work that First Days does to support local families.
Emma said: “It’s been fantastic showing Rob our storerooms and offices and learning about everything we’re doing at First Days Wokingham.”
“We’ve seen huge growth over the past year, going from helping our first Mum last year to over 200 families and collected more than 600 donations.”
Rob said: “I’m impressed with how the charity has been set up and got to the stage where it is in a very short space of time. It’s got very dedicated volunteers and the charity is growing.
“One of the reason I wanted to come down was to show my support and find out a bit more. I’m very happy to support it and get behind it.
“This is a great way of reusing and provide everything they want and need for newborn children. It’s a great charity that’s going places.”
If you need help, Emma says you need to be referred.
“Speak to your social services housing officer and ask to be referred to First Days,” she explained. “You can also log on to our website, firstdays.net. We have anything you could possibly need for children under five.”