Safe meeting place for estranged families celebrates 21 years of bringing people together

A meeting place for children of separated families to enjoy contact with one (or both) parents is celebrating its 21st anniversary.

St John’s and St Stephen’s Contact Centre provides a comfortable and safe environment for family meetings when there is no viable alternative. It is run by teams of volunteers and it was started 21 years ago in 1992 and has been open two Sunday afternoons per month ever since.

The Centre, which is affiliated to and accredited by the National Association of Child Contact Centres (, marked its birthday with a party at The Warehouse in East Reading.

Special guests were Elizabeth Coe, Acting CEO of NACCC and Sharon Grenham Toze who started St John’s and St Stephen’s Contact Centre.

Long service awards were presented to 14 volunteers who between them have given 180 years of volunteering, including Carol and Chris Meunier who have been volunteering from the start.