Charity welcomes MP for Chips and Chat

Alok Sharma MP shows off his woodwork skills

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, on Saturday December 6, 2014, spoke at the launch of ‘Chips and Chat’ a new project being run by local charity Christian Community Action.

Christian Community Action (CCA) is a Reading charity committed to helping local people in need by offering a listening and signposting service at support centres across Reading and by providing good quality second hand furniture to those that cannot afford basic items.

The new project aims to bring men from across the community together to share life experiences and build friendships while making DIY furniture. The furniture, which will mostly be made using broken or off-cuts of wood, will be given to clients or will be sold in CCA’s furniture outlet in Silver Street or at craft markets.

Alok gave a speech at the official launch of the programme, in which he praised CCA for all the work they do in Reading to help those in need.

Alok Sharma said: “I was very pleased to be invited to attend the launch of Christian Community Action’s Chips and Chat project. Christian Community Action are one of many excellent faith-based groups based in Reading that do so much for our local community and are the very lifeblood of civic society in our town.”

Mireille Haviland, Community Relationship Manager and Fundraiser at Christian Community Action said: “The Warehouse provides our core service – it happens in the background and is so often unseen. That is why it is so exciting to gather here today to celebrate the launch of this new project and see it in action. I am so excited by that fact that our clients can receive hand crafted items made by volunteers. We would like to thank Alok for his support for our work as well as the Berkshire Community Foundation who stepped in at the last minute to fund the project.”