By Taz Virdee
Two years ago we started our Kids Fun Club, a project led by parent volunteers at the Brabazon Community Centre. Eventually due to the popularity of the sessions, we moved to a bigger space at Berkeley Academy. In the past year we have engaged with 23 children including 8 parents and many of the children have also given up their time to give back to the community by volunteering for the Big Local. Each week we provide children with freshly prepared fruit, drinks and a few snacks. The children spend the first past of the session learning Spanish in a creative and fun way. They sing, dance and play games to help enhance their learning. After the Spanish, we play multi-sports led by our young volunteers – Mario Zapata and Biansha Kapoor. The club was founded by Alexandra Montoya, she has been incredible in leading the sessions for the last two years as a dedicated volunteer.
"We hope to continue on to next year with help of parent volunteers. We just love our little community of young future volunteers.” Alexandra Montoya
Alexandra said: “Kids Fun Club is a place where kids lay off some steam after a long week of hard work in the classroom, we have between 21 to 23 kids attending on a regular basis and they all love the fact we get to play games, sports and learn Spanish through songs. We hope to continue on to next year with help of parent volunteers. We just love our little community of young future volunteers.”
We encourage children and parents to volunteer for the Big Local and this year we've had 11 children, their siblings and parents help us at two community clean up days and also our mural on the Redwood Estate.
Our Kids Fun Club runs every Fridays 3.30-4.30pm at Berkeley Academy during term-time. If you would like to volunteer and support our Kids Fun Club please get in touch.