A team of O2 staff have been out raising awareness about the work of community projects in local Reading businesses. The aim is create a supporting link between the projects and their surrounding environment

A team of employees including the South East business sales team have already gone into businesses and talked about projects in their local area and gathering donations.

O2 people are out to highlight the work of three community projects in particular. All of whom work with young people in the area to combat anti social activity by providing a safe place to go. At Churchend Primary School a garden development project is being undertaken to transform a former dump into an outdoor learning space, Readipop is a music initiative for young people, and My World a playgroup on Gloucester Road. The projects are all previous awardees of O2’s community outreach programme Its Your Community, where all three received a £1,000 award to help kick-start their respective initiatives.

Ann Fowler, project leader for the My World is said to be happy with the help received from O2, ““It is the Gloucester Road Playgroup’s 35th anniversary in 2009, and we have been instrumental to the social and educational development of thousands of local children over the years. It is therefore very timely to be recognized by O2.”

Helen Parker, Head of Community at O2 said, “O2 is proud to be helping to rally support for these local projects. We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing what a positive difference these projects have made in their local community and by using our resources, we can maximise local awareness to help steer the projects through this touch economic time and gain more support for the great work they do”

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