Tea in the park for W4 Youth club opening day

Image above: (left to right) Marchelle Chacatté, Rachel Clare, Aliche Clare, Sally Chacatté at the W4 Youth stall at Chiswick’s Coronation Flower Market

New W4 Youth Hub in Southfield Recreation Ground set for 20 May opening date

W4 Youth have invited Chiswick’s residents to celebrate the opening of their W4 Youth Hub in Southfield Recreation Ground with  Tea in the Park on 20 May from 2.00pm to 6.00pm.

W4 Youth have been raising awareness for the Hub’s opening online and at Chiswick Flower Market, where their dance troupe have performed and they have had a stall.

Trustees including Southfield ward councillor Gary Malcolm will be joining the tea party and celebrity guests are expected.

Chiswick artists, Aliche & Erire, will be entertaining people during the afternoon and Rocks Lane sports centre will be hosting hosting a 5-a-side football tournament from 2.30pm onwards.

Images above: (left to right) W4 Youth alumni and artists Aliche and Erire

Young people need ‘somewhere good to go and somewhere safe to be’

Recalling the inspiration for starting W4 Youth, Sally Chacatté, Founder and Chair, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“It all came from when my eldest son, who is now 27 who was at school with Aliche, unfortunately had a situation where he was shot in the face [with an airgun] by a group of young men who seemed to have no hope, no place to go, nothing good to do. It ruined his teens, he had PTSD in a really bad way but is effectively fine now.

“We decided at the time that all these wonderful young people needed somewhere good to go and somewhere safe to be.”

W4 Youth have hosted various activities for young people over the years including league football teams, dramas, dance, singing, art, basketball and boxing. They hope to continue and expand their programme of clubs when moving into Southfield Recreation centre. Sally said she was excited to get started.

“We are so excited to celebrate our W4 Youth Hub opening in Southfield Recreation Ground on 20th May” said Sally. “There will be a tea and cake stand and if you’d like to bake a cake and bring it along, it will be gratefully received. We look forward to seeing you.”