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22 February 2011

‘First lady’ visits TLG Reading

‘First lady’ visits TLG Reading

Young people at The Lighthouse Group's (TLG) Reading centre got a shock recently when Samantha Cameron turned up to spend the morning with them.

The popular 'first lady' headed to the successful TLG Reading centre to see for herself the work taking place. Once the young people had completed their English session, she joined with them in building a bird box as part of their environment project and the young people were delighted as she declared their new garden officially open.

Having spent time listening to the young people share their stories with her, she reflected, "It was exciting to visit The Lighthouse Group today, I am so impressed by their dedication to the young people they work with."

Centre manager for Reading Quentin Gunderson said: "It's important for people to understand the real reasons why these young people face exclusion, rather than just see the behaviour on the surface. Mrs Cameron showed genuine concern and interest as she spent time listening to the young people, which is what so many desperately need."

TLG Reading opened its doors a year ago as the sixth TLG education centre. Working with young people at risk of exclusion, their incredible results have seen 100% young people go back into school or onto further education. Mrs Cameron's visit today was a great reinforcement of the outstanding results achieved at TLG Reading.

To find out more information about The Lighthouse Group visit their website or contact them at info@tlg.org.uk or 0845 508 3242.