Meet Azra Raja – RVA’s new Inclusion Development Worker

Primary interest
Voluntary sector

RVA is delighted to welcome Azra Raja to the team as Inclusion Development Worker. Azra has previously worked as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school setting, working with children, parents and families from different backgrounds in Reading, as well as training staff in equality, equity, inclusion and diversity. She is looking forward to developing this work with RVA and the wider voluntary and community sector.

Azra says:

‘Many organisations are reviewing their work in equality, diversity and inclusion and I hope to work collaboratively and build partnerships so that we can put this at the heart of our organisations. There is an appetite for change and it is important to use this shift in momentum to actively move forward. We are better together.

I am currently working on an Inclusion Framework which will identify our priorities and highlight how we are actively engaging in improving representation across the voluntary sector. I will be sharing more details on how to get involved so that we are all part of this important journey to create positive change.

I was born in Royal Berkshire Hospital and have lived in Reading most of my life apart from my University days in Bath. I enjoy meeting and socialising with people from all walks of life. I have previously volunteered at Reading Association for the Blind and continue to be a befriender for visually impaired people and for the NHS Volunteer programme during this challenging time.

Live sport is my passion and I adore watching football and all the excitement, joy, drama and pain one match can bring! I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Please email azra.raja@rva.org.uk if you have any questions or comments, or call me on 07485 327946 if you would prefer a chat!’