Anna engages and supports parents who are not in employment and living in Reading towards and into training, courses, voluntary work and paid employment. She works with parents on a one-to-one basis, in an intensive, consistent and holistic way, exploring their needs, ability and aspirations and identifying the challenges and barriers to their wellbeing and achievement. She provides tailored, up-to-date information, advice and guidance including referrals and signposting to organisations and websites offering other support, and agrees objectives with parents for them to achieve to improve their confidence, independence, social inclusion and employability. Anna works with partners across sectors to maximise opportunities available for parents, acting as the link between parents, schools and organisations.
Anna joined Reading Voluntary Action in February 2018 as part of the Stronger Together partnership, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, which brought together 8 organisations in Reading and West Berkshire to help people in deprived areas to find opportunities, and ended in June 2020. She currently delivers the Parent Employment Wellbeing (PEW) project which started in July 2020 and is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.