The Stronger Together partnership brings 19 organisations in Reading and West Berkshire together to help people in deprived areas to find opportunities.
We work together to motivate those furthest from employment to engage in a range of effective and attractive opportunities to support people to overcome barriers, generate an income and improve their life chances.
First steps – outreach, engagement and consistent support
Key Workers will be employed by grass roots voluntary organisations to establish relationships with the participants and provide a consistent contact for those individuals whichever path they follow through the programme. Partners will also provide activities tailored to priority groups such as BME groups, people with disabilities and ex-offenders. Grass roots partners also work with residents in the areas of greatest deprivation, and additional Key Workers will be based at Reading Community Welfare Rights and Newbury Resource Centre to reach isolated deprived communities.
Next steps – menu of interventions
When the participants are ready our Key Workers will support them to engage with a range of provision offered by the partnership, such as training, advice, job clubs and vocational qualifications.
Moving forward into employment and education
Some participants will immediately enrol in work preparation training but most will need additional support. We can offer support such as CV preparation, interview skills, interview clothes, bursaries for vocational training. Our partner Reading UK CIC will inform the partnership about upcoming needs of employers, and will arrange recruitment events and raise awareness with employers to overcome perceptions and encourage recruitment from groups that are often overlooked.
Transform our working
We will work together with wider stakeholders and local communities to invite discussion and explore solutions.
Stronger Together is funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.