Reading 2020 - the Local Strategic Partnership for Reading:
energetic, surprising, inclusive and ambitious
The Reading 2020 Partnership brings together organisations, groups and individuals from all sectors - public, private, voluntary, community and faith - to work in partnership for the benefit of all our residents, visitors and people who travel to work here.
The Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) for Reading is available in the Partnership section of this website
The top 3 priorities being worked on currently are :
Skills for all - the Productive Pathways programme is the centrepiece of work to address skills gaps, which are a key constraint on economic growth in our area. The objective is to get more young people into meaningful education, employment and training. How? By redesigning a fragmented service so that it puts the customer first, is visible and fully accessible and delivers in ways that support young people who are NEET into meaningful activity as quickly as possible. We are doing this by bringing the many existing providers into a collaborative framework (‘Pathways’) and by involving key stakeholders to develop something that is adopted and makes a tangible difference.
It is part of a wider programme to strengthen employment and skills planning, capitalising on the key developments taking place that offer significant opportunities for employment
Breaking the cycle of poverty - the focus of work will be on how to maximise joining up of services across all initiatives & sectors, especially at key hand-off points in the process (eg between end of targeted interventions and start of wider community involvement) This agenda also fits Health issues (eg hospital to community hand-over points). It is set against the backdrop of developing a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy
Capable communities - delivering a focussed campaign running until September 2013. Get Involved Reading is a campaign to increase participation and strengthen the sense of community in Reading.The aims of the campaign are:
- people taking ownership of and shaping the future of their local area
- increasing neighbourliness and community spirit
- making it easier for people to take part in local life
- raising the profile and effectiveness of existing community initiatives