In the Community
Our community work always starts with in depth research into the needs and resources of the place where we are. From there we develop a strategy that consists of programs to address local needs by utilising local resources. We network and partner with other agencies and local organisations working towards the same goals as us. Both our processes and our programs are intended to increase social cohesion and capital in our communities.
Our Faith and our Community Work
Our faith informs the “how and why” we work in the community. This means we respect every individual including their cultural and religious background and beliefs. It also means we work very closely with the local churches who often make up a large proportion of our volunteer base. We support and sometimes run programs that enable members of the community to explore the Christian faith and provide opportunities for them to choose it for themselves. This is made explicit in program information before the event.
Local worship Pastor speaking about SYC and the South Reading Churches Fun Day
What we offer
SYC Families Course
SYC Dealing With Depression Course
Help and Training to run Street Parties and Community Festivals.
Networking and Advocating for Specialist Programs
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with the [Shift Youth and Community] Team since I started working in Whitley and I have been encouraged by their insight and dedication to our community. They are committed to building consistent relationships in Whitley and their research report helped our team to plan ahead and build partnerships with local people and a range of services and agencies.”
Neighbourhood Initiatives Officer
Reading Borough Council
“The team have offered consistent support to individuals and to the JMA over a sustained period. Lots of people/charities come and go in Whitley, so it has been good to have long term commitment. It shows you really care about the community.“
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