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Welcome to Reading Children’s & Voluntary Youth Services

Who are we?

RCVYS was formed in January 2002 as an independent networking organisation to promote and support the work of all voluntary, community and faith organisations that work with children and young people across the wider Reading area.

RCVYS is a registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation: 1169198.

Meet the team and find out more about us & being a member on our about page.

How we can help you

RCVYS offers a great deal more than just invaluable information. We provide many different services to our members, including training, representation, funding and more.

Find out more on our services page.

Our Members

A full list of members can be found here.

Have your say

Get the most up-to-date information from a variety of partnership group meetings we provide representation at, and have your say on what we discuss next time – all on our representation page.

Making a difference…

Supporting Reading Wado Sei Shin Kan Karate School with their Safeguarding processes

Two members of staff from Reading Wado Sei Shin Kan Karate School attended the Are They Safe? safeguarding course in March 2015 which RCVYS ran as part of their Children’s Safeguarding Training Programme. This course has been designed by Safe Network nationally to help organisations who want to begin thinking about safeguarding practices, want to start afresh, or who work with adults in the family, but will indirectly come into […]

ABC to read – 2014 Annual School Survey

ABC to read recently carried out their annual school survey which asks all participating schools to provide them with feedback on how they feel the children have benefitted and improved from the support of their ABC to read volunteers. Please find below the impressive results of this survey, along with some comments from staff at the schools: 97% of the children improved in their attitude to reading – of this […]

Starting Point Reading (part of The Mustard Tree Foundation)

RCVYS has provided Starting Point Reading with access to specialist youthwork training and development opportunities for their mentors and young people, and without this, they feel that they would not be as effective in their role of supporting young people into EET. At a RCVYS event, the Starting Point Reading Project Manager had the opportunity to meet with the Chair of Reading Mencap, and a conversation then followed about the […]

Gap Education and Training

The Executive Director said that RCVYS has helped to establish and improve their outcomes through: A helpful level of dialogue around local priorities, local opportunities and potential partnerships, exploring the opportunities for Payment By Results in any future Troubled Families environment, either in Reading, or outside of Reading. Enabling him to think more broadly about outcomes for the whole family perspective, not just from an educational perspective. These wider outcomes […]

Parenting Special Children – Sleep Service

Through the RCVYS Training Bursary, RCVYS has supported Parenting Special Children by part funding the costs of training to members of staff to becoming qualified Sleep Practitioners. From this training, Parenting Special Children set up a dedicated Sleep Service. This case study highlights how this Sleep Service has helped one particular family.   The family has two children.  Child 1 has a diagnosis of ASD and Child 2 is awaiting […]

YMCA Reading – Young Families Unit

In May 2014, YMCA Reading opened a Young Families Unit to increase the available housing options for young parents in Reading. As part of that process, RCVYS offered support around developing a different set of partnerships than they had previously connected with, and in identifying some different outcomes for work with young children. RCVYS also offered advice around setting up a support package designed around young families. As part of […]


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