Sub-Contracting and Partners

New Directions funds a range of local organisations and council services to deliver specialised adult and community learning.  You can find out more information below.

Autism Berkshire   Support for adults and families with autism to help improve quality of their life and independence.  This includes developing coping strategies for those with autism and those caring for them and specialist Benefits workshops.

Compass Recovery College   Courses to promote good mental health and improve personal wellbeing.

GRAFT Thames Valley   Tailored, end-to-end support for disabled or disadvantaged people struggling to find a job.

MAPIS  Working with disadvantaged young people and women at risk to enable them to gain work experience and qualifications or start a business in the fashion, retail and beauty industries.

Reading Community Learning Centre   Education and support for ethnic minority women and their families, particularly women who are marginalised, to achieve their full potential.

Readipop   Innovative music programmes for a range of age groups and cultures to improve confidence, health & wellbeing and quality of life and to reduce social isolation.

Berkshire West Your Way   Support for people with mental health needs to overcome obstacles and move forward with their life.  This may include managing mental health, improving skills, returning to work, finding new hobbies or resolving housing or finance issues.

Utulivu Women’s Group   Engaging women, children and older people from ethnic minorities to help with integration into the wider community, promoting healthy living and strong family relationships.

WEA Reading   Providing a culture and arts programme for older learners to help them maintain intellectual capacity, social connections and general health and wellbeing through participation in adult learning.

Reading Children’s Centres  Providing Family, English, Maths and Language learning including parenting courses, early years development and learning for work courses.

Reading Libraries   Family learning through regular Rhyme Time sessions at Reading’s 7 libraries, open to parents/carers and pre-school children.

Environmental Health Licensing and Food Safety Team – Offering a Level 2 qualification in Public Health Food Safety and Hygiene which is essential for anyone who wants to work with food.

Reading Sport & Leisure  Running a range of programmes to improve fitness, encourage activity and healthy eating.  This includes the Stay Active programme on Wednesday mornings for people aged 50+ to try a range of different sports and exercise.

New Directions has commissioned sub-contractors for the period 2017-20.

Supply Chain Fees Policy 18 – 19

Reading Community Learning Network
New Directions leads the Reading Community Learning Network (RCLN). The network currently has 36 member organisations and is independently chaired.  If your organisation would like to join the network contact

RCLN member organisations offer a varied range of targeted and universal learning opportunities and employment support to different groups in Reading.

RCLN Terms of Reference 
To enable a strategic, co-ordinated and collaborative approach to the planning and delivery of adult learning for the benefit of adults and families in Greater Reading


  • To empower individuals/volunteers to understand what learning is and the opportunities it presents.
  • To improve the planning and joint targeting of funds to disadvantaged and priority groups of learners.
  • To widen participation in adult and family learning.
  • To map Community learning and identify gaps in provision.
  • To discuss and influence policy for the delivery and monitoring of funded Community provision in and around Reading.
  • To promote best practice in adult and family learning by providing a platform for reviewing activities and highlighting concerns.
  • To develop an Adult and Community Learning Plan for Reading which involves providers of Adult Learning sharing good practice and quality improvement activities.
  • To ensure that there is a clear relationship between the partnership and the delivery of local sub regional strategic partnerships.
  • To engage as wide range of agencies and organisations in thinking about the activities they offer as learning.
  • To review collective performance over the year in ensuring there is a wide range of high quality, challenging and inspiring Community provision locally, and begin to form a view on the impact and social and economic value of such provision.
  • To monitor and discuss the success of the reforms using national and local indicators and begin to consider a range of local indicators.

Community Learning includes learning for personal development, cultural enrichment, intellectual or creative stimulation and enjoyment. It also includes building skills, knowledge and understanding for social, economic and community benefits in order to improve employability.