Reducing Isolation and Loneliness in Reading

Article date
30 March 2017
Primary interest

Research into Social Activity and Loneliness

Reading Voluntary Action is working with a range of local befriending (and related) organisations to look at how we can better address issues of loneliness and isolation among people who are not currently engaged in activities or services.

The partnership is exploring ways to work together to meet local need, starting with research through a questionnaire. We are keen to get responses from as many people as possible who may be isolated, lonely or face barriers to build social connections. The survey is open to everyone, but we are keen to find out from people who are not engaged with services that are typically considered to alleviate loneliness.

If you are able to share this questionnaire in either format, or would like to request a community researcher to carry out one-to-one interviews we would like to hear from you. We will also be able to share the report once completed.

If you would like to find out more or think your organisation could help increase the reach of this survey, please get in touch. The link to the online version of the survey can be found above. The paper version of the survey can be found at Contact me directly on for printed copies if needed.

Loneliness and Isolation Steering Group

Reading Borough Council is establishing this steering group to identify and take forward actions based the Health and Wellbeing strategy chapter on loneliness and isolation. The survey will also help to direct the work of the Steering Group which is to be launched at a workshop on Tuesday 25 April at the Council Chambers. This is an initial workshop open to all interested organisations to help develop a co-ordinated all-age approach to this key health and wellbeing issue. The aims of the meeting are to:

  • Share what we know and agreeing what further analysis we need for Reading
  • Consider how to measure the impact of different approaches
  • Form a new Steering Group to take this forward

Find out more at and register your interest at