Reading Champions to End Loneliness Campaign launched in July with our first workshop at Reading Central Library. 24 participants found out about loneliness in Reading and discussed what they could do to help reduce loneliness in their communities. Last week we then ran our second workshop in Caversham with 40 participants in Caversham Library, in partnership with local residents who are member of 5 local churches.
On Monday 2 October, we then held a stall at The Oracle to raise awareness of the campaign, get more people to sign up and commit to taking small (and big!) actions to reduce loneliness in their communities.
Over 250 people took information, many stopped to make pledges and we had some sign up to be Champions there and then!
Many champions will look to understand more about the issues and think about who it may affect in their neighbourhoods so they can take small personal actions, but others want to do a bit more. Some are setting up their own projects and we are sharing a range of volunteering opportunities with our champions on a regular basis that will help reduce loneliness. These are mostly befriending roles that are listed on our website.
If you have other opportunities that directly tackle loneliness and you would like us to share with the Champions to End Loneliness, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also if you are a community based organisation and you would like to host a Champions to End Loneliness workshop, or find out more, please get in touch. We would like to deliver these workshops in neighbourhoods in South, West and East Reading, but always in partnership with local groups in the areas.
You can also take part by making a pledge to end loneliness!