Ready Friends: round-up of news and opportunities

Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Boundaries Training for Volunteer Befrienders, 16 March, 10:30 – 12

The Ready Friends project at RVA is delighted to be partnering with Samaritans Reading to host free training on setting boundaries for volunteers. The workshop is open to anyone who volunteers directly with vulnerable people, but may be of particular interest to volunteer befrienders, or those interested in becoming befrienders.

  • how to support people who present as emotionally challenging
  • knowing your boundaries
  • when to support and when to refer / signpost
  • self care and the personal impact of supporting someone who is challenging.

Next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector – 4 April

The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will be on the morning of Tuesday 4 April. We are busy finalising arrangements for the Forum, which will focus on voluntary sector input into the actions plans to deliver Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

More details will follow next week.  Meanwhile please HOLD THE DATE for Tuesday 4 April.

Befriender Speed Dating on Wednesday 1 March, 2pm – 4pm at RISC

The Ready Friends Speed Dating event is a networking opportunity for people interested in befriending, but wanting to find out a bit more first without doing lengthy research into which organisation offers what, when and where. Prospective volunteers meet a range of organisations in a short space of time and organisations get a chance to speak to a number of interested volunteers.

The Listening WheelFree Listening Skills Workshops for volunteer befrienders!

The Ready Friends project at RVA is delighted to be partnering with Samaritans Reading to host free Listening Skills Workshops this September. The workshops are open to all, but may be of particular interest to volunteer befrienders, or people interested in becoming befrienders. These fun and interactive workshops last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Spaces are limited to ensure a small group, so book now by clicking on the links below. The workshop on Wednesday 21 September is now full, but there are still some  places available  on Thursday 29 September.

Wednesday 21 September, 10.30-11.45, Third Floor, Reading Central Library

Thursday 29 September, 17.30-18.45, Third Floor, Reading Central Library

Take the Ready Friends 2016 SurveyRead Friends logo

Help Ready Friends to better understanding befriending in Reading by taking our short survey.

We would like to find out as much as possible about one-to-one befriending schemes so that we can continue our work to raise awareness, build resources and attract funding for befriending in Reading. We would also like to find out about activities which aren’t one-to-one, but which nevertheless include an element of befriending. Examples might include: lunch clubs, community cafés, day centres, trips, or supported activities such as gardening, singing or reading groups.


bfwlogoGet involved with Befriending Week, 1-7 November 2016

Befriending Networks – the umbrella body for befriending services in the UK – are gearing up for Befriending Week 2016, from 1-7 November. This year’s campaign will generate interest in the great work that befriending services do across the UK, and mobilise support in the battle against loneliness. The main theme for Befriending Week 2016 is partnerships, and Befriending Networks are looking for members’ stories and photos of the partnerships they are involved in, so they can share successful collaborations, and demonstrate this powerful approach to working. They will also be running a pledge campaign, asking those with a strategic or decision-making role in tackling loneliness to sign a pledge: Let’s tackle #loneliness together.

As a member of Befriending Networks, Ready Friends will submit local photos, stories and pledges so let us know if you want to get involved! Email or speak to us at the next Befriending Forum.