Ready Friends: round-up of news and opportunities

Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Report into loneliness and social isolation

Throughout March and April, 437 people filled out a questionnaire so we could understand more about loneliness and social isolation in Reading. The report will help to inform local organisations how they can respond to these issues.

The survey has highlighted who is most likely to be experiencing loneliness and social isolation, how it impacts on different groups of people, what barriers they face to being more socially active and what they would like to be doing if those barriers could be overcome. Read more and download the full report.

Befreinding Forum: Tuesday 13 June, 10am – 12 noon at Central Library

The June befriending forum will be an opportunity to find out about the summer befriender recruitment campaign, find out about the research that has been carried out across the town into loneliness and isolation, insight into new tools and initiatives and discussion about shared issues and needs. Find out more

Champion to End Loneliness

Ready Friends is a campaign running over the next 3-4 months to recruit more befrienders and reduce loneliness and isolation in Reading. Champions to End Loneliness can help in a range of way to help spread the word and encourage people to become befrienders and take other steps to reduce isolation and loneliness. Find out more

Volunteer Befrienders’ Picnic: Saturday 16 July, Caversham Court Gardens

A celebration event to say thank you to all volunteer befrienders for helping to make Reading a less lonely place for so many people in Reading. The event will also be an opportunity for people to find out more about befriending opportunities. More information coming soon.

Research into Isolation and Loneliness

Reading Voluntary Action, Reading Borough Council and local befriending organisations have worked together to carry out a town wide questionnaire to find out more about the causes and possible solutions for those people experiencing isolation and loneliness. The survey is now completed and we are busy analysing all the data! A full report will be available in July. For insight into the survey so far, read more here.