Befriending Forum

Thursday 5 December 2019
The role of technology in reducing loneliness and social isolation


For anyone interested in taking action on loneliness and social isolation, the Ready friends Befriending Forum brings local voluntary and community sector groups together to network, share ideas and best practice.  Book here:

The agenda will include:

A networking lunch and sharing good news.
Teenage Loneliness and Technology
Dr Rebecca Nowland from the University of Central Lancashire will be presenting her Research on technology and loneliness and will present findings from her recent work with talk talk highlighting findings in report, Teenage Loneliness and Technology, to dig beneath the headlines and anecdotes to find out how technology is actually affecting teenage loneliness. Examining whether technology should be seen as a source, symptom or solution to tackling the issue of youth loneliness.

Britain’s oldest charity fighting loneliness with technology – since 1939!  Wavelength gives radios, TVs and tablets to people living in poverty to overcome loneliness.  Find out how they can support your work in Reading.

Get Online

Get Online Reading aims to use Reading’s highly literate population to help those who don’t have the skills or opportunity to make use of the internet.  Find out where they run drop in sessions across Reading and how they can support your service users to connect with others locally or across the globe.  Get Online is always looking for new partners – are you their next customer?

Remap Berkshire

Having a disability makes you even more at risk of loneliness and social isolation, especially if you’re unable to get out to events and activities.  Remap provides free custom-made equipment that is not available to go out and buy, for people with disabilities.  Their skilled volunteers provide innovative, practical solutions to everyday challenges encountered by disabled people.


Community Confidence Conductors Project meeting 4-5pm

For anyone interested in progressing a local project to provide ‘confidence conductor’ volunteers to travel with a person on a mainstream bus to their destination and back again. These would be people who were anxious about or lacked confidence in using a bus or who needed just a little help to make the journey.  This potential partnership project was proposed at the May Befriending Forum.

Type of event
Event theme
Voluntary sector
Event date
5 December 2019
Start time
End time
0118 937 2273
Address line 1
Community Place
Line 2
3rd Floor Reading Central Library
Wheelchair accessible?