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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/befriending-forum-tickets-81451994107I
The agenda will include:
A networking lunch and sharing good news.
Teenage Loneliness and Technology
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 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?
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.