The focus of the event will be on taking action to create positive change in our neighbourhoods, where we work and study, and among all communities in Reading.
5:00pm Registration, marketplace and refreshments: Come and browse what local organisations are already doing to help alleviate loneliness in Reading. Find out more about how you could get involved in supporting them as a volunteer or more about the services and activities they run. (Arrive any time between 5pm and 5:40pm)
5:45pm Welcome and speakers (tbc)
6:15pm Workshops / discussion groups (workshops running concurrently: select which you would like to attend on registration)
- A sense of belonging for everyone: How do different communities interact and feel accepted in Reading? What barriers do diverse groups face to feeling accepted and welcome and how can they be overcome?
- Neighbourliness as the first step to reducing isolation in our communities: How can we enable neighbourhoods to feel more friendly and connected? People often want to help each other out but don’t want to intrude – how do you ‘give permission’ to people to be neighbourly?
- Young people and loneliness: There’s a lot of recognition of loneliness in older age, but it is becoming more apparent that loneliness is an all-age issue. How does loneliness specifically impact young people: through school, further / higher education and entering the world of work?
7:00pm Final speaker, key actions from each workshop and close
7:30pm Networking, refreshments and marketplace
(If you represent an organisation that would like to attend, there is an additional afternoon session from 3pm – 5pm, with a focus on collaboration between organisations and across sectors. If interested, see here for more information on / registration for the afternoon session.)