New! Ready Friends Toolkit.
Ready Friends, in partnership with Reading Neighbourhoods Network, have launched a new toolkit for anyone interested in taking action on loneliness and social isolation. Click here for access to the online toolkit where you can also download an 8-page booklet to share.
Befriending Forum September 2019
Anyone interested in reducing loneliness and social isolation is welcome at the next Befriending Forum on Thursday 26th September 2019 from 12.30 until 4.15pm at Community Place, 3rd floor, Reading Central Library.
The focus of this event is on how to show the impact of your work – to funders, the public, beneficiaries and to your own volunteers and staff.
The agenda includes
- a networking lunch
- a presentation by the national organisation Befriending Networks
- hearing local funders’ perspectives
- a data visualisation workshop
- a chance to get creative and develop your practice
The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.
You can book directly from here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/befriending-forum-tickets-67005897443
Throughout March and April 2017, 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.
Befriending in Reading