Ready Friends

Social Isolation and Loneliness in Reading: Full Report

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.

Read the full report here

Let’s Make Reading Friendlier!

Reading’s BIG event to explore ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities.

Champions to End Loneliness

Champions to End Loneliness is a campaign to raise awareness about the issues of loneliness in Reading and enable everyone to take actions to reduce loneliness.

Make a pledge to end loneliness now!


Can you spare a couple of hours every week or fortnight to spend with someone who is lonely or socially isolated? Organisations in Reading are currently looking for volunteer befrienders who could make a real difference to the lives of the people they support.

Befriender match

Current befriending opportunities





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