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Could you facilitate focus groups to help us understand more about loneliness?

Leading group activities volunteers needed for Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in RG1

Over the Summer, Reading Voluntary Action conducted research into loneliness and social isolation in Reading. The research highlighted a range of needs and issues. We have decided to follow up this research with some focus groups to gain greater understanding into what the voluntary sector can do to address these issues.

In order to run the focus groups, we would like a team of focus group facilitators who will attend a half day training and then commit to running at least three 90 minute focus groups with some of our groups.

The focus groups will help us understand more about the needs of

  • People who are new to Reading
  • People with a disability
  • People with chronic ill health
  • People with mental ill-health.

We will arrange the focus group sessions and have a series of dates and times for you to choose from. Most focus groups will take place at Reading Central Library, but if we are working with a group from a specific organisation, they may run at their regular meeting place.

We are looking for people who are confident in leading groups and are able to make people feel at ease in speaking about issues that could be sensitive.

The training will be the second week of January. Date and time TBC soon.

 

Contact person firstname
Rachel Goater, Ready Friends Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 937 2054
Location address line 1
3rd Floor, Reading Central Library
Line 2
Abbey Square
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 3BQ

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Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few times a year
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Leading group activities
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedKeen learnerAnalytical thinkingDecisiveInventiveNetworkerSociableSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
There will be a half day training session that all volunteers must attend in order to participate.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Focus groups will be run with a lead facilitator and a support facilitator. The support facilitator will help with refreshments, room set up, taking notes, time keeping and supporting the lead facilitator if they get stuck or aren't sure what to do or say.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel Expenses.
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Not specified
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
6

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