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.
Location address line 1
3rd Floor, Reading Central Library
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
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
Any of these times
Leading group activities
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedKeen learnerAnalytical thinkingDecisiveInventiveNetworkerSociableSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
There will be a half day training session that all volunteers must attend in order to participate.
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.
Description of expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
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