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Help us understand more about loneliness by participating in a focus group

Research volunteers needed for Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in RG1

We are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading.

We are interested in hearing from a wide range of people and we understand from research we have carried out that certain situations make it more likely that someone may be affected by loneliness.

Your participation in these focus groups will help us and local voluntary organisations in the community understand more about how to respond to the needs and wishes of people in Reading, and ultimately help to reduce social isolation and loneliness locally.

In order to ensure discussion is focused, please sign up to one that is most relevant to your situation.

  • Thursday 11 Jan    11-12:30            Mental health
  • Tuesday 16 Jan      2-3:30pm         Disability
  • Thursday 25 Jan   3-4:30pm          Open to all
  • Monday 29 Jan      2 – 3:30pm       Long term Health conditions
  • Thursday 1 Feb      5:30 – 7pm       New to Reading
  • Tuesday 6 Feb          11 – 12:30       Long term Health conditions
  • Friday 9 Feb            11 – 12:30         New to Reading
  • Thursday 15 Feb   2 – 3:30pm        New to Reading
  • Tuesday 20 Feb   10 – 11:30am      Disability
  • Thursday 22 Feb   2 – 3:30pm       Open to all

Participants will receive refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and cake) during the focus group session.

If you know of a particular group in the community that it would be good to hear from together, please do let us know and we will look into arranging an additional focus group. However we cannot guarantee to respond to all suggestions due to capacity.

Sign up to a focus group here Eventbrite - Champions to End Loneliness Workshop, Caversham

Contact person firstname
Rachel Goater, Development Worker
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 9372054
Contact instructions?
For more information contact Rachel Goater, or sign up directly on the Eventbrite link at the bottom of the page.
Location address line 1
Reading Voluntary Action
Line 2
3rd Floor Central Library
Line 3
Abbey Square
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 3BQ

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
No
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
For a one off event
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Date description
We would like volunteers to participate in just one session.
Additional timing details
Thursday 11 Jan 11-12:30 Mental health
Tuesday 16 Jan 2-3:30pm Disability
Thursday 25 Jan 3-4:30pm Open to all
Monday 29 Jan 2 - 3:30pm Long term Health conditions
Thursday 1 Feb 5:30 - 7pm New to Reading
Tuesday 6 Feb 11 - 12:30 Long term Health conditions
Friday 9 Feb 11 - 12:30 New to Reading
Thursday 15 Feb 2 - 3:30pm New to Reading
Tuesday 20 Feb 10 - 11:30am Disability
Thursday 22 Feb 2 - 3:30pm Open to all
Task type?
Research
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePatientCommunicatorHas a few hours to spare
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Yes
Is training given?
No
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
The focus groups are facilitated by a trained focus group facilitator and you will be guided through the questions. There is no pressure to respond to questions you don't want to answer.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel expenses within reason can be paid. Please check before coming to a focus group.
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
No
Will there be an interview?
No
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
80