June Befriending Forum – on Zoom

Thursday 18 June 2020
Local mental health support for people facing loneliness and social isolation during Covid19

James Momoh (lead for Talking Therapies at Berkshire Healthcare-BHFT) and Laura Davis (Equality & Inclusion manager at Berkshire Healthcare-BFHT) will be joining us to update on local NHS mental  health services and are keen for feedback from groups whose clients may have used them recently.  This is also an opportunity to highlight some of the local community groups that continue to support people’s mental health by telephone, social media and video links.

Before Covid-19, it looked like the national conversation about loneliness and social isolation had started to go a little quiet, but the current crisis has thrown it back into the spotlight.

Community organisations across Reading have created telephone check-in chats with their members and some have transitioned to distance befriending services. The need to address loneliness in new ways that respect social distancing have created new challenges for everyone.

At this online Befriending Forum we will look at and share our stories and ideas on the following issues:
  • What has worked well so far and what we have learnt
  • What local people facing loneliness need more of and where the gaps are
  • What local community groups need to start up or develop befriending services, and feedback on the current Ready Friends training resources
  • Mental health services – information on what’s available locally

To book a place please click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/befriending-forum-via-zoom-tickets-107071345276

If you have any problems registering or finding the Zoom link, please contact Rhiannon: ready.friends@rva.org.uk


Type of event
Meeting / Talk / Presentation
Event theme
Voluntary sector
Event date
18 June 2020
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Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified