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Hi all, I hope you and your loved ones are all keeping safe and well. Welcome to your regular Ready Friends update.

Let's Make Reading (town centre) Friendlier! 
September 23 Befriending Forum

September 23 Befriending Forum
Let’s Make Reading (town centre) Friendlier!
RVA is working with a number of local partners to hear what local people and groups think about the town centre and what could be done to make it more sustainable, inclusive and liveable.  
At September’s Befriending Forum, we focussed on how to improve social connectedness in our town centre and what we need to put in place to reduce loneliness and make people feel more welcome there.
Tina Spires from Urban Place Lab presented and led a discussion on what works well to connect people in town and city centres, what we think is needed and what we can each do to make our town centre friendlier.
The report and slides can be found by clicking here for the Ready Friends webpage.

 

Take care support for ourselves and others

Older People’s Day 2021 - 1 October
Reading will be celebrating National Older People’s Day on Friday October 1 with a free fun packed event at Broad Street Mall, 10am until 3pm, highlighting the contribution older people make to the Reading community.  RVA will join a host of other local community groups and organisations with information and advice on local activities for people over 50.
Click here for more information

Fun Palaces - in Reading!
The annual Fun Palaces weekend is taking place on 1, 2 & 3rd October. Click here to find your Fun Palace. https://funpalaces.co.uk/fun-palace/reading-libraries-fun-palace/   The weekend will be a chance to pause, celebrate, connect and memorialise. An opportunity for our communities to take the centre stage of culture.
This year's Fun Palaces will take many forms. They may be tiny, socially distanced or online. They may be busy and bustling in all sorts of places. Click here to find out what's happening near you. Or take a look at 1000 Tiny Fun Palaces to find out how to join in and Click here for more information.
 
No5 Covid Conversations
Young people have told us that during and since the Covid-19 pandemic that they have been struggling with loneliness and reconnecting so No5 wanted to provide a safe space to be heard and process these experiences. These sessions have been named 'Covid Conversations'.
Each participant will bring an object, or photo of an object, that either represents their experience of lockdown, or was important to them ‘getting through’ lockdown. They will take turns to talk about their object and share their experiences of lockdown.
Boundaries and ‘ground rules’ will be set at the beginning of the session, making it clear that everyone will have equal opportunity to talk, and no one should be interrupted while they are sharing.
If you would to sign a young person up, please get in touch with No5's Projects Coordinator, Abbie, at projects@no5.org.uk
 

Funding
Loneliness Engagement Fund - Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
The fund is open to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across England, and applications should be for between £15,000 and £50,000.
This funding is for organisations to continue, adapt or expand existing activity that reaches groups at a higher risk of loneliness and supports the government’s loneliness objectives. All project activities must have concluded and funds must be spent by 31st of March 2022. We can only fund activities in England.
Click here for more information. 

Black & Minoritised Women's Fund
Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) is a national charity committed to working towards human-rights by supporting and understanding small specialist women’s groups and charities.  WRC is pleased to be able to support the Black and minoritised led-by and for women’s sector (charities and groups predominately working with women) who have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 with the core grants it needs to deliver critical services at this time.
Click here for more information 

 
Resources for groups and practitioners
Places, spaces, people and wellbeing / Community hubs and green space
Click here for more information
 
More than one-third of people in high-rise apartments have reported feeling more lonely since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Click here for more information
 
Architecture in the age of loneliness
Click here for more information
 
Training, Webinars and Best Practice Updates

14 October Lone Working Training for voluntary/charity groups
This course has been specifically developed to enable employers, employees, and volunteers to gain a better understanding of lone working hazards, control measures and responsibilities under current UK Health and Safety legislation.
Click here for more information 

6th December 2021 6-7.45pm Royal Society of Medicine webinar on Loneliness and the human mind: Perspectives from science, politics and art
Click here for more information

Reports, consultations and surveys

Loneliness across cultures
Take a look at the 'Loneliness across cultures' website that offers a collection of clips about loneliness from people from Austria, Bulgaria, Israel, Egypt and India, speaking about definitions of loneliness, potential causes and remedies, and explains the research project that gave rise to this virtual exhibition.
Click here for more information 

Get Online sessions are opening up again
We are pleased at last to be able to announce that our Get Online drop-in sessions are gradually starting up again at venues around Reading.
We have already started monthly Friday sessions at a new venue – Oak Tree House in Dee Park. The next session there will be on Friday 8 October at 11.00am. The sessions are in a sheltered housing block, but anyone is welcome to drop in and ask for help.
Click here for more information
 
ReadyGenerations
This newly-founded charity’s vision is to make a difference to lifelong learning and care by becoming a leading provider of intergenerational practice and provision, and a leading edge active research and professional development organisation for intergenerational services.
Click here for more information
 

Ideas and Innovations outside Reading

Bristol Ageing Better Partnership meeting in July to find out why 'outdoor spaces and buildings' are crucial to an Age-Friendly Bristol
Click here for more information

Articles and Webinars

Isolation and loneliness in women living with perinatal depression: how can we heal our dislocated self and relationships?
Click here for the article.

Covid 'bereavement crisis' as thousands endure loneliness and social isolation, ITV programme
Click here for the article.
 
My elderly mum is tearful, angry and lonely. What can I do? The Guardian
Click here for the article.
 

Take care, everyone, Rhiannon
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