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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, 1-2.30pm

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’re going to focus 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 will join us to look at 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.

Click on this link to book onto this free event.
 

Take care support for ourselves and others

In real life events and services
If your group is now opening face-to-face services or putting on events, RVA can share this with people wanting to get out, meet others, access services or simply to have fun with other people in real life.  
Find out more from this link.

Reading Compass Recovery College

Compass have launched their new programme of workshops and social groups for September to December.  
Find out more from this link.
 

Funding
Deadline 15 September Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good
Click on the link for details.

No deadline - Foyle Foundation – small grants scheme                           Click on the link for details.

Deadline 31 October 2021 Local Giving Magic Little Grants 
Click on the link for details.

Look on our Funding page for lots more grants and funding opportunities.
 
Resources for groups and practitioners
Children and Young People
What’s Up With Everyone? is a campaign developed to encourage young people to become more aware of their mental wellbeing. Aimed at people aged 17-24, the campaign was uniquely co-created with the audience it sets out to support, and introduces five characters, each of whom is contending with an issue related to loneliness, perfectionism, competitiveness, independence and social media.
Find out more from this link.

Children and Young People
In partnership with Summer of Play, The Relationships Project have created a dedicated space to hear from children and young people about what Covid has meant for them and their relationships. If you’re a play scheme leader, a children’s group facilitator, a teacher or a parent, take a look. There are fun, engaging online sessions, a resource pack crammed with creative ideas, and a magical guided meditation.  
Find out more from this link.

My Community
A community response to loneliness: Handbook of tips, tricks and activities
Find out more from this link.
 
Training, Webinars and Best Practice Updates

Refugees

Created by the theatre company Good Chance and Handspring Puppet Company; The Walk is a 8000 km journey, which will be made by the puppet Little Amal, a young refugee, from the Syria/Turkey border to Manchester, UK, with the aim to pull focus and discussion back to the refugee crisis.  With over 100 events planned along the way; there are several happening across England from 21st October onwards. You can follow her progress and find out more on Twitter at the hashtag @walkwithamal or on their website

Mutsvairo Festival, Friday 27th August to Sunday 29th August 2021
Mutsvairo Festival celebrates travelling and nomadic communities, as well as their stories and culture. The Festival provides a platform to educate ourselves on the cultural values of these communities, to share our similarities, learn about our differences but most importantly to promote a sense of well-being, togetherness and our shared humanity.
Find out more from this link.
 

Reports, consultations and surveys

Care Home Residents
The adverse effects of social isolation and loneliness on psychological and physical health outcomes in care home residents during COVID-19, 25 June 2020, Gov.uk
Find out more from this link.

Parents
Academic research paper: Mums Alone: Exploring the Role of Isolation and Loneliness in the Narratives of Women Diagnosed with Perinatal Depression
Find out more from this link.

Parents
Academic research paper: Experiencing loneliness in parenthood: a scoping review
Find out more from this link.

Seniors
Wider impacts of COVID-19 on physical activity, deconditioning and
falls in older adults.  From Public Health England.
Find out more from this link. 

Ideas and Innovations outside Reading

A list of the 126 projects funded by the Government’s £11.5 million fund to tackle loneliness across England. 
Find out more from this link.

New 'Happy to Chat' benches in Salisbury to help tackle loneliness
Find out more from this link.

A new Glasgow-based app is aiming to tackle a looming crisis of students dropping out of university without a qualification owing to the devastating social effects of the pandemic.
Find out more from this link.
 

Articles and Webinars

Star Trek actor William Shatner, 90, admits loneliness was 'huge aspect' of fame, Sky News
Find out more from this link.

Don’t be lonely: how to make friends if you’re moving house, The Guardian
Find out more from this link.
 

Take care, everyone, Rhiannon
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