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

Ready Friends Befriending Forum

Next Forum - 24 June “A Warm Welcome” 
Click here to book

RVA Volunteering survey
Click here for the survey.

 

Take care support for ourselves and others

NEW! Over 50s Coffee Mornings
Age UK Berkshire, Jamaica Society & Friends, Reading Elderly Befriending Service and  SVGA Reading are organising coffee mornings every Monday for the over 50s.
Click here for more information and to book.

The National Gardens Scheme is open - find the closest one to you!
Click here for more information.

Funding
Coop Local Community Fund
30 May deadline.
For projects helping people access food, improve mental wellbeing or provide opportunities for young people.
Click here for more information. 

National Survivor User Networks
31 May deadline
The Fund will award grants of up to £500 to peer support, mutual aid or self-help groups in England and Wales to connect remotely, prepare to move their activities to face-to-face, or make their group more sustainable.
Click here for more information.

And there's lots more on our Funding Page. Just a click away!

Resources for groups and practitioners

Together Project
A toolkit from Hampshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) full of ideas and sources of information and resources, to get started with the young people in your school, or youth organisation.
Click here for the toolkit.

Information from NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) to help you decide what steps you and your charity or voluntary organisation need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus.
Click here for more information. 

Training, Webinars and Best Practice Updates

24 May, 9:30am -12:30pm Free training – Making Every Contact Count (MECC), 
Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations, community groups and the voluntary sector and individuals have with other people to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and communities.
Click here for more information.

17 June, 1.30-2.30pm Inclusion Training
If you are thinking about inclusion in your organisation, have started the journey or would like to know where to go next, this training can support you. This session provides some key demographic information for Reading when planning for needs and services and introduces how we can all all contribute to inclusion personally and in our organisations.
Click here for more information.

Reports, consultations and surveys

A study of befriending schemes for older people from The Mercer’s Company
Click here for the report.

Employers and Loneliness
By tackling loneliness and supporting employees to build social connections, employers can ensure a more productive and resilient workforce. Workplaces where employees have a strong sense of organisational identity are more able to withstand the effects of recession and maintain performance.
Click here for more information.

 

Articles and webinars

Using Zoom could help older people avoid dementia, study reveals

Click here for the article.

Take care, everyone, Rhiannon
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