I hope you and your loved ones are all keeping safe and well.
Ready Friends June Befriending Forum
More than 30 participants joined the first ever Zoom-hosted Befriending Forum on 18 June, from across the Reading voluntary and community sector, Reading Borough Council, Berkshire Healthcare (BFHT), local business and Bradford University.
The event was themed around the mental health needs of local people, especially during lockdown, and opened with a presentation from James Momoh from Talking Therapies at Berkshire Healthcare (BFHT), followed by a Q&A.
The event also included discussions around the needs of local communities and of the groups that support them plus information on new and existing services as well as forthcoming events. For more info, slides and the full report, click here:
Take care - support for ourselves and others
Forbury Gardens Vigil
A Virtual Vigil will be held in honour of the victims of the Forbury Gardens attacks on Saturday 27 June – exactly one week on. For more information of the vigil, and other support for people affected by the attacks, click here http://together.reading.gov.uk/
Local support for individuals and families
Just a reminder about RVA’s resources page for individuals and familes that gets updated regularly: http://rva.org.uk/coronavirus-community-action/support-for-individuals-and-families/
NEW! Reading Community Grants
Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce this new funding for small community groups in Reading, who are embedded in and providing grass roots support to their communities. We have received £10,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation to distribute in this way and qualifying groups can apply for up to £2,000 each.
RVA values and supports the vital role that small community groups play in our town and this funding is directly targeted to help such groups to strengthen what they are already doing to support those most vulnerable in our town.
- Resources and ideas for befrienders
Looking for ideas for volunteers to use when telephoning their befriendee?
The Reading Agency’s Reading Friends (rather oddly - not specifically about our town of Reading!) have produced the following documents to help keep the conversations going. https://readingagency.org.uk/
Don’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover - This resource has been put together to help get everyone chatting, using books as a starting point
Foraging - This resource by The Reading Agency’s Reading Friends has been put together to get people chatting, using foraging as a starting point for conversation
Spring Resource Pack - This has been put together to help everyone get chatting, using the season and its connections to books, literature and stories as a starting point.
The World Health Organisation has recommended that we make daily calls to self-isolating people. Why not make those calls easier by giving them a purpose and use this time to write an older person's biography. Until September 2020, family, friends and befriending volunteers can access our Life Stories Project materials for FREE http://bridgingages.co.uk/
- Volunteering opportunities
RVA's Rgneeds.me Volunteering Matching Service Relaunch
As many of you will be aware, Reading Voluntary Action has been supporting the local coronavirus response in a number of ways, including by supporting the recruitment of volunteers to support new and adapted services. We suspended our regular volunteer matching service at the end of March in order to focus on the response. I’m pleased to say that we are now relaunching our service on Friday 5 June with a small number of opportunities not directed related to the coronavirus response. http://rva.org.uk/article/rgneeds-me-volunteering-matching-service-relaunch/
A conversation for everyone. chit-chat is a non-profit born during the peak of a global pandemic.
“We are the go-to place for a chat and are proactive in tackling loneliness, isolation and promoting positive mental wellbeing. Any conversation is welcome, from the weather, favourite movies or music, to sport, culture and food! We’d love people to grab a brew, give us a call and join our social media community. We are here to fill a gap in need in the UK, providing people with a place for human connections and interactions.” https://chitchatbritain.org/about/
Renew Normal is a national conversation about how the UK can rebuild after the COVID-19 crisis. They want to hear your stories about how life has changed, in your family, your community, and your workplace.
- New and updated activities in Reading helping to reduce loneliness and isolation
- Covid-19 information for all
Take care, everyone
Reading Voluntary Action
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