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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.

Tour de Thanks - stops for an hour in Reading

A group of fantastic volunteers were on hand to welcome the riders of the Tour de Thanks as it rolled into Reading on Sunday 6 June, coinciding with this year’s Volunteers’ Week celebrations.
Click here for the article and pictures from The Forbury Gardens.

Loneliness Awareness Week 14-18 June

Hosted by Marmalade Trust, Ready Friends has been supporting this week's national campaign that raises awareness of loneliness and gets people talking about it.  “This Loneliness Awareness Week, we're encouraging people to see loneliness as an experience, not as a condition. It doesn't define us. By building a greater awareness and acceptance of loneliness, we can help ourselves and others to manage the feeling.”

Follow our campaign on Twitter @ready_friends, saying thank you to Reading’s amazing community groups who have been taking action on loneliness.

Ready Friends Befriending Forum - next Thursday 24 June from 1pm

As we start to reopen our services and activities, June's Befriending Forum looks at how to offer "A Warm Welcome" with Ageing Better in Camden  - creating the best experience for everyone, which keeps them coming back for more. 
Click here to book

Take care support for ourselves and others

URGENT!! Targeted vaccine programme for unvaccinated adults in Reading surge test postcodes
In response to an increase in Covid-19 infections and cases of the 'Delta' variant first identified in India in Reading, the Council and the NHS are boosting the local vaccination programme with a targetted vaccination clinic at the Reading Borough Council Civic Offices from Thursday 17th June to Sunday 27th June.
Click here to find out more.

Reading Town Meal
Saturday 25 September 2021
The biggest ‘picnic in the park’ returns to Reading (Covid permitting)
It brings together food, music, community stalls, workshops and local producers. It’s a fantastic celebration of local food sustainability and an opportunity to connect socially outdoors. 

Reading Borough Council (RBC) Small Grants Fund 2021/22
RBC has launched two pots of funding to support community and voluntary groups – both close on 25 July 2021
Click here for more information and how to apply.

And there's lots more on our Funding Page. Just a click away!
Training, Webinars and Best Practice Updates

Training from Befriending Networks - open to members and non-members

  • NEW Social Impact: How to Measure, Webinar Thursday 8th July 10am – 1pm
  • Supporting Mental Wellbeing in our Befriending Projects, Webinar Tuesday 13th July 10am – 12:30pm
  • Management and Leadership in Befriending Projects,  Access Monday 9th August  > Thursday 9th September

Click here for more information about the above sessions. 

  • Managing Waiting Lists, Capacity and Endings: Recognising the importance of a strong process, Access 27th July, Webinar 10th August 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Risk Management: Demonstrating the need for a strong risk management procedure, Access 5th August, Webinar 13th August 9:30am – 11:30am
  • Matching: Creating a successful matching process and practices to support, Access 11th August, Webinar 20th August 9:30am – 11:30am

Click here for information about the above sessions. 

Learn to have a conversation that could save a life
Buckinghamshire Mind, on behalf of Health Education England, is offering free virtual Suicide First Aid training to faith sector employees or volunteers in Berkshire. August 20 and November 5 2021
Click here for more information.

Financial inclusion as a means of reducing loneliness and social isolation
by Age Better in Sheffield who will share their learning about the importance of financial inclusion for people aged 50 and over in addressing social isolation and loneliness, and the stories they have gathered of lived experience.
Click here for booking information.

Reports, consultations and surveys

Out of Bounds - Equity in Access to Urban Nature.  
An overview of the evidence and what it means for the parks, green and blue spaces in our towns and cities
Click here for the report.

Ideas and Innovations outside Reading

A Torbay scheme is bringing young and older people together to share experiences, get active and support one another in nature this summer. Based in Orchard Forest School at Lupton the Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) intergenerational project takes ten older adult volunteers and four childminders bringing ten early years children between them and gives them the chance to interact, share stories and learn new skills together in beautiful forest surroundings.
Click here for more information.

USA based - A thought leadership series to answer the question: How can we make society less lonely?  Hear from leading researchers about how connection and loneliness influence health and then have opportunities for small group discussion. Connect+Health will set the stage for subsequent events in the series, which will focus on how different sectors can address the loneliness epidemic and promote social well-being.
Click here to find out how to participate in the event.

Articles and Webinars

‘You can lose 10-0 and still have a laugh’: How football is helping refugees find their feet in England
Thanks to regular matches with Sanctuary Strikers of Reading, members of minority communities have a place to come together, learn English, make friends and find out about their new city
Click here for the article. 

Take care, everyone, Rhiannon
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