Ready Friends Toolkit launched

At the Reading Befriending Forum on 16 May, a new toolkit was launched by RVA in partnership with Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN), to inspire and equip local people to take action on loneliness in their street, community, and with friends and family.

The toolkit – an 8-page printed booklet and a more in-depth online version – is packed with ideas, tips, information and downloadable resources to help people take action – today!

RVA and RNN work with local people wanting to set up groups and run events in their neighbourhood or across Reading, to make a difference to the lives of people in the town.

The toolkit includes help and information, such as:
-Finding out what’s on near me
-Help finding what’s right for me
-Using the internet
-Getting there
-Local befriending and buddying services
-Starting something in my neighbourhood
-Things I can do for myself and for others

The toolkit will grow over time and respond to changing needs in Reading’s communities. There are plans to add a Street Party Starter Kit in the summer and to secure funding to create new versions for specific communities.

Further information:
Request printed copies of the toolkit from or find the online toolkit at

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