Further information

Acknowledgements

Reading Voluntary Action would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support and contributions to this toolkit:

Befriending Networks
Berkshire Community Foundation
Councillor Karen Rowland
The Earley Charity
The Eden Project
Edward and Jane McArdle
HM Government Cabinet Office
Reading Neighbourhood Network
Reading Borough Council
Wendy Lewis at Indent Creative Graphic Design Agency
Zuhura Plummer, artist

References and useful websites

Local

Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) works with Reading’s voluntary and community sector by providing specialist advice, information, access to resources, volunteer recruitment and training to people who work in or with charities, community groups and voluntary organisations. They publish a variety of useful online resources, plus news and information through a range of channels.
Website: rva.org.uk phone 0118 937 2273 or drop in weekdays (not Wednesdays) 10-4 on 3rd Floor Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ.

Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) is an umbrella organisation of residents and neighbourhood groups active across Reading. Website: rgneighbours.net

Reading Borough Council provides a range of support services to local communities through their Neighbourhood and Adult Social Care Teams. Phone: 0118 937 3787 or website: reading.gov.uk

National

Jo Cox Foundation “Our small team works hard to support everyone who is determined to be part of practical efforts to advance the causes Jo championed. We know that by bringing people together to act we are greater than the sum of our parts.” website: jocoxfoundation.org

Campaign to End Loneliness focuses on older people, “We share research, evidence and knowledge with thousands of other organisations and the public to make a difference to older people’s lives.” Website: campaigntoendloneliness.org

Befriending Networks is the umbrella body for befriending services operating across the UK and beyond. They currently have over 250 members, to which they provide a range of services and member benefits, including training for befrienders and the staff who manage them.  Website: befriending.co.uk

The Big Lunch is about millions of people getting together to share food, have fun and get to know each other better. It’s a simple idea – that for a few glorious hours, cars stop, shyness stops and neighbours come together in the street to meet, greet, share, swap, sing, plan and laugh.  Website: edenprojectcommunities.com/thebiglunchhomepage

HM Government’s work on tackling loneliness

British Red Cross

Café schemes
Coffee companions
The Chatty Café Scheme

Population-specific resources

The links and reports below will provide you with a wealth of information, ideas, research and intelligence relating to the experience of loneliness by specific demographic groups. If you come across a useful one that’s not listed, please let us know and we can share it here.

Older people
Campaign To End Loneliness
CEL-Alone-in-the-crowd
Independent Age
Independent Age’s guide Advice-guide-If-youre-feeling-lonely
Independent Age’s report isolation-the-emerging-crisis-for-older-men-report
Centre for Better Ageing
AgeUK’s Loneliness Maps

Younger people
BBC Loneliness Experiment
A-Place-To-Belong-The-role-of-local-youth-organisations-in-addressing-youth-loneliness
Childline
Carnegie-UK-Trust-Young-Scot-Kindness-report-002

Disabled people
Alzheimer’s Society
Local-groups—Reducing-loneliness-full-report
Younger People With Dementia
DEEP-Guide-Choosing-a-meeting-space

People with mental ill-health
Time to Change
MIND

Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority people
RCLC-Report-July-2018
CEL-Alone-in-the-crowd

Men
Beermats in pubs project
Samaritans’ Report Men Suicide Society Research Report 2012

Parents
Action For Children Practitoners’ Toolkit