RNN sponsors “Let’s Make Reading Friendlier” conference

Reading Neighbourhood Network is delighted to be a sponsor of a special public event on Wednesday 21 February at Reading Town Hall that will give attendees the opportunity to explore how we can work together to tackle loneliness across the town.

People can find out about what organisations and local services are already doing to reduce loneliness and social isolation. Information will be available for people who would like to access these services and for those who might like to volunteer for some of the organisations.

Key speakers at the event include the inspiring Iona Lawrence, director of the Jo Cox Foundation, who will provide insight into what the Foundation has been doing over the past year and how that can be translated into local action here in Reading.

The event is coordinated by Reading Voluntary Action in partnership with Reading Borough Council, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and a number local charities and businesses, and is open to everyone who lives or works in Reading.

Rachel Goater from Reading Voluntary Action, explains: “From our research we understand that half of Reading residents feel lonely at some point every week, and 10.5% of residents feel lonely most or all of the time. This is equivalent to over 16,000 people in Reading alone. We want everyone to join in the conversation about how we tackle loneliness together, in our communities and in the places we work, study and socialise.

Attendance is free, but advance registration is necessary. Sign up or find out more at www.rva.org.uk/friendly_reading or call 0118 937 2054 or email rachel.goater@rva.org.uk.

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