Supporting Connections workshop
Do you support people who may be lonely? Develop your skills to help others manage loneliness and build connections. Book your free training workshop today.
What is Supporting Connections?
Supporting Connections is a free workshop delivered by the British Red Cross. It’s aimed at organisations, professionals and volunteers who work with people who might be experiencing loneliness. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to better support people in your community, enabling them to build positive connections to help ease feelings of loneliness.
Who is this free workshop for?
This workshop is open to anyone who wants to help others build meaningful connections. But it’s designed especially for those who work in communities with people who may experiencing loneliness. You might be a professional or a volunteer, such as a carer, teacher or coach, befriender volunteer, youth worker, community support worker, community leader or group organiser.
Please note, the Supporting Connections workshop is intended for people in supporting roles. If you are personally struggling with feelings of loneliness or other mental health challenges please call our free confidential support line on 0808 196 3651 for advice on loneliness support. For 24-hour support, call Samaritans on 116 123.
What will it cover?
During this interactive workshop, you’ll explore and discuss how you can see the signs of loneliness, developing your skills to support people through it. You’ll deepen your understanding of the barriers that can stand in the way of connection, and build your confidence to help others as they push through them.
Why is it important to understand loneliness and connection? Feelings of loneliness are a completely normal response to lacking positive and meaningful connections with other people. By building meaningful connections with other people, we can alleviate feelings of loneliness.
Through this workshop, you will:
- learn more about the benefits of connection when navigating loneliness
- apply your knowledge to identify the barriers to connection
- discuss how to tackle loneliness and explore ways to build connected communities including tips on how to set up a community group
- feel more able to use your skills to grow meaningful connections for people
- share your learning to help improve connections in your community.
How long does it last?
Supporting Connections is a free two-hour workshop delivered by Red Cross educators.
Who can book?
Supporting Connections is a free skills workshop for adults. It is an interactive workshop that can be delivered online or face-to-face. Please note, face-to-face workshops are available for group bookings only.
We can take individual (online only) or group bookings (5-20 people).
"This is the missing link regarding the training on offer for our volunteers"Volunteer Manager at a befriending organisation
"We had a really lovely discussion with each other and it opened our eyes up about loneliness"Carer
"I would absolutely recommend this workshop to others"Volunteer carer