One-to-one befriending schemes
RVA’s Volunteering Opportunities lists organisations that currently have volunteering opportunities available or you can look at organisations’ websites.
Loneliness and social isolation can be a particular problem for older people and there are number of organisations and schemes in Reading which match befrienders to the over 50s and 60s including: Age UK Berkshire, Age UK Reading, Engage Befriending and Feed A Friend. The Alzheimer’s Society offers a befriending service for people with dementia.
For those with life-limiting conditions, who are thought to be in the last year of their lives, there is the Sue Ryder – Duchess of Kent House befriending scheme.
Enrych Berkshire supports people with disabilities to enjoy hobbies, interests and activities of their choosing.
Home-Start helps young families going through hard times.
Social groups, clubs and activities
One-to-one matching is not the only way to get involved: there are also clubs and activities that need volunteers. Reading Mencap runs clubs and activities for children and adults with learning disabilities and autism. Reading Borough Council runs the Whitley Wood Lunch Club and the Southcote over 50s Social Club.