One-to-one befriending and buddy 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
For people over 50
For people with Alzheimer’s and dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society offers a peer support service for people with dementia.
For people with life-limiting conditions, who are thought to be in the last year of their lives
For people with physical disabilities, to enjoy hobbies, interests and activities of their choosing
For 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.
There are numerous lunch clubs and other social groups across Reading that offer a vital opportunity to come together and connect with others – often volunteer-run. You can find them in the RVA Directory.