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Could you be a friend to an older person in Reading? Volunteer to visit someone who is lonely or can’t get out much

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for Age UK Berkshire

Age UK Berkshire are looking for people to befriend lonely or vulnerable older people in your local community.

Many older people live alone and have limited or no social contact – they may be new to the area, recently bereaved, or far away from their family. They would really love to see a friendly face from time to time.

What you will do

As a befriender you will visit the person regularly in their home, usually during the daytime, building up a long-term relationship with them. During a visit you will spend quality time talking and listening. You may play cards or games, do craft activities, maybe take a short walk outdoors if the person is mobile.

What you will not be expected to do:

Personal care such as feeding or dressing; shopping; housework; giving medication, etc.

An Age UK volunteer coordinator will introduce you to each other and provide ongoing support and advice. You will update your coordinator on a regular basis and alert them to any issues or concerns.

No experience is required – it’s more important to be kind, caring and friendly. If you have spent time with older or disabled people before (e.g. family members), this can be helpful.


Contact person firstname
Liz Halle, Wellbeing Manager
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 959 4242
Contact instructions?
Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm

Location description
Locations within Reading Borough
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeDecisiveNetworkerSociablePatientCommunicatorWants to get out and about
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
Induction, and on-going 'on the job' training
Is support given?
Description of support
Regular supervision with service co-ordinator and contact with volunteer manager
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
23 March 2017

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