Chat, Connect, Befriend – volunteers needed in Reading!

Do you have a spare hour or two a week to volunteer in a support role to someone who may have lost their confidence and previous social connections and is facing loneliness in Reading?  A phone call or a visit from someone can make all the difference, and can be the stepping stone for someone to get out and about on their own.


Reading is blessed with a whole range of community groups and charities who run befriending services, social groups, community cafés and events and who are looking for new volunteers in a number of rewarding roles such as befriending, connecting people with activities that may interest them, or simply having a chat in a café or social group.

Demand for support is rapidly increasing, and there is a particular demand for volunteer befrienders who speak Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic and Ukrainian.  

Click here to find out who’s looking for you!  Or go to our web page where you can request an appointment with one of our team or click on the superhero photo to browse the kind of volunteering opportunities that interest you. 

RVA is also offering no-strings information sessions over the coming months, for any individuals or groups wanting to find out more about the range of volunteering opportunities that make a difference to people facing loneliness and isolation in Reading.

Please contact Rhiannon at to book a time to chat about

  • the life-changing impact of volunteering
  • skills and experience needed
  • training and support for volunteers
  • which community groups are recruiting and how to contact them
  • the benefits of volunteering – from the volunteers themselves!
You can also watch these short videos to hear from existing Reading volunteers and a local volunteer coordinator.

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