Chat, Connect, Befriend

Many Reading people are still not going out through fear of catching the Covid-19, even if they have been vaccinated, and may have lost their confidence and previous social connections.  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, chatty cafes 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 cafe or social group.

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

Just 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 anyone wanting to find out more about the range of volunteering opportunities that make a difference to people facing loneliness and isolation in Reading.

Join us on Zoom or at Reading Library to hear 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!


Please click on one of the links below to book:

August 8, 1-2pm on Zoom

August 30, 6-7pm at Reading Central Library, 3rd floor

September 7, 12.30 -1.30pm at Reading Central Library, 3rd floor

October 4, 6-7pm at Reading Central Library, 3rd floor

October 10, 11-12pm on Zoom

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