Telephone and video befriending

  • Engage Befriending is offering telephone befriending to Reading people over 18.  You will be matched with someone who is right for you, and who will call you once or twice a week for an informal chat about things that interest you. If you are or a relative of yours is living alone, and would like someone to call once a week during this difficult time, please contact them on 0118 956 7000, when asked select option 2 and leave a message. The answering machine is being checked regularly and they will get back to you as soon as possible.



  • Age UK Reading For more information about telephone befriending, please contact Age UK on 0118 950 2480 or


  • Reading Association for the Blind (RAB) is providing a telephone befriending for people with sight loss – this is open to anyone living with sight loss in the borough. Referrals should go to, or left on the voicemail when you call this number 0118 957 2960, although email is preferred and will get a swifter response.


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