We’re extending our new telephone befriending service in response to the Coronavirus risks in the UK.
If you are or a relative of yours is over 55, living alone, and would like someone to call once a week during this difficult time, please fill in our Referral form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any queries, please call 0118 956 7000, when asked select option 2 and leave a message. The answering machine is being checked regularly and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Due to pausing our in-person visits because of the high risks of Coronavirus in the UK, we have moved all our befriending visits to phone calls. We want to extend this service to anyone in Reading who is over 55 and living alone.
This means we need you! If you already have a DBS check and you are willing to call an isolated person who is over 55 just to talk, we will provide online training and support for you.
We have paused all our face-to-face visits to our clients for the time being. This is to keep both our clients and volunteers safe in the current circumstances. However, in order for us to continue to connect elderly people in Reading with a befriender, all our current clients are receiving regular phone calls.
We are working on extending this phone befriending service, there will be more information to follow shortly.
Engage Befriending recently joined with other partners in the town to celebrate those who volunteer in friendship roles. Tackling loneliness is important and it only takes an hour or so of volunteering to make a significant difference in someone’s life. The evening was designed to celebrate all those who do this within organisations across the town.
The evening included food, opportunity to meet other volunteers, Keynote speeches and a table exercise which encouraged sharing of some great ideas. Well done to Rob and Roy, from Engage Befriending, who took part in the live chat show!
Watch the video to enjoy an overview of the evening.
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What will this do?
By choosing to support Engage Befriending in this way, you will be helping to finance the provision of volunteer befrienders who visit older isolated people in the local community. Many of the people Engage Befriending visit experience loneliness on a regular basis but say that having even one visit a week makes a significant difference to how they feel about themselves.
Mary told us , ‘I really look forward to Pauline’s visits as she really cheers me up. Before she came I couldn’t go out but now she takes me places and I get to do things again.’
Engage Befriending are excited to have been chosen as a Coop local community cause and your support through this scheme really will make a significant difference. Thank you.
Engage Befriending work to alleviate loneliness and isolation by recruiting and supporting volunteer befrienders to visit older people in their local community. We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who has the desire and ability to make an impact in this rewarding role.
This post is for 10 hrs per week,
For more information please download the following job description:
On Monday last week 31 Engage clients and volunteers were treated to lunch, bingo and a quiz organised by young people on the National Citizenship program. Many clients and volunteers have expressed appreciation for such an enjoyable occasion and can’t wait to repeat it again next year. Thanks to everyone for your hard work in making this possible.