Engage Befriending are recruiting

The Mustard Tree are recruiting for a number of roles within Engage Befriending

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 enthusiastic team players who have the desire and ability to make an impact in the following roles.

* Regional Coordinator * Volunteer Coordinator *Project Administrator *

Each post is for 10 hrs per week, but we will consider applications for more than one role.

For more information please download the following job descriptions:

Engage Befriending Project Administrator

Engage Befriending Volunteer Coordinator

Engage Befriending West Regional Coordinator

To apply please email your cv and a covering letter to ali.dent@themustardtree.org.

The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd December. Interviews will be on 10th and 11th December.

Older People’s Day

Older People’s Day at the Broad Street Mall on 1st October from 10am to 3pm.

Details are in the link below.

The festivities will start at 10 am with a welcome from the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards.

The focus for this year is ‘bringing people together’, connecting people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to other communities and to local services.

The event will be an opportunity for older people, those reaching retirement age and those with concerns about older parents and neighbours. Come along to find out about activities and opportunities that can help keep you well and connect to your community.

This will be followed by a range of interactive activities throughout the day including:

• Singing
• Dancing
• Choirs
• Tai Chi
• Art and craft workshop
• Acting and writing workshops


Engage clients and volunteers enjoy a party with NCS volunteers

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.

Engage Befriending TV appearance

Engage Befriending attended a conference last month on making Reading friendlier. During the conference we were approached by a reporter from ITV Meridian who wanted to film a case study for an article for the 6pm ITV Meridian news. Shelley volunteered herself and Reg, her Engage friend, and the film crew came and filmed at Reg’s house. Well done Reg and Shelley, you were brilliant!

Volunteer Social Success

Volunteer Social 14th March 2018

Here at Engage Befriending we are thankful for our volunteers…..

Wednesday 14th March 2018 heralded the opportunity for volunteers to meet and get to know one another at our volunteer social. The Pitcher and Piano provided a relaxed venue and those who came enjoyed spending the time together. It was also an opportunity for volunteers to meet the staff team and hear a little of the vision for the future of the project.
The main focus of the evening however, was to show our appreciation to all our amazing volunteers without whom the service couldn’t run. Certificates were presented to those who have volunteered for two and four years, and a celebration cake enjoyed.

Community Cafe

The Oasis Cafe at Norcot Mission Church, West Reading

Norcot Mission Church runs a cafe every Friday morning from 10am and refreshments are free. It’s a great place for older members of the community to connect with others. Here at Engage Befriending we love to promote the good work of others in our community.