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:
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.
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.
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:
• Tai Chi
• Art and craft workshop
• Acting and writing workshops
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.
Our next induction course will be held on 16th October at 7pm at Norcot Mission Church. If you are interested in training to become a volunteer befriender then please register your interest with Shelley by emailing email@example.com
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!