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The Mustard Tree are recruiting a Regional Coordinator for 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 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:

You can also speak to Sue Winyard, Project Manager on 07443 487 191

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

The closing date for applications is Monday 25th November. Interviews will be on 2nd and 3rd December.

Friendship Volunteer Evening

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.

A great way to support Engage Befriending:

The Coop will give 1% of everything you spend on Coop branded products to Engage Befriending between now and the end of October 2020.

What do I need to do?

  1. If you are not already a Coop member, use the following link to become one. (It costs £1) http://coop.co.uk/membership
  2. Nominate Engage Befriending as your chosen charity via your online members account. https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/38870
  3. Present your members card whenever you make purchases at the Coop.

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.

Volunteer training March ’19

We are holding a training for potential volunteers @ Engage Befriending, on Wednesday 27th March at 1.30pm. At our offices, 90 London Street.

Please send us an email if you like to attend! engage@themustardtree.org

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

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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!