Engage Befriending want to celebrate the life of older people in Reading and to enable them to stay connected to meaningful relationships and interaction with the local community.
Why is this important?
The risks of isolation and loneliness – Whilst many older people maintain socially active lives this is not possible for all. We were recently involved in developing a report following Reading-wide research into Social Isolation and Loneliness. The research revealed that around 10% of all over 65s are lonely, and consequently, there are over 2000 lonely pensioners in Reading (RVA, 2017).
We know that there are a number of trigger factors associated with loneliness and isolation that the older person is more likely to experience e.g. bereavement, retirement and illness; having a listening ear and empathetic befriender can literally give a person a reason to keep going, or at least something to look forward to.
2 key areas being addressed by befriending are: