Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer befriender?

By Demelza Hookway (Reading Voluntary Action)

Befriending might mean visiting an older person who lives nearby, for a cup of tea and a chat, or it might mean supporting someone with physical or learning disabilities to pursue an interest or hobby. Befriending brings many benefits for volunteers as well as befriendees – it offers the chance to connect with your community and learn new things.

If you’d like to find out more about befriending, you are warmly invited to the Ready Friends Afternoon Tea in Reading Central Library on Tuesday 7 June. At this informal drop-in event, you’ll have the chance to talk to organisations who run befriending schemes such as Age UK Reading, Engage Befriending and Sue Ryder. There will also be the chance to meet with volunteer befrienders and chat to them about their experiences.

If you can’t make it to the Afternoon Tea event and still want to get involved, then check out the befriending opportunities on the RVA website (search for befriending under the task type) or get in touch with Ready Friends by emailing ready.friends@rva.org.uk or phoning 0118 937 2273.

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