AGE UK Reading Befriending

Befrienders are matched with an older person in the community. They visit them or call them on a regular basis to provide companionship. All volunteers are interviewed and references are obtained. A Disclosure and Barring Service check is also made before a volunteer can participate in befriending.

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Service access criteria:

Our volunteer befrienders are not specially trained (except to be good listeners) and provide a friendly ear and companionship to our clients. They are not able to provide personal care or other help or duties. We are therefore unlikely to be able to befriend someone:   

With significant mental health issues (unless they are being successfully managed, the person is aware of them and is stable). This would not generally include people suffering from anxiety and/or depression;   
Where the person has dementia (other than the very early stages)   
Where the person has medical conditions which would make it difficult for a volunteer to visit them although telephone befriending may be possible   
Who cannot maintain appropriate boundaries in conversation with the volunteer ;  
Who is unable to communicate with others.    

please use this link to submit a referral form

Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Physical disability friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Waiting list (weeks): 4
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