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Engage Befriending - Covid 19 Response


Offering a telephone befriending service for people living alone, including younger people, who would appreciate a regular telephone call whilst they are in isolation. 

Call 01189 567 000 and press option 2

Operating 5 hrs a day, with back up support 7 days a week.

Christmas and new year closure dates: 23/12/2020 - 03/01/2021 - although arrangements are being made to maintain contact with existing clients during the closure

Last updated: 02/12/2020

We provide home visits for isolated older people living in Reading Borough. These visits are usually arranged on a weekly basis and last for around one hour. We also encourage the people we befriend to engage in other local activities where possible. All our volunteers complete training, have a DBS check and are asked to provide references.

Who to contact

0118 956 7000

Where to go

90 London Street

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.