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Narinder (AUK Befriender) and Alberto enjoying a bit of sunshine in Reading

Volunteers provide friendship and support by regular personal visits and/or telephone calls. People wishing to join the scheme are matched with a volunteer.

Where personal visits are requested, the befriender and befriendee will be introduced to each other by the co-ordinator and from there on regular visits can be arranged.

In cases of telephone befriending, the co-ordinator will put the befriender in touch with the befriendee.

All volunteers are interviewed and references are obtained. A Disclosure and Barring Service check is also made before a volunteer can participate in befriending.

Would you like to become a volunteer befriender?

We are currently looking for volunteer befrienders to join our team. Contact our Befriending Co-ordinator on 0118 950 2480 or to find out more.