Reading togetherWe believe that simple, committed friendships may reduce and prevent the isolation experienced by those who may not have family close by or friends and neighbours for mutual support, particularly through failing or ill-health and bereavement.

This is a free and confidential service supporting senior citizens and other vulnerable adults making the most of their life experience into old age. It is hoped that as a relationship develops this will prove mutually enriching and worthwhile.

Potential clients may refer themselves or, with permission, be referred by family, neighbours, friends, Social Services or health practitioners. Each befriending relationship will be unique to those in it, however the scheme is not intended to be a domestic, sitting or taxi service. Following referral the potential client is visited by the Volunteer Co-ordinator to assess suitability for the scheme before carefully linking them with a registered volunteer befriender and arranging an introductory visit. All befriending relationships are closely monitored and supported to ensure that both parties are happy.

shutterstock_191916902If you’d like to find out more or have any questions at all then please don’t hesitate to email us at or call us on 01322 431765.