Reducing isolation and loneliness by developing positive relationships and networks in the community.

What we do

“…such a valuable service, just seeing someone once a week or so when we wouldn’t usually have much contact, my befriender has been such a support and a good friend.”

Engage works to alleviate loneliness and social isolation by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to befriend isolated people in their community.

Engage currently runs two programmes:
Engage Befriending – enabling older people to overcome barriers to social connections through the support of a volunteer befriender.
Engage Wellbeing – enabling adults to make positive choices to maintain or improve emotional and mental wellbeing through the support of a volunteer befriender.

How to

Make a referral

Would someone you know benefit from a befriender?

Become a befriender

Could you volunteer a small amount of time to make a big difference?

Make a donation

Want to support our work through giving?

Last year…

We supported over 103 clients with 92 volunteers, providing 5,356 hours of support. 

96% of clients said they felt less isolated since being introduced to their befriender.

Latest News

Engage Befriending celebrates 10 years of befriending!!

Engage Befriending is 10 years old! We had a celebration yesterday which included lots of cake, reunions and an opportunity ...
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Could you spare just one hour a week?

The Engage project is recruiting new volunteers to support their work with the most lonely and isolated people in Reading. The ...
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A Life Well Lived – Josh Potter

Going out dancing with your mates. Travelling the world working with organisations like the World Health Organisation sneaking backstage to ...
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Stacey shares about her experience of befriending

Stacey is one of our Engage Befriending volunteers.  In this short film she talks about her experience volunteering with Engage.  ...
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