Would someone you know benefit from a befriender?
Do they feel lonely or isolated and need a home visit/regular telephone call or support to access community facilities?
Do they have the capacity to engage in conversation and interaction with a befriender?
Are they aware that you are making this referral?
Do they live in Reading Borough?
For Engage Befriending- are they 55+? (Unfortunately, due to the specialist care required, we are unable to support those with a diagnoses of Dementia. We also do not provide counselling or physical care.)
For Engage Wellbeing- are they 18+ and needing support with emotional and mental health and wellbeing? (We can provide a befriender for someone experiencing low levels of anxiety or depression but would encourage referrals to other Mental Health services for more severe or profound conditions.)
If the answer is ‘yes’ to all of the questions in our referral criteria then please download our referral form and return to us either via email or post using the details provided.
Download here: EB Referral Form 2020
If you wish to refer yourself, that’s fine too… just use the same form.
What happens next?
Once we receive the referral form one of our coordinators will get in touch with the client and arrange to make an assessment visit. We will then match them with a volunteer befriender who lives nearby and, where possible, has similar interests.
All our volunteers receive induction, safeguarding training, DBS checks and on-going support.