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Age UK Berkshire - Telephone befriending

We offer free Telephone Befriending for anyone in the Berkshire area.

Telephone befriending is useful for those who would like to talk to someone on a regular basis, without having someone visit them at home.

Who to contact

Telephone
0118 959 4242
Email
info@ageukberkshire.org.uk
Contact Us
Contact Us Form
Parent Organisation
Age UK Berkshire - support older people living independently

Where to go

Address
Reading
Berkshire

Costs and Fee Information

Service/Activity is Free
Yes

Quality Assurance

Registered Charity No.
1146462

The Link Visiting Scheme - befriending service and social activities for older people

The Link Visiting Scheme helps older people who need friendship and support as they are experiencing loneliness and isolation. We support our ‘Link friends’ through one-to-one befriending with volunteers, and local group activities and events. We operate within the Wokingham borough and work in partnership with many other local organisations. We are one of the founding members of the ‘Friendship Alliance’.

We offer a personalised service where we match the Link friend with a volunteer to visit or call them on a regular basis for companionship, or with a social activity that interests them outside of their home.

By offering older people quality time and focussed attention, we help them establish new friendships and connections in their communities, improve their health and wellbeing, and help them remain independent for longer.

Volunteering

We rely on volunteers in all aspects of our work and offer a range of volunteering opportunities to suit most time commitments or interests.

For our befriending service we ask volunteers to offer one or two hours a week or fortnight to either call or visit an older person local to you.

For our group activities we have lots of opportunities from driving, organising small group fun, helping older people with technology, helping older people connect to nature or office based tasks.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Marjie Walker
Contact Position
CEO
Telephone
0118 979 8019
Email
admin@linkvisiting.org
Contact Us
Contact Us Form
Social Media

Where to go

Address
Westcott Annexe Westcott Road
Wokingham
Berkshire
Postcode
RG40 2ER

Costs and Fee Information

Service/Activity is Free
Yes

Facilities and Accessibility

Facilities
FREE Service

Quality Assurance

Registered Charity No.
1139248

Reading Association for the Blind

We are a charitable association offering services to the blind and visually impaired. Our objective has been to enable sight impaired people to live full and active lives by providing the opportunity to take part in activities that they may otherwise not be able to such as:

  • Visiting our social club
  • Rambling
  • Taking part in our craft club
  • Social outings
  • Theatre trips
  • Sport
  • Holidays
  • Learning new skills such as IT
  • Accessing support from our home visiting service

Find out more information via the Reading Association for the Blind website.

The Silver Line: confidential helpline for older people

The Silver Line is the UK’s only free, confidential helpline for older people, open every day and night of the year. Offering information, friendship and support, callers can access the service whenever they need to speak to someone, by calling 0800 4 70 80 90, which is free of charge from both landlines and mobiles. 

For those wishing to receive regular calls we have a Telephone Friendship Service. Delivered by Age UK, in partnership with The Silver Line, people can be matched to receive a regular weekly call, from a friendly volunteer.

If you would like to access one of our services, you can call free 0800 4 70 80 90 for a confidential chat.

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
The Silver Line Helpline
Telephone
0800 4 70 80 90
Email
info@thesilverline.org.uk
Social Media

Costs and Fee Information

Service/Activity is Free
Yes
Cost details

The Silver Line is FREE of charge.

How is the service funded
Voluntary/Charitable

Quality Assurance

Registered Charity No.
1147330

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