Reading Voluntary Action

Ready Friends is a project run by Reading Voluntary Action to support and encourage befriending in Reading. It does this by:

- promoting existing befriending, buddying and 'friendship' schemes
- recruiting volunteers interested in befriending and supporting them to find a suitable role
- holding quarterly Befriending Forums where partners, stakeholders and funders can share ideas and best practice - and develop new initiatives.
- providing and online and hard copy toolkit to inspire and equip local people to take action on loneliness and social isolation in their community, neighbourhood, street, and with friends and family

Ready Friends is funded by The Earley Charity.

Information for volunteers

We are keen to signpost people wanting to become befrienders and friendship volunteers to local organisations who are recruiting.
We also support local people wanting to take social action as volunteers, to get new projects, groups and events off the ground


Rachel Spencer
Reading Voluntary Action
Third Floor, Reading Central Library