Training courses are run by Jo, our Volunteer Trainer at the Link. She loves supporting volunteers, and helping them gain the necessary skills to feel confident and get the most from their volunteering role. Everyone is welcome to come along, so get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

All course are held at Wokingham Fire Station (details below)


Induction Training

Induction training is mandatory for all new volunteers. The aim of our training is to prepare you for your befriending role. We cover how to communicate effectively, the role of befriender, dementia awareness, confidentiality, boundaries and what to do in an emergency. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Jo for more information→

“A really interesting and very useful course that has answered all my questions and concerns. A very friendly and welcoming environment and a great instructor”

Safeguarding Adults at Risk 

This training will help you to understand the circumstances that could make an adult vulnerable to abuse, recognise possible indicators of abuse and poor working practices. Respond to, report and record any disclosures of abuse correctly and with confidence, and understand how professional boundaries relate to your link visiting volunteer role.

During the session you will have the opportunity to ask lots of questions and chat with other link volunteers about their experiences in a confidential and friendly environment. Whether training on safeguarding vulnerable adults is brand new to you or if you need a refresher as it’s been a while, you are very welcome to come along. Contact Jo for more information→

“A very good course which got everybody involved. It will help me tremendously in my volunteer role!”

Visiting a Person with Dementia

This is a perfect opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of dementia, regardless of your level of previous experience. We cover what dementia is, how it can affect individuals and how we can help people live well with dementia.

We explore how a person’s daily life can be affected by dementia and give ideas for meaningful activities and communication tips when visiting a Link Friend with dementia. Contact Jo for more information→

“Very useful session which reinforced and extended my understanding of dementia”

Happiness Course

Over four sessions, we link the science of happiness with ancient wisdom and real-life experience to give people practical tools to improve their own happiness. Happiness is personal, so we will give people time to reflect on their own lives, and the opportunity to share with and encourage each other.

We start by asking the simple question, ‘What makes you happy?’. We examine the different kinds of happiness – pleasure, success, relationship and meaning. In every session we will collectively talk about our experiences, examine what science tells us, and then explore practical tools that we can use during the week.

If you would like to explore what makes a good life, develop a fresh perspective of relationships, forgiveness and gratitude, and combat the stress and anxiety in modern day life... come and join us! Contact Jo for more information→


All courses are held in the Community Room, Wokingham Fire Station, Easthampstead Road, Wokingham, RG40 2EH.

There is parking at the Easthampstead Road car park which is located next to the Fire Station.