Over a million older people in the UK are always or often lonely, some go for months without seeing friends or family. Visiting an older person once a week or fortnight can make a huge difference to their life.
We rely on volunteers in order to improve and enhance the lives of older people. We do this through quality time and focused attention; a chance to hear stories of days gone by and build a connection. We ask you to give one or two hours per week or per fortnight to visit and offer friendship and support. Regular visits are our minimum requirement for at least 6 months.
“When I first started befriending, I thought it was just for the benefit of the older person, whereas in fact, we’ve both blossomed.”
- Link Volunteer
How will I be supported?
We provide training before you start visiting and on-going training if you need it. We have a support structure in place so you can always call on someone if you have any questions or concerns. We stay in touch regularly and put on events so you can meet other volunteers too.
What happens next?
If you live in the Wokingham Borough area and are interested in volunteering with us, we will happily send you a Volunteer Pack in the post or by email. Let us know what you'd prefer. This contains a simple application form which asks for two references.
Next you’ll meet our Volunteer Coordinator – and complete a DBS form (criminal record check). Finally we’ll ask you to come along to an evening where we can provide some training, and we will then support you as we introduce you to your older friend.
Normally we try to link you to someone who lives within a few miles of your home, but if we ask you to visit someone further away we offer to help towards your petrol costs. Please see our Expenses Policy for details.
What is it like to be a Link volunteer?
Wondering what it’s like to be part of the Link family? Here are some of the stories that have come out of the relationships between our fantastic volunteers and their Link friends.