There are over 2000 lonely pensioners in Reading (RVA report, 2017).
For the Reading Half Marathon 2020 we shall be Nordic Walking 13.1 miles for Engaged Befriending.
Their work is essential, connecting isolated, older people with their local community through visits from a volunteer befriender.
They recruit, train and support volunteers to visit an older person in their community for an hour or so on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The client may simply want to chat over a cup of tea or it may be that the befriender supports the client to go out for a coffee, shopping or attend an event. They also make people aware of activities, groups and events that may be of interest in their area. These may include lunch clubs, community events and other relevant sources of support or advice.
Your support helps ensure that lifeline continues.
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The Mustard Tree's simple aim is to be a voice for the unheard in local communities across Reading and the surrounding area. We do this by identifying, incubating and resourcing local faith-based social action projects that address unmet or overlooked needs, and championing change in strategic contexts. We currently have four projects:
The Rahab Project - Offering support and advocacy to those involved in sex working.
Engage Befriending - Reconnecting isolated older people with their community through regular visits from a befriender.
Starting Point – Helping NEET young adults to access opportunities through mentoring and work experience.
We have been supporting our community for over 13 years, acting as a hub for 10 different projects, which cumulatively have impacted the lives of over 2,000 people and mobilised over 250 local volunteers.
Registered Charity No.1104631