Reading Friend Befriender

Do you enjoy reading and chatting about books, magazines, or sharing stories and memories?

Could you help connect people by starting conversations inspired by reading? Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. We use reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start everyone chatting.

You don’t have to be an expert in literature to take part. All that’s needed is a love of reading and a desire to help people feel more connected in their community.

With support and training you will talk to people over the telephone or Zoom one to one, although we hope in time to develop small groups who will meet remotely to talk about the pleasures of a good read.


A friendly and approachable manner.

Good communication and listening skills with the ability to build rapport through conversation.

A patient and sensitive approach and the ability to empathise with people.

Reliable and trustworthy.

A love of reading and the desire to share this with others.

The confidence to read to others.

An understanding of the need for confidentiality.

Have the ability to cope with the duties and responsibilities of the role, including an understanding of health and safety and safeguarding (training will be provided) and the ability to deal calmly with an emergency.

Able to follow guidelines/instructions.

Initiative and the ability to work without supervision.


  • Limited Physical Access
  • No criminal record (DBS) check required
  • Not suitable for under 18's
  • Suitable for 14yr olds
  • Suitable for 15yr olds
  • Suitable for 16 year olds
  • Suitable for Families - (under 16's with an adult)
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
  • Will require a driving licence
  • Will require own vehicle or access to a vehicle
  • Will require references

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Availability Details

We will match volunteers up with Reading Friends when both are mutually available. We anticipate phone calls will take up to one hour once a week, although it\'s certainly possible to volunteer for more slots.


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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