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Befriending Scheme Closure & Changes

For nearly 10 years now involve Community Services have been delivering a Befriending scheme across Bracknell Forest. This project has consistently received funding from Bracknell Forest Council with an additional contribution each year from Silva Homes and we have then managed to source additional grants and funding to cover any shortfalls within a year.

For many years the scheme has been coordinated by Lynn Baldwin and she has recruited and supported 100’s of volunteers who have visited and supported 100’s of older people in the community and made a huge impact. It has been decided that the Befriending scheme will no longer be delivered by involve as of March 2020.

Age UK Berkshire has stepped forward and will be looking to set up and establish a new Befriending scheme in the borough. Age UK Berkshire has been operating across the county for many years and their goal is to enable older people across the whole of Berkshire to enjoy later life. They currently provide a Befriending scheme in Reading as well as services in the Bracknell area such as an information & advice helpline, the Easy Shop service and yoga and tai chi classes. There will be a gap in provision temporarily, but we will support those affected.

Everyone at involve is extremely grateful to all that have contributed to the Befriending scheme over the years. To the funders that have enabled the scheme to be delivered for many years, the staff that have been exceptional in coordinating the project, the many volunteers who have given thousands of hours and the many Befriendees that have engaged with the project too.

involve will do all it can to support all volunteers and Befriendees through this process but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Philip Cook, General Manager | 01344 304404