Dementia Friendly West Berkshire


MySpeakerFriend is a scheme that provides West Berkshire residents who are isolated and lonely with a free simple to use speaker.

Personalised content is created on a USB
stick and delivered monthly to registered users by one of our volunteers. The
scheme was born from an idea during the COVID pandemic to reach those who were
not digitally enabled and ensure that they had something to keep them engaged
and some interaction with others.
The scheme has been running successfully for over 2 years and has over 60
registered users.

The small, easy to use USB speaker you are given as a user of the scheme

Meet The Team

Geoff Mugshot

Sue Hubbard – Lead Volunteer

Derek Glazier – Editor

Geoffrey Scott-Baker – Editor

Meet the Contributors

Richard Sully – Professional Pianist

Chris Capel – 4 Legs Radio

The Somerset Readers

Kitty Mazinsky – Vintage Singer

Mark Baker – Author & Photographer


Ed Povey – Professional Voiceover Artist


Perhaps you have interests or hobbies and cannot find a way of exploring them further MySpeakerFriend can help by providing personalised content just for you on topics of your choice.

If you are struggling to engage someone you care for MySpeakerFriend can help whilst you have a much needed break.

To find out more about the scheme or to register yourself or another user please contact lead volunteer Sue by e mailing

You can download the application form for the scheme here;

Download MySpeakerFriend Application Form

We are always looking for pro-active passionate volunteers to help drive this special project forward.

There are multiple ways that you could get involved;

– Could you go and promote the scheme to potential new users ?

– Could you create content for the USB sticks?

– Could you deliver the monthly USB sticks to users and stop for a quick doorstep chat?

– Could you help the editing team with content ?

Please see current opportunities on the left.

If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer please contact Sue by e-mailing

All volunteers are subject to references and DBS check

In the community

Newbury Weekly News – 08/06/2022. Thatcham Rotary Club kindly donate 22 speakers to the MySpeakerFriend projectRead Full Article

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