In response to the Covid19 crisis, Re-engage has launched Call Companions - a free service for older people who live alone and feel they could do with a friendly phone call every week or two. What's great is that the same person calls every time so, gradually, you get to know one another. Whatever you chat about, it helps lifts your spirits.
One of our volunteer call companions phones at a time that suits you, the calls last for half an hour or so and we try to make sure you have some interests in common. The service is completely free and lasts as long as you want it to.
To be eligible for a call companion you should be living alone or in sheltered housing and have difficulty getting out in normal times. However, we do consider applications on a case-by-case basis, so if your circumstances don't completely meet our criteria and you would like a call companion, please do still get in touch.
If you would like to refer anyone to Call Companions, you are welcome to refer online (with their permission, of course) at www.reengage.org.uk or simply pass on our freephone number 0800 716543. We have friendly staff who can go through the application form over the phone.
Lorna Dunbar, Support Officer, Re-engage