Call Companion Volunteer - Do you have 30 mins a week to call an older person

Call Companion Volunteer - Do you have 30 mins a week to call an older person

Task · 0–2 hrs
From home
Advice & MentoringSocial contactBefriending
Older peopleCommunity & familyWellbeing
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Have you got 30 mins a week that you could spare?
We are seeking volunteers to spend 30 minutes a week chatting with older people aged 75+ who are lonely

Detailed description

As a call companion you’ll make regular telephone calls to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. These friendly chats provide a lifeline of friendship for older people and a vital link with the outside world from which they’ve become isolated.

To become a call companion, you’ll need to:

  • Attend a 30-minute online volunteer group induction
  • Submit an ID check
  • Provide a reference
  • Complete online volunteer training modules 

Tasks include:

  • Calling the older person you’ve been matched with for approximately 30 minutes either weekly or fortnightly at an agreed time.
  • Following the guidance in the online volunteer training so that your call companion calls are enjoyable, appropriate and in line with our charitable aims.
  • Keeping in regular contact with Re-engage and reporting any concerns to the team.
  • Keeping your knowledge and training up to date by reading our monthly volunteer newsletter – Re-engage Matters.

What volunteers need

🗣️ Native language skills

What we will provide to volunteers

🤝 Extra support
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About Re-engage

Re-engage is a charity that is positive about older age and committed to fighting loneliness so that people can have social lives and friendship groups however old they are. We inspire and enable meaningful connections and shared experiences within communities across the UK for people over 75 facing loneliness and social isolation.

Our volunteers work together to create better communities and help to enrich the lives of our members by giving them something to look forward to.
Older people who may have felt very alone, now feel valued as individuals, continue to form friendships, and have groups that give support. We make sure that people know they are important well into old age. Respectful, determined, warm, pioneering, and local: we are Re-engage and we are bringing generations together.