As thoughts turn to the possibility of an easing of lockdown restrictions, it’s a sobering thought that for people who were already lonely and socially isolated, nothing will change. Indeed, things could feel worse as there are no family reunions and social activities to anticipate. Furthermore, as people return to workplaces, the informal neighbourliness of COVID support will inevitably reduce. It’s a daunting prospect for very elderly people who’ve relied on this lifeline.
Happily, Re-engage is committed to its Call Companions service and will continue to take referrals indefinitely. This phone befriending support will remain free of charge and there are no restrictions on how long our oldest older people, those aged 75 or more, stay with the service.
Re-engage is exploring new opportunities for social gatherings and its infamous tea parties, so we’re ready to launch when it’s safe to do so. All older people who have a call companion will be invited to join a social group. The charity will provide volunteer drivers and hosts. Again, there’s no charge for transport or activities. All we want is for older people to meet others, form new friendships, enjoy intergenerational activities and experience happiness and joy.
Of course you may already be planning support or activity projects for older people in your community. A call companion could be just the right person to encourage your client to step outside their comfort zone and join in once more.
To refer older people, simply visit our website https://www.reengage.org.uk/refer/ and fill in a few details.
Project manager (Wales)