Time to phone a friend

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

LONELY el­derly peo­ple in Che­sham can now take ad­van­tage of a new daily tele­phone be­friend­ing ser­vice, which aims to keep them so­cially in­de­pen­dent and away from the doc­tor’s wait­ing room.

The char­ity Age Trust is work­ing along­side Home to Home Calls to cre­ate a unique be­friend­ing ser­vice that works by care­fully match­ing each user with their own daily phone friend, who will pro­vide warm con­ver­sa­tion and com­pan­ion­ship on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The idea is spe­cial in the way that it en­cour­ages pos­i­tive healthy friend­ships to de­velop with the same guar­an­teed be­frien­der at a pre-agreed time ev­ery day.

The ser­vice also pro­vides a link to the out­side world for those who ex­pe­ri­ence lone­li­ness and of­ten acts as a gate­way for other ser­vices and valu­able sup­port.

The topic of dis­cus­sions can range from a sim­ple wel­fare check and med­i­ca­tion re­minder, to a friendly dis­cus­sion about some­body’s day, the weather or the news.

If you would like to ben­e­fit from the va­ri­ety of be­friend­ing ser­vices pro­vided call 0800 316 8802.

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