Phone ser­vice will give com­fort

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

THE Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice is set­ting up a new tele­phone be­friend­ing ser­vice in East Cheshire in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its part­ners, Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust.

The ser­vice will pro­vide a friendly voice at the end of the phone for older res­i­dents who a so­cially iso­lated.

Jo Roberts, ser­vice manager with the Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice, said: “We know that there are peo­ple in the lo­cal area who are lonely and iso­lated for many dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

“Our tele­phone be­friend­ing ser­vice gives those peo­ple a chance to chat with one of our trained vol­un­teers.

“We hope to be able to match up vol­un­teers with older peo­ple, so that each per­son speaks to the same vol­un­teer each week, which gives them the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a re­la­tion­ship over the phone and can catch up on news.”

She added: “Our ser­vice can also pro­vide some re­as­sur­ance for fam­ily that some­one is able to con­tact their el­derly rel­a­tive on a regular ba­sis and check that they are well”.

The ser­vice is com­pletely free to users as vol­un­teers will make pre-determined time.

If you are in­ter­ested in the ser­vice and would like a tele­phone befriender to con­tact you get in touch on 01565 651500 or 07736 825343 or email eastcheshire­be­friend­ing@ roy­alvol­un­tary­ser­vice.org. uk.

Royal Vol­un­tary Ser­vice is one of the largest vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions in the coun­try and pro­vides a be­friend­ing ser­vices for older peo­ple in the lo­cal area, in­clud­ing sup­port­ing them in hos­pi­tal and also in their homes.

Vol­un­teers share time with older peo­ple to help them stay ac­tive, in­de­pen­dent and to get the best from life.

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