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Volunteering Opportunity: VO86196

  • Call Companion
    with Re-engage (Fife).

    Created/last updated: 26/04/2021

    About this opportunity:Call Companions is a telephone befriending service providing regular chats to older people, often living on their own and with little social interaction, launched in response to the Covid-19 crisis
     •  As a call companion, you will make telephone calls to a lonely and isolated older person between two and four times per month (during your first call with the older person, you will decide together how often the calls will take place and at what time)
     •  These calls provide a lifeline of friendship for our older people, and the regular, warm, friendly chats and companionship provide a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated
     •  This is a fun and rewarding role which will enable you to connect with a lonely older person and make a real and lasting difference to their life
     •   This is a long-term voluntary role, so they are ideally looking for individuals who can commit to volunteering with us for at least 12 months
     •  If you have good conversational skills and a friendly, empathetic approach, they would love to hear from you
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:As one of their valued call companions, you’ll receive training from Re-engage, and support and regular communications from your call companion coordinator.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?

    Experience required:An enthusiasm for speaking on the phone and making connections remotely, the ability to really listen to people, patience, a good sense of humour, a passion for improving the lives of lonely and isolated older people, the ability to volunteer as part of a mutually supportive team of call companions, basic computer literacy (including the ability to use email)

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Informal Chat; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsThis is a flexible, homebased voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.