Volunteering Opportunity: Befriending – Telephone Friend

Suitable for volunteers interested in: Older People, Friendship, Conversation

Description:

“Loneliness is not having anyone to tell that you are lonely”

Did you know? In the UK, more than 1 million people aged over 65 say they often or always feels lonely. We have 1,000 older people waiting for a Silver Line Friend. They have chosen to be called Silver Liners.

By volunteering as a Telephone Friend for The Silver Line, we match you to a Silver Liner that you call once a week.

“Just speaking to someone helps me cope a little better…” – Silver Liner

This is a volunteer role that you can do from home or from work. All you need is access to a telephone and the internet. We ask for a commitment of up to a year where possible and the ability to make your call on the same day and time each week. Friendship calls can be made between 8am and 8pm Monday – Sunday.

The Silver Line pays for the cost of all friendship calls and for safety reasons we also record the calls.

In the time it takes to read the paper, watch the news or take a trip to the shop, you can volunteer with The Silver Line. A regular 30-minute call from a friend really can change the life of a lonely person.

Personal Specification:

The most important skills you need as a volunteer in this role is to enjoy conversation with older people and have the ability to listen.

You must be able to commit to the same time and day each week to make your 30-minute friendship call. Your call can take place any day of the week, from 8am – 8pm.

Practical Considerations: 

Our application process requires each volunteer to complete an application form and provide details for two references. There will be a 20/30-minute telephone interview and then a 90-minute training session that takes place on the phone, with up to 5 volunteers.

To be a Silver Line Telephone Friend you will need:

  • To be aged 18 and over
  • Access to the internet and an email account
  • A UK, Channel Isles, or Isle of Man, landline telephone (we cannot facilitate calls from other countries)
  • To be able to commit to a 30-minute friendship call, at the same time and day each week, for up to a year
  • To want to speak to, and build a relationship with an older person

If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity please fill out the contact form below and we will get in touch as soon as possible.

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