Older people in Swindon wanting a friendly chat are being urged to get in contact with Age UK as the charity has set up a new Call in Time service in the area offering a weekly phone call from friendly local volunteers.
The service offers a weekly phone calls from trained volunteers lasting around half an hour. The calls provide a reliable friendly voice and a safe and comfortable environment for older people to chat about anything from grandchildren and hobbies to day-to-day life. The Call in Time service in Swindon is run in partnership with Age UK Wiltshire, Swindon Borough Council and Zurich Community Trust.
Isolation and loneliness are issues for many older people – over 700,000 of those aged 65+ in the UK report that they always or often feel lonely , with over half of all older people considering the TV as their main form of company. Poor health, illness, problems with finances and lack of access to transport often mean older people feel cut off from their family, friends and local community. A regular friendly phone call through Call in Time can really make a difference and help to lessen feelings of loneliness.
Councillor Brian Mattock, Swindon Borough Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, pictured, has like many council colleagues signed up as a volunteer with Call in Time. He said: "This is an exciting initiative which could provide a real lifeline for people. The population of older people is growing and this national trend applies particularly in Swindon , so isolation and loneliness are serious issues.
"Often little things, like a regular phone call and an opportunity to talk, can bring huge benefits. I’m looking forward to getting involved and encourage anyone who thinks weekly phone calls would help them, to get in touch."
Brian Deeley, Chief Executive at Age UK Wiltshire, said: "Reducing loneliness and isolation amongst older people in our community is central to our work. We know that these calls can have a positive impact on people’s lives. Please do get in touch with Call in Time if you think you would benefit from the service."
Age UK has volunteers ready and waiting to take calls, so if you would like to find out more, or if someone you know could benefit contact Call in Time on: 0844 225 0320 or email: email@example.com