It’ll be Lonely This Christmas…
25 Nov 2020 by Libby Mahoney
Just a few minutes on the phone could make all the difference to someone feeling isolated and lonely at this uncertain time.
Sandwell Together would love to hear from anyone who has time to spare each week to make someone’s day with a friendly chat.
The service was developed during the first lockdown, but has now been funded through Sandwell Advocacy to continue supporting those who have no-one to turn to for a listening ear.
So far, Sandwell Together has reached out to befriend 200 local people in need.
Independent Advocate Juanita Williams, who is leading on Sandwell Together, said it’s a vital service and makes a huge difference to people, especially at the moment. “People are feeling more cut off and Christmas will be lonelier than ever for some,” she said. “We need volunteers who can spare just a short time every week to pick up the phone and have a chat. Some people really only want a quick catch-up, while others appreciate a listening ear for a bit longer. It all depends on the arrangement you make between you.”
Telephone befrienders need listening skills, and stand to gain through training an improved telephone manner; awareness of confidentiality; increased knowledge of safeguarding issues and better knowledge of local services available to Sandwell residents.
Sandwell Advocacy provides independent advocacy throughout Sandwell, promoting rights, voice and empowerment.