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Loneliness is a serious issue for people whatever their age but with the population living longer it can be at its most damaging for people in later life.  Age UK figures on the subject show that half of all people aged 75 and over live alone, and 1 in 10 people aged 65 or over say they always or often feel lonely - that’s just over a million people.  Shockingly, half of all the older people they surveyed consider the television their main form of company.

The Phone Buddy scheme provides a little bit of company and friendly social contact plus it helps to reduce feelings of loneliness and increases motivation and confidence. This regular chat also provides a vital link into the community to those who can be socially isolated because of restricted mobility or lack of accessibility to public transport.

Our volunteer buddies are able to provide a listening ear, confidential support, regular contact, conversation and signposting to other services that might be of interest.

The service is free and it’s very easy to register. Just pick up the phone, email us or sign up online and we’ll send you a confidentiality agreement and evaluation form to fill out. The form is used to help match you to a buddy or call recipient. We arrange your first call and then you set the pace and frequency of your calls between you.

To register or find out more please give us a ring (all calls treated in strictest confidence) on 020 8691 7411 or email:
“I have two delightful ladies who I visit. The scheme is so worthwhile as these dear souls have very little quality of life but are so pleased to receive a visit." 
Heather L, Visitor

“My buddy makes me feel in touch with the world again”
Louise C, Call recipient

“I now consider my call recipient a real friend.”
Dorothy D, Phone Buddy

“My visit was exactly what I needed to stop feeling lonely.”
Hana, Beneficiary

“The service I received from Fellowship Office throughout the process was polite and very efficient.”
Martin, Visitor