Re-engage exists to support older people who live alone and find it hard to get out in normal times. The Covid-19 crisis is particularly devastating for these people and many are feeling incredibly vulnerable, especially those with few family members or friends to talk to.
In response to the crisis they’ve suspended their regular social gatherings and, with the help of their dedicated volunteers, have set up a UK-wide call companions service. Older people who are feeling alone can receive a regular friendly phone call throughout the crisis and beyond, for as long as they want it.
How it works:
One of their volunteer call companions will phone you at a time that suits and you might chat weekly or every other week, depending on what you’ve agreed. The calls last for half an hour or so and they’ll try to match you so you have interests in common. The service is completely free and lasts as long as you want it to.
To be eligible for a call companion you should be living alone or in sheltered housing and have difficulty getting out in normal times. However, they do consider applications on a case-by-case basis, so if your circumstances don’t completely meet their criteria and you would like a call companion, please do apply.
You can apply for a call companion on the link below or if you’d prefer not to apply online, just give them a call on 0800 716543 (calls are free).