In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have recently set up a 'Telephone Buddy Service' which aims to help reduce the sense of isolation many of the more vulnerable people in North Lincolnshire are experiencing during this time, and to ensure that their overall wellbeing is maintained.
We are now also able to support adults in North Lincolshire with Autism and/or Learning Difficulties through this service too.
People can either refer themselves or refer somebody else (with consent) if they feel they need a bit of additional help.
This aspect of the service is designed primarily to support those who are perhaps not routinely accessing support, and so may be missing out on vital information about current guidelines and services they're entitled to use.
If they feel they need more ongoing support during the COVID-19 crisis, we are also able to provide this.
For other people who wish to use the service, they will be paired up with a 'Buddy' -one of our friendly and DBS-check volunteers.
The service user and Buddy together will decide how often the service user is to be contacted -this might be every day, or every few days!
When the buddy calls, they will be able to provide recent information updates on COVID-19 that the service user may not be aware of, in addition to signposting them to useful local services to help with things like shopping, picking up prescriptions etc, and also just provide a friendly voice to chat to and pass the time for a little while!
If you would like to benefit from this service or know someone who might, please register at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/serviceuserform
Or give us a call on 01724 844986, or email us at email@example.com
Alternatively, if you'd like to contribute to our work and become a volunteer, please complete our online form (link below)