Do you go from week to week without hearing a friendly voice? It may be that you're not able to get out and about, you have no friends and family that live nearby, or you have low confidence.
Though loneliness isn't in itself a mental health problem, the two are strongly linked. People that feel isolated and alone are more at risk of becoming anxious and depressed. Loneliness is a big problem, particularly amongst the elderly.
No one should have to be alone. That's why we're pleased to offer our Befriending Service for tenants with Wolverhampton Homes.
Our specially trained volunteers are available to call tenants on a Tuesday or Thursday each week between 11am and 1pm. What you talk about is entirely up to you.
Rhoda, 80, from Ashmore Park said:
“Being a wheelchair-user, I sometimes find it difficult to get out and about. I joined the befriending service and started receiving weekly phone calls from a lovely volunteer. We talked about all sorts of things and it became the highlight of my week. My befriender persuaded me to join Wolverhampton Homes’ Friendship Group, which I now go to every Wednesday afternoon. I’ve been given a new lease of life.”
Louise, Befriending Volunteer said:
"I get to speak with some really interesting people. Everyone has a story. No one should be alone; the people I speak with are really grateful to receive my phonecalls and it's makes me feel fantastic to know I'm making a real difference to their lives."
If you're interested in joining the befriending service or know someone that is, please complete our form below:
- Last Updated: Friday, 12 January 2018 13:56