Rainbow Call Companion

As a Rainbow Call Companion, you will be a member of the LGBT+ community who wants to support lonely older LGBT+ people. Your regular calls will provide a lifeline of friendship to our older people. The regular warm, friendly chats and companionship are a vital link with the outside world from which they have become isolated.

Over time, you and the older person you have been matched with will get to know each other well and together you will share fun, laughter and stories.

You will need two references and to complete an ID check for this role.

Skills or experience required?:

Calling the older person, you have been matched with two to four times a month at an agreed time.

Following the guidance in your call companion training modules to ensure that your calls are enjoyable, appropriate and in line with our charitable aims.

Keeping in regular contact with your call companion coordinator and letting them know how everything is going.

Completing monthly online reports about your call companion calls.

We are looking for rainbow call companions with the following skills and attributes:

Good conversation skills
An enthusiasm for speaking on the phone and making connections remotely
A friendly, empathetic approach
The ability to really listen to people
Patience
A passion for improving the lives of lonely and isolated older people
The ability to volunteer as part of a mutually supportive team of call companions
Basic computer literacy (including the ability to use email)

This opportunity is suitable for: Wheelchair users
Frequency of opportunity: Ongoing
Can this opportunity be home based?: Yes
What are the areas of interest?: Befriending & buddying, Caring, Health & wellbeing, Other general & helping
Type(s) of cause supported: Disablity, Local community, Mental health, Older people, Other
Where is the opportunity located?: Across North Yorkshire, Outside North Yorkshire
Includes out of pocket expenses?: No
How many hours per week is this opportunity?: 1
You can volunteer for this opportunity at the following times:

M T W T F S S
Morning
Afternoon
Evening