Parkinson's telephone befriending

Become a call companion for the Re-engage Call Companion Service in partnership with Parkinson's UK.

As a volunteer for the Re-engage Call Companion Service in partnership with Parkinson’s UK, you’ll make regular telephone calls to a lonely or isolated older person who is living with or caring for someone with Parkinson’s.

These friendly chats provide a lifeline of friendship for older people and a vital link with the outside world from which they’ve become isolated.

To become a call companion you’ll need to:

Attend a 30-minute online volunteer group induction
Submit an ID check
Provide a reference
Complete online volunteer training modules

Tasks include:

Calling the older person you’ve been matched with for approximately 30 minutes either weekly or fortnightly at an agreed time.
Following the guidance in the online volunteer training so that your call companion calls are enjoyable, appropriate and in line with our charitable aims.
Keeping in regular contact with Re-engage and reporting any concerns to the team.
Keeping your knowledge and training up to date by reading our monthly volunteer newsletter – Re-engage Matters.

Skills or experience required?:

We’re looking for Call Companions who have:

A friendly nature
Good listening skills
Good conversation skills
Patience and understanding
A passion for improving the lives of lonely and isolated older people
Basic computer skills (our inductions, checks and training are all online and our charity is paperless)

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, Health & wellbeing
Type(s) of cause supported: Local community, Mental health, Older people
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?: 30 minutes
You can volunteer for this opportunity at the following times:

M T W T F S S
Morning
Afternoon
Evening