We would like to thank Bell Canada
for their support in launching this initiative.
The new friendly call service has been added in an attempt to reach isolated and/or home-bound seniors who are not comfortable meeting face-to-face with a youth volunteer. The weekly calls are not only provide an opportunity for the two generations to socialize about common interests, but also may act as a friendly check-in to see how the senior is doing/feeling.
Volunteers will be trained to recognize certain changes in behavior that may signify a greater issue that needs to be addressed, such a depression, anxiety, or even thoughts of suicide. All calls will take place in the YD office, ensuring that volunteers are in close communication with the Program Coordinator. This will allow us to offer the appropriate help to seniors in need in the form of referrals or contacting the appropriate contact person.
The goal of these calls is to decrease mutual feelings of isolation and loneliness, to offer a new perspective for both generations, and to provide seniors with a contact person they trust and can seek help from, when needed.
Interested in volunteering? Email Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in signing up for the service? Call Melissa at 514-845-2600 x. 2.