Who Are We?
Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) is the national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people living in the United Kingdom. Our mission is to empower older people to make new social connections, and break out of the cycle of social isolation.
Re-engage was set up by Trevor Lyttleton MBE in the early 1960s after he met an older woman in Marylebone who lived alone. Saddened by the realisation that she was just one of many older people living like this in the borough, Trevor decided to make a change and hosted his first tea party in March 1965.
What do we do?
We exist to bring older people together into social groups at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing.
This year, 8,500 older guests were part of over 900 groups across the UK, supported by 14,000 volunteers.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis we have suspended our regular social gatherings and have created a new service for older people called call companions.
The guests in our existing groups are receiving calls from volunteers and we now have volunteer capacity to reach more older people and want call companions to be a permanent addition to our work.
Our call companion’s idea is very simple: a volunteer call companion calls the same older person between two and four times a month at a mutually agreed time for an informal chat. Calls will last for around 30 minutes.
Just like our social gatherings, the call companions programme is aimed at people who are
75 or older
Living alone or in sheltered housing with little or no contact with family or friends
Struggle to leave their house in normal times
Volunteer Role TitleCall Companion
About the Volunteer RoleOur call companion's idea is very simple: a volunteer Call Companion calls the same older person between two and four times a month at a mutually agreed time for an informal chat. Calls will last for around 30 minutes. Just like our social gatherings, the call companions programme is aimed at people who are 75 or older, Living alone or in sheltered housing with little or no contact with family or friends. Call companions make regular telephone calls to lonely and isolated older people providing a lifeline of friendship. The regular chat and companionship offers a vital link with the outside world. Over time, call companions and the older person they are paired with will get to know each other well and will spend many hours of fun and laughter, sharing stories as well as offering vital support over the phone.
When you can volunteerFlexible
Suitable for under 18'sNo
Type of roleBefriending/Support/Care, COVID-19
Special RequirementsApplication form required, References required, be able to upload a form of ID
Anywhere in Kirklees