Addressing social isolation
During the Covid pandemic, many people – particularly single elderly people – found themselves becoming increasingly isolated as a result of lockdown and social distancing requirements. Such isolation can give rise to numerous problems including anxiety and depression, so we devised a volunteer-based befriending service to provide such people with an important lifeline.
A team of multi-lingual volunteers made regular phone call to isolated individuals, sometimes to offer help with important tasks such as shopping or ordering prescriptions, but often just to talk. The project was immensely popular.