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DRC Launches Over 50s Carers Telephone Buddy Scheme

Hi Andrea, would you be able to give us an overview of the Telebuddies project, what’s it all about?

Telebuddies provides companionship through regular telephone contact with carers by other carers who are also lonely and or isolated. We want to increase the confidence amongst carers and encourage re-engagement within the local community so that participants become more socially active. The service will also flag up early warning signs of carers who may be in crisis and help them to access the help they may need.

Why do you think people should volunteer with the DRC’s Telebuddies project? 

The aim of Telebuddies is to improve the health and wellbeing of older carers. We all know that loneliness can have a negative impact on persons mental and emotional wellbeing. Volunteering as a Telebuddy will help to increase carer self-confidence, emotional resilience and self-esteem.

You’re looking to recruit a volunteer Community Advocate, could you describe what that role will entail in a bit more detail?

Their role will be to promote the service in the local community and encourage carers to volunteer to become a Telebuddies. They’ve got to be flexible and willing to commit a minimum of four hours a week to the project.

And what sort of person are you looking for?

On a personal level they need to have good communication skills, be confident, and really enjoy talking to people. But the Community Advocate will also have to be empathetic to the issues facing older people and carers.

What can they gain from the role? 

We will be providing training and an in-depth induction process. It will be a great way for people to improve and update existing skills as well as learn new ones.

To find out more about the work that Ageing Better in Birmingham do click HERE. If you or anyone you know is interested in the Community Advocate role, or want to volunteer as a Telebuddy and would like more information call the centre on 0303 040 204

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