Tel 0300 131 7300
Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA)
102 Blackstock Road
London N4 2DR
0300 131 7300
If you need help or know someone else who does, there is lots of support available in Islington.
Islington Council, voluntary sector and mutual aid groups are working together to provide support. This could include help with getting food or medicine, online group activities, legal advice or a friendly phone conversation.
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Call Companions is a new service from Re-engage created in response to the COVID19 situation. The 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.
The 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
In addition, the older person will need sufficiently good hearing to take on regular phone conversations.
Older people who are referred to the service will be matched with a volunteer based on their hobbies and interests.
All volunteers all receive training, which includes safeguarding, signposting to other services, and how to engage in difficult conversations. Call companions are supported by call coordinators who monitor the success of the partnership for both the older person and volunteer. If an older person takes part and subsequently decides it is not for them, there is an easy way for them to leave.
If you know someone who would benefit from this service, you can refer them via this online form. Don’t forget to get the older person’s consent first.