Re-engage offers a UK-wide telephone befriending service, Call Companions. This a free service for older people who live alone and feel they could do with a friendly phone call every week or two. What’s great is that the same person calls every time so, gradually, you get to know one another.
Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) has been providing social contact for this age group for over 50 years. We set up Call Companions in response to the current COVID-19 crisis, as along with other services and organisations, we were forced to suspend our regular social gatherings. However. we plan to run both services after the crisis is over.
If you would like to refer anyone to Call Companions, you are welcome to refer online (with their permission, of course) or simply pass on our freephone number: 0800 716543. We have friendly staff who can go through the application form with them over the phone.
Anyone can introduce an older person to us, including family, friends, social and health care professionals, day centres, churches and other charities.
This is a UK wide service. To be eligible for a call companion you should be living alone or in sheltered housing and have difficulty getting out in normal times. However, we do consider applications on a case-by-case basis, so if your circumstances don't completely meet our criteria and you would like a call companion, please do apply.