Linking Lives – combatting loneliness in Pitstone

Linking Lives is combatting loneliness in Tring and the surrounding villages, including Pitstone.

Could you spare half an hour a week to telephone someone lonely?

It doesn’t matter if you are working from home, going back to work, furloughed, retired, or looking for a new job, loneliness is a 24/7 problem so contact at any time of the day is very welcome. Many of their volunteers contact have become the highlight of someone’s week.

They are currently looking for help with three clients who need volunteers to befriend them. One in Tring, two in Pitstone. These are part of the telephone befriending scheme, so you don’t need to be in or around their local area. They would love to receive one or two 15-minute phone calls a week – but whatever you could do would be great.

Tring Lives is a charity set up, almost two years ago, by Linking Lives UK and High Street Baptist Church in Tring, to combat loneliness and social isolation in Tring and the surrounding villages in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. They already have many wonderful volunteers, befriending local people of all ages throughout the area. However, Covid19 is having an effect on many people who no longer have the social connections that they did previously and so demand for volunteer support is soon to be overwhelmed without more help.

Safeguarding

They will need to do some quick identity checks and arrange a simple telephone training session. Telephone befriending does not currently need a DBS check but they always take the safety of clients volunteers and staff extremely seriously and need to ensure that they keep everyone safe.

Linking Lives full service

Very soon, in early September they will be moving back to their full 1-1 service in people’s homes. They will need people more volunteers to:

  • Carry out visits to people in their homes
    • Take clients to events and trips out
    • Assist in taking groups of clients to places of interest
    • And, of course, they will still need telephone befrienders 

Contact

If you can help, please contact Cliff Brown, Co Ordinator, his details are below. If you can’t help but know someone who might be able to assist, please forward this information to them.

Call Cliff on either 07305 257160 or 01442 824054

Email Cliff at admin@tringbaptistchurch.co.uk

Visit www.tringbaptistchurch.co.uk/linkinglives