Our telephone club provide friendship and support for older people who are housebound or do not want a volunteer to visit them.
A member of staff will phone on a weekly or fortnightly basis. More frequent calls will be made if there is a need for more support, for example if clients have had a stay in hospital.
Here is a message we received from Harriet, a telephone club client since July 2020 :
'When I first joined the telephone club, I did think it would be quite ridiculous building a relationship on the phone but now, I feel I have found a friend. It's so unlike me to make friends on the phone but I find myself looking forward to Thursdays when I get my call. One of the things I like is the way we can talk about so many different things.'
Harriet, 81, is a widow who lives alone in Tring. (All names have been changed)