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TELEPHONE FRIENDSHIP GROUPS

The Telephone Friendship Groups have been developed out of a desire to support people who may be feeling lonely and isolated, and to engender peer support within communities.  Anyone can get involved and you don’t need internet access to take part. It’s an opportunity to speak to other people on a regular basis and might lead to you making new friends or getting involved in new activities in the future. It is also a great volunteering opportunity,

 

 You’re never alone with a friend on the phone!

How do the calls work?

Groups of up to six people will be brought together in the hour long calls for chats of a general nature, often replacing the face to face groups and clubs that existed before Covid-19. 

 

People can refer themselves, or be referred by an organisation that supports them.  The calls are free for participants (assuming there are no special conditions from their own telephone service provider). 

GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME - coming in May to East Dorset

The Telephone Friendship Groups have been developed out of a desire to support people who may be feeling lonely and isolated, and to engender peer support within communities.  Anyone can get involved and you don’t need internet access to take part. It’s an opportunity to speak to other people on a regular basis and might lead to you making new friends or getting involved in new activities in the future. It is also a great volunteering opportunity,

 

We're here to help!

We are volunteers who can help older people with small one-off tasks they can no longer manage themselves.

What can we help with?
  • Changing a lightbulb

  • Posting a letter

  • Filling in a form 

  • Taking rubbish to the tip

  • A small sewing job 

  • Walking the dog

  • Re-tuning the TV

ENGAGING WITH THE LGBT COMMUNITY

In 2019 PramaLife approached the Inclusive Community Church because we wanted to do more to support older LGBT people. The feedback we received was that an exercise group would not only help older people enhance their health and well-being, it would also be an opportunity for us to engage more with older LGBT people.

 

The exercise group we subsequently set up with the Inclusive Community Church has been a success and has continued online throughout lockdown. The Rev Dwayne Morgan of the Inclusive Community Church commented:

 

"We at Inclusive Community Church have been blessed with the support of PramaLIFE in partnering with us to provide our Light & Gentle Exercise Classes and Coffee Mornings for older LGBT persons and others who need both a connection to help overcome their loneliness as well as  a means of getting physical movement in a way that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone.  The flexibility that PramaLife has given us during the current pandemic to bring the Light & Gentle Exercise Classes and Coffee Mornings online have helped to ensure that this vital connection has continued during an even greater time of isolation for so many."

 

It has also influenced us to undertake more work with the LGBT community, for example with Chrysalis the charity representing trans people providing our staff team with awareness raising training.  Andi Maratos the Chief Executive of Chrysalis has said of our work together:

 

It was great to work with Prama, to put together a bespoke training course for them and partners, empowering the policy makers as trans allies so they can make Prama a more trans friendly service. I thoroughly enjoyed the session, with lots of lively participation from all the attendees and it was especially nice to hear them talking about how they were going to implement both small and sweeping changes to make their groups and support services not just trans inclusive but positive, caring spaces for everyone. I am looking forward to working with Prama in the future.

 

Our goal now is to continue working with the LGBT community and partners across the voluntary, private and statutory sectors in building a community which tackles discrimination against LGBT people, particularly in older age and develop new models of support which truly involve everyone

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