Check-in and make someone's day

September 23 2021
Check-in and make someone's day

A south Bristol charity is calling on volunteers to give up some time each week to make someone's day.

BS3 Community Development, which supports people across the area facing loneliness and isolation, is calling out for new helpers for their befriending service.

Alice Lamb, project co-ordinator of Check in and Chat, said: “Volunteering is a great way to help others, make new friends, get involved in your community and learn new skills.

“Volunteers get so much from donating even a small amount of their time. Just making a phone call once a week to someone who is feeling lonely makes a huge difference, the people we support are so grateful for the companionship.”

The Check in and Chat service matches volunteers with someone who has similar interests so that a personal connection is created straight away.

 Jim signed up as a volunteer at the start of the pandemic and has decided to keep supporting local people in need.

He said: “Check in and Chat tackles the problems of isolation that were exacerbated by lockdowns.

“When more vulnerable people had to shield, it cut them off from their usual activities and their social life. I've supported a range of people in BS3 by ringing a local person once a week for a chat.

“I've enjoyed getting to know them and hearing about their lives and their interests. I've learnt so much from talking with them. In return I hope that in a small way I've helped them to feel listened to and valued.”

To find out more (to volunteer or receive regular calls), contact alice.lamb@bs3community.org.uk or kate.kings@bs3community.org.uk or call 0117 9231039. For more volunteering opportunities, visit: bs3community.volunteermakers.org