As part of our ‘Hello Southampton’ service, run with Communicare in Southampton, we’re urging businesses to do their bit for corporate social responsibility.
The service offers regular scheduled phone calls to the isolated and vulnerable people of Southampton and we’re asking businesses to offer their teams to volunteer to take part through their corporate volunteering programmes.
Our Director of integrated services, Ricky Rossiter, said: “Hello Southampton not only offers a chance to help someone reduce that feeling of loneliness, but also offers a vital opportunity to check on someone’s wellbeing and having referred a number of our customers to the service, I can see the impact a service like this has on increasing people’s support network.”
Volunteers are needed to support people who are lonely and isolated through mobility difficulties, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues or negative social circumstances.
Annie Clewlow, Manager at Communicare, said: “It would take businesses and employers to allow people to take a one-hour slot out of their day where they could check in with people who need support and do their bit for the local community, which is an extremely rewarding thing to do. It would be great to see Directors and Managers getting involved and leading from the front with this too.
“People living alone really benefit from a regular check-in. The idea of the service is to try to step in at a stage when there are minor difficulties, which, if left to progress, could become a major crisis.”
For more information about the Hello Southampton service and to find out how to get involved, please call the Manager at Communicare, Annie Clewlow on 07857 650707 or email email@example.com