The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship is a national charity dedicated to helping former civil servants and their dependents make the most of their retirement. It runs a variety of services aimed at providing friendship and support to former colleagues who are now in later life. These include two national befriending schemes offering friendship by telephone (Phone Buddy Scheme) and home visit (National Visitors Network). Both schemes match up volunteer befrienders with beneficiaries who may be experiencing loneliness or social isolation and the volunteers make either regular calls or visits to the person they are matched with.
Friendship and support remain at the forefront of our work today. We provide a range of services that include two national befriending schemes to help combat loneliness in later life, local community groups (providing educational speakers and leisure activities) and we are on hand to offer information, advice and signposting to a wide range of other supportive organisations, easily accessible via our free telephone advice line.
Volunteers are needed for a couple of hours once a week with times to be arranged. Our elderly beneficiaries just need someone to have a chat or a coffee with them one day per week both over the phone and in person to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
All volunteers are DBS Checked and trained before being admitted to the scheme and volunteer expenses (if claimed) are reimbursed. We are looking for individuals with good communication and listening skills, along with a passion for supporting the elderly. If that sound appealing to you we’d love to hear from you, apply by clicking on the button below.