The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Kingston (Canada) has set up a new phone call service ‘Neighbour to Neighbour’ to help seniors, those living alone, or anyone who may need a friendly ear. They have now opened up the lines to anyone across the city of Kingston, with a flood of people volunteering to make calls.
“The idea is that the volunteers will call this person every single day,” says Executive Director Judy Fyfe. “They might not always connect, but they’ll know that every day someone’s going to call and say ‘how you doin’? Let’s have a chat.’ And that can reap great rewards […]. It’s just a friendly conversation to break up the monotony of being isolated […]” Fyfe explains.