Combatting loneliness this Christmas

Royal Voluntary Service has teamed up with Christmas Together to encourage people to reach out and offer support to those who may be feeling cut off, anxious or isolated this Christmas and during the winter.

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is recruiting new volunteers across England willing to offer support to someone who needs it this Christmas and during the coming months. You could pop round with their essential shopping - or festive treats – and have a door-step natter (you’ll be matched to someone nearby), or you could have a friendly chat over the phone.

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How do I sign up to help someone?

Giving up an hour a week could make a big difference to somebody. Don’t worry if you don’t get a call straight away, jobs are matched according to the need local to you. Being ready to help is what really matters.

NHS Volunteer Responders is a new, flexible kind of app-based volunteering which allows you to put yourself ‘on duty’ at times which suit you.

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How can I get help?

If you are someone who would like a friendly call or needs a helping hand with your shopping or collecting a prescription just call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week). 

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How can I donate money?

Fear of Covid and restrictions mean many of us will be left feeling cut off, anxious and isolated this winter. 

Our services provide a lifeline to people in hospitals and in the community – to those who find themselves in a vulnerable situation and in need of some support.

But we need funds in place now to make that possible. Please donate today – anything you can give could make a life-changing difference.

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