PHONE A FRIEND: LET’S FEED BRUM CALLS ON VOLUNTEERS TO OFFER CHAT LINE SUPPORT
With lockdown putting a stop to Let’s Feed Brum ‘s soup kitchen operations, the charity has initiated a free ‘Friendship Chatline’. Aimed at people who use its service, in aims of combatting loneliness. Volunteers will run the service each evening. The charity hopes that it will help to continue supporting those who turn to them for help.
Many of Let’s Feed Brum’s users have been placed into temporary or permanent accommodation thanks to the ‘Everyone In’ initiative. The closure of the soup kitchen has meant that many miss out on weekly interactions with friends and volunteers. The Charity is determined to continue offering a safe space to those experiencing homelessness. Let’s Feed Brum hopes that the chat-line will offer a familiar voice during these challenging times.
The service will run every evening between 6.30pm – 7.30pm. The Friendship Chatline offers an opportunity for people to call up and talk. Users can express any concerns or worries that they may have, or simply to just have a chat with one of the charity’s friendly volunteers. Outside of the designated hour, callers can leave a message or request a call back.
Let’s Feed Brum is determined to continue their work throughout the pandemic. The launch of the Friendship Chatline will enable their volunteers to point users to resources and further assistance. Each volunteer has participated in online training sessions, ensuring that they are able to welcome their callers in the same way that they would be welcomed to the weekly outdoor soup kitchen.
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