Volunteers are phone friends
KEITH Vincent did not need to read the newspaper to find out the scores of a recent late-night tennis match.
Instead, he found out the latest gossip from a woman he calls his “phone friend” – who he telephones daily as part of the St John Ambulance Silver Cord service.
Reverend Vincent has volunteered for the service for 18 months, calling three people every day to make sure they are fit and well.
“Sometimes you just say a quick hello, but usually we will end up chatting for 15 minutes or so,” Rev Vincent said.
Silver Cord Service Bundaberg team leader Shelley Black said the system could alert families or authorities to problems.
“If someone has slipped and fallen in the shower, and couldn’t answer the phone, we would know something was wrong,” Ms Black said.
She said the service helped elderly people and those with a disability to stay in their homes longer, and connected them with the world outside.
The service is looking for more volunteers to make the telephone calls from their own homes.
They can claim reimbursement for calls made, and can make as many or few phone calls as they wish.
To volunteer, telephone or for more information, call 4151 0419.