New LGBTI+ telefriending Service open for referrals

New LGBTI+ telefriending Service open for referrals

LGBT Ireland has just launched a new LGBTI+ telefriending service for members of the LGBTI+ community who are over 50 years of age and may be experiencing loneliness and isolation.

The service is now open to receive referrals nationwide, wherein a person will receive a weekly supportive call from a dedicated, trained and garda vetted LGBTI+ telefriending volunteer.

Telefriending provides friendship, security and support to alleviate loneliness and isolation and improve overall mental health and wellbeing.

It offers a great opportunity for individuals to talk regularly with other people who also identify as members of the LGBTI+ community.

Individuals can self-refer or be referred by services through a dedicated website at: https://lgbt.ie/telefriending/ .

Simply click the ‘Apply Now’ button on the website to complete the online referral form.

You can follow the service on the following social media accounts: @LGBT_ie on Twitter, @LGBT.ie on Facebook and @lgbtireland_ie on Instagram.

Telefriending Volunteer Recruitment

The service is also actively recruiting telefriend volunteers this month. Interested applicants can apply online through the telefriending webpage.

The role of the telefriending volunteer is to provide companionship by calling once a week.

Volunteers can discuss small, practical supports where appropriate but are not there to give practical support or assist with tasks.

All of the telefriending service volunteers identify as members of the LGBTI+ community and are fully trained and vetted.

For further information please contact the dedicated Telefriending email address: telefriending@lgbt.ie .

For more information on local supports for the LGBTI+ community please click HERE.