Seniors Rights Victoria has welcomed the introduction of a Telechat Program in the Victorian Alpine region to provide regular telephone calls to people who may benefit from a weekly social chat.
The Telechat Program is when friendly volunteers phone participants at an agreed time, generally once a week, to share conversation and catch up.
The service was recently launched in Bright by Gerard Mansour, the Commissioner for Senior Victorians and Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.
Mr Mansour highlighted how a small action such as a weekly telephone call from a Telechat volunteer can help break down the isolation experienced by older people living in rural areas so they remain connected and included in their community.
Alpine Independent Aged Care Advocacy Service President Terri Hopper spoke of the service’s delight at being funded by Red Cross to establish the Telechat Program in the region and the commitment of the trained volunteers to make it a success.
Lauren Carroll from Red Cross said that the Telechat Program fitted perfectly with Red Cross’ aim of addressing humanitarian needs at the local level.
To make a referral to Alpine Telechat telephone 0420 824 814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org