This is a new telephone befriending service to which five churches from the Great Yarmouth area signed up last spring.
Anna Heydon, Development Worker for ‘Imagine Norfolk Together’, oversees the project and receives the referrals. Then lonely, isolated people are linked up with volunteers who offer social connection by ringing weekly for a chat. Now that restrictions have eased, face-to-face contact may gently start to replace the telephone and invitations be offered to a range of events within the wider faith community.
Although lockdown has highlighted loneliness, it did not, in most cases, cause it. Loneliness was already a prevalent sickness and not just among the elderly – one of those benefitting from Two’s Company is a young mum alone with children. Her loneliness won’t end with the pandemic, but Anna’s prayer is that she and all those befriended will, in their contact with the befrienders, glimpse something of God’s love.
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