Communities all over Essex are feeling the effect of loneliness during this tricky period. When we are lonely we can feel anxious, and many people are struggling to cope with the very real stress they are under. People dealing with loneliness are at risk of their mental health spiralling downwards.
People that are currently receiving Befriender support through Talking Together are struggling with depression, anxiety, cancer remission, chronic pain, loneliness, amongst many more things. These people expressed that they do not feel useful, they are lacking connection to others, and struggling to feel optimistic about the future.
Sparing a small amount of your time can make all the difference in helping someone feel heard in their loneliest moments, and we currently have a waiting list of people in need.
Why should you volunteer?
Our volunteers are vital to us being able to support those that need us in South Essex. That’s why we will be providing our Talking Together volunteers with expert training, helping you to build a skillset that will also support your friends, family, and the wider community.
The Talking Together befriending project is in high demand, and we are keen to talk to people that have good listening skills, and either have experience supporting people with mental health difficulties, or those who are looking to gain and develop skills in that area. We also particularly need more female volunteers to support other women.
If you can support isolated adults living with mental health difficulties, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 01702 213134.
To see the full job description, visit: www.trustlinks.org/Talking-together/
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