|CHIT CHAT Project is Officially Launched|
More than 100 vulnerable and lonely residents of East Durham are soon to have their spirits lifted, thanks to the launch of a new telephone befriending service.
The CHIT CHAT project has already recruited ten cheerful volunteers who are ready to be that friendly voice at the end of the line to some of the area’s most isolated people. The project, which is managed by East Durham Trust, was officially launched by Roberta Blackman Woods MP who opened the dedicated call centre based at Community House, Peterlee.
Each of the project volunteers will have a small caseload of local people who have been referred by family or Health Professionals. As well as checking on the welfare of individuals who have difficulty getting out and about they will also be providing a friendly voice and listening ear from a social point of view.
The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the local Health Network and County Durham and Darlington NHS.
Referral forms for the service are now available to download from the East Durham Trust website.