A friendship line has been launched across Dorset for those feeling lonely or who just want to talk to someone during the Government imposed self-isolation to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The line has been set up by the charity PramaLife, which usually runs community groups and activities for older people and carers across Poole, Bournemouth and East Dorset.

The initiative was set up to combat loneliness, especially for older people aged 70 and over, who have been instructed by the Government to self-isolate for their safety. 

PramaLife’s Pathways Manager, Sue Warr, said: “We recognised that, for many, the challenge of self-isolation is more than how to get shopping. It can lead to an increased need to share some ‘normal’ human interaction and talk about something other than Coronavirus, and its effect on day to day living.

“We have more than 50 volunteers who will be available to listen or to strike up a conversation with anyone who would like to chat. offering friendship, information or advice, or just to let us know that they are struggling. Our aim is to complement the other services and neighbourly support that is growing in the area.” 

If you would like to speak to somebody, the Friendship Line is available every day of the week between 8 am and 9 pm. Simply dial 01202 022987.

If you are interested in helping with the phone line, you can request further information or sign up to become a volunteer by contacting Sue on 07867 354588.

If you need dedicated support, Prama also offers care at home through PramaCare and is working hard to assist existing clients and those who need additional support during the pandemic.

For more, visit pramacare.org.uk or call the team on 01202 207300.