Friendly Visiting & Phone Pals

A brief visit or a regular phone call can make a world of difference for someone who is lonely.

About Our Friendly Visiting & Phone Pals Programs

It is common for older adults to feel isolated and lonely. Our specially trained volunteers provide companionship and social contact to older adults through friendly phone calls or weekly visits. Volunteers and clients are carefully matched by common interests and language/culture. The special relationship that can develop between a client and a volunteer enables the client to have greater social interaction to maintain healthy, independent living.

  • Volunteer visiting: Weekly 1- to 2-hour visits
  • Phone Pals: Weekly telephone calls

Eligibility

  • Seniors 55+ who are identified as being vulnerable, lonely and isolated
  • Live alone in their own homes or apartments
  • Have little to no family support
  • Have physical impairments that prevent them from leaving their homes on their own
  • Are able and willing to have a volunteer call or visit them

Highlights

  • Opportunity for meaningful connections with others
  • Calls and visits double as a safety check, providing peace of mind to clients and their families
  • Helps combat the negative effects of social isolation

What Our Clients Are Saying

“My Phone Pal volunteer calls me 3 times each week. He is conscientious and has never once missed calling me! I’m grateful to Circle of Care for having this program. My Phone Pal has helped a great deal in alleviating the loneliness that I feel.”

-Client

Volunteer Opportunity!

Our Friendly Visiting and Phone Pals program could not run without the dedication of our amazing volunteers. This is a terrific opportunity for volunteers who enjoy making connections with other people.
 
Ontario LHIN
Claims Conference
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
United Way Toronto & York Region
City of Toronto
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario
Accreditation Canada