Pan London Armenian Befriending Project-CAIA

HEAR is sharing the below information on behalf of our members Centre for Armenian Information and Advice (CAIA)

If you work with anyone of Armenian background or know anyone who might benefit from this service please pass this on:

CAIA Armenian Befriending Service

Has lockdown left you feeling lonely or socially isolated and could you benefit from having someone new to chat to? We all do. Maybe you live alone, or maybe you live with a partner or family but it would still be nice to talk to someone new.Confidential and independent befriending services to Armenians and those connected with them over the age of 18 years.

This service is provided with your consent and approval to enable us to listen to any concerns or needs you may have which we can try to help with.

The project is funded to help those living across London and can support you in the following ways:

TELEPHONE BEFRIENDING SERVICEOur friendly, sociable telephone befriending worker and volunteers can have a pleasant conversation with you through regular phone call conversations in Armenian, English or another language you feel comfortable with. This service can also be provided remotely online via Google meet/Zoom, or WhatsApp video, etc.

HOME VISITSWe can organise home visits in line with government guidelines or in any manner which you are most comfortable with for those who feel isolated, housebound or just struggling to cope with the pressures of life.

If you are interested or want to refer someone to this service please contact us on:

020 8992 4621

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