IF YOU need somebody to chat to during a second lockdown there is a service available.

A 'Companion Line' for anybody aged over 18 was launched by Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire in September and is available over the coming month for anybody living in either county.

The Companion Line offers a regular chat with a friendly volunteer, whether you want to discuss any issues which are concerning you or simply talk about what you have been doing, they have someone who can listen.

The service will match you up with a like-minded person who has similar interests or hobbies to yourself or the person you are referring and they will offer a regular phone call.

This service is free of charge and can be accessed for as long or as little time as you need.

"We're really getting on well and it really picks me up when they have a chat," said Dorothy, a Companion Line client.

"The volunteer is really nice and the half an hour flies by!"

Caroline Savage Age UK H&W’s Social Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager said that nationally there are up to 225,000 older people that often go a whole week without speaking to anyone.

"Please get in touch with us if you or a loved one could benefit from support from Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire,” she added.

If you are interested in volunteering for The Companion Line please contact Juliette their volunteer coordinator – volunteering@ageukhw.orguk or call Age UK H&W using the phone number below.

You can contact Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm on 08000 086077 or visit their website for more information – https://www.ageuk.org.uk/herefordshireandworcestershire/our-services/the-companion-line/