‘Befriending’ service launched for accountants by CABA

A ‘BEFRIENDING’ service has been launched for accountants by charity CABA.

The charity, which provides support to past and current ICAEW members, has joined forces with Age UK to bring people together – in an attempt to combat loneliness – by helping find shared interests. The service is aimed at people over 55 years-old.

“Loneliness is a big problem, not only for members but also the older population,” said Kelly Feehan, service manager at CABA.

“As the population continues to age, this issue will only grow, which is why we are looking to put steps in place now to start addressing it, reducing the impact of loneliness on ICAEW members. I’m glad we’re teaming up with such an experienced partner in Age UK and I hope this service will bring a real benefit to those who choose to access it.”

Age UK corporate volunteers will look to help people who feel isolated, with examples being those that have suffered bereavement or living in a remote area.

John Edwards, head of service delivery at Age UK, said: “At Age UK we know how devastating loneliness can be for older people so we’re pleased to be able to support CABA through our team of Call in Time volunteers.

“A regular friendly telephone call through our service can really make a difference, helping to lessen feelings of loneliness and providing a real lifeline for isolated older people. We look forward to working closely with CABA to improve member well-being.”

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