The Keep in Touch Program

Program
Location
Lethbridge
Type of Program
Information, Referral, & Advocacy
Social Connectedness
Wellness & Mental Health

Loneliness and isolation have long been community issues but have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Keep in Touch program connects Seniors in our Communities with Volunteers through a weekly telephone support system. Through Keep in Touch, Seniors are paired with a Volunteer, who takes the time to call and chat and can also help find resources if needed.

The program is funded by Alberta Mental Health and Addiction and is a collaboration with the Rural Development Network, Canadian Mental Health Association and Volunteer Lethbridge. The support for this program and Rural Expansion throughout Alberta as a COVID-19 Recovery project will open the doors to the advancement of volunteer excellence.

Keep in Touch is an innovative, collaborative, low-cost program which provides the social infrastructure to support the mental health and overall well-being of Seniors. Follow-ups are done after Seniors have been part of the program for 2 months. Seniors have reported feeling less isolated, and more positive as well as being appreciative of their Volunteer calling. The goal of the program is to decrease Senior’s isolation and loneliness and it is our hope to improve the condition of Senior’s lives helping them to flourish.

2021 will be a year of expansion as we bring the program to new Communities, simplify processes, and enhance communications and outreach building the Keep in Touch Community of Seniors and Volunteers across the Province.

If you are interested in becoming a Keep in Touch community, reach out to Volunteer Lethbridge at 403-332-4320 or helpinghands@volunteerlethbridge.com.