Volunteering within a phone call


To combat social isolation, the Cooperative António Sérgio for the Social Economy (CAES) decided to relaunch the “Voice of Solidarity: call whoever needs it” movement.

This solidarity initiative, which had been developed during the Christmas period, aims to encourage the Portuguese to be volunteers and to keep company with those who need it most.

In practice, everyone can be supportive and call anyone who asks for help. Carla Ventura, vice-president of CAES, says that “everyone can be a volunteer”, because “volunteering is a pure expression of solidarity”.

The responsible person tells the Renaissance that “anyone who understands, can call at any time” and recalls that “when someone feels alone he sometimes remembers that there are others who can be much more alone”.

“Volunteering and volunteering and the possibility of keeping company is just a phone call away”, he stresses.

The relaunch of this movement “Voice of solidarity: call whoever needs it most” was precipitated by the dynamics achieved during Christmas when “almost six thousand people were registered on the website and more than 25 thousand minutes of conversation were made”. After this experience, CAES received “several emails asking if the initiative would not be resumed; if they couldn’t get back in touch with people they had spoken to at Christmas because they believed that, at this moment, they would be alone ”.

“We have not set a time limit and we will maintain the initiative as long as it makes sense, being obviously indexed to the confinement period.”

For the sake of data protection, CAES did not keep the record of “who to whom it connects” but according to Carla Ventura “there were calls that took more than an hour and it was possible by speaking people from Faro with people from Bragança ”which helped to realize also“ this was an initiative that could make sense to give it some continuity ”.

Carla Ventura recalls that “through vozsolidaria.pt; anyone can register or register to receive a call from a volunteer ”. “And if you want to be a volunteer, if you want to offer your friendly voice to those who need it most, just call 96 217 1780”, he concludes.


Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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