It’s no secret that this is a tough time for the arts sector. It’s also been tough for the nation’s elderly population. We want the future to be different. So we’ve launched Connectforce Companions - our virtual befriending scheme which brings together artists and older people via weekly video calls..
Connectforce Companions is a way for creatives to harness their unparalleled communication skills to improve the life of someone who needs support. The process is simple: we will pair them with an older ‘companions’, with whom they will communicate via weekly video calls.
WHAT IS IN IT FOR THE ARTISITS?
Make a real difference with your spare time
Small commitment - only 30 mins a week
Volunteers receive a free Enhanced DBS check
Full training provided
Great addition to your CV
An opportunity to learn valuable life lessons from an older person
A chance to meet someone new, tell your story and perhaps practise the occasional song!
HOW DOES COMPANIONS WORK:
The process is simple…
Step 1 - Click this link to begin your application. It will take you to our volunteer management platform, Better Impact. If you don’t have an Enhanced DBS check, you’ll see a link to apply for this too. Don’t worry - Connectforce will cover the cost!
Step 2 - Once you’ve completed your application, we’ll arrange a short induction call, as well as a virtual training session for all volunteers to fully prepare them for their Companion chats.
Step 3 - Congrats, you’re now a fully fledged member of the Connectforce Community!
Step 4 - The programme lasts for 8 weeks, and involves a weekly 20 minute video chat with your companion. We’ll arm you with tips and topics to talk about (if you need them), but essentially all that is required is friendliness, empathy and positivity - which we are sure you have in spades!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
GEORGIA, WRITER & DIRECTOR
“It was incredibly mutually beneficial… it was this structured point in the week where we could both chat about how we had been”
“It’s a conversation with someone and contact with someone, and that simple act can really transform.”
"I recommend it to all artists - it’s a great way to connect with like minded people and it is so positive."
JONNY, RADIO HOST
“It was brilliant! This is someone who I would never have otherwise spoken to, we come from two totally different worlds, and yet there we were having a lovely chat”