Indigo Calling

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What is Indigo Calling?

Indigo Calling is a telephone visiting service where community members are matched with volunteers from their community for a regular, friendly chat at an agreed time. 

Trained volunteers are matched with community members based on their interests, hobbies and availability. 

Volunteers complete training, a criminal record check and are registered volunteers of the local health services in Indigo Shire.  


Why do we need Indigo Calling? 

Indigo Calling is one of several projects the community identified as important to support local people in Indigo Shire to live happier and healthier lives. 

The key aim of Indigo Calling is to provide friendship and companionship to participants. 

A phone chat can break down isolation so local people can remain connected and included in their own community. 


Who is Indigo Calling for?

Indigo Calling is free for the people of Indigo Shire to access. This program is for people who enjoy some social contact via the phone. 

Indigo Calling may benefit those who:

  • Feel isolated
  • Find it difficult to get out of the house
  • New members of the community
  • Live in a remote location
  • Are living with a disability
  • Live alone

Volunteers

Indigo Calling volunteers are registered volunteers of Beechworth Health Service, Indigo North Health or Yackandandah Health. Volunteers receive training and support as well as position descriptions of what is expected of them and the boundaries they should work within.

Indigo Calling volunteers are:

  • People with good communication and listening skills.
  • Able to make a phone call at least once a week for approximately 20 minutes at their own cost.
  • Willing to complete training and a criminal record check.

How do I participate?

To become a volunteer or register to receive calls please contact your closest health service and ask to speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Beechworth Health Service

52 Sydney Road Beechworth

Phone: 03 5728 0200

Email: bhs_reception@bhs.hume.org.au

 

Indigo North Health

168 High St Rutherglen

Phone: 02 6033 6200

 

Yackandandah Health

20 Isaacs Avenue Yackandandah

Phone: 02 6028 0100

Email: info@yackhealth.com.au


Indigo Calling was developed with the support of an Age Friendly Victoria grant from State Government Department of Health and Human Services. 

Last updated: 17 August 2018