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BuddyLine: Connect w/ the Elder Community & Create a Radio Show

Supported through ESF‘s funding, BuddyLine is a series of intergenerational phone calls that were born out of a need to combat loneliness, and to improve well-being during these tough periods of lockdown and self-isolation.

The calls for BudddyLine were due to finish before Christmas. However with the ever-changing government imposed restrictions and the prospect of some of our pairs unwillingly facing Christmas alone, we were eager to keep the conversations alive over the holiday period.

Our young Reform volunteers and Sonder Radio Buddies continued chatting on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Years. As ever, the conversations meandered through a variety of wonderful topics.

Here’s what the Buddies and Reform volunteers had to say about their experience:

“The calls were really interesting, I was able to speak to people who I normally wouldn’t get the chance to and I learnt quite a lot”

“I loved talking to my buddies at Christmas, it’s perfectly natural to call your family and friends to wish them well and it was lovely to include my buddies from Sonder Radio too.”

“It was nice to have someone to speak to on Christmas day, I was spending Christmas on my own because of the lockdown.”

Head to Reform Radio’s Mixcloud to listen to the episodes.

If you want to get involved in this wholesome project, gain skills and experience producing radio and build up your CV, be sure to see the flyer below to see how you can get involved.

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