Rounding up our Charity Pledge – The Silver Line

The Silver Line has been the recipient of some of our most inventive support this past year. While our events for MNDA, Stepping Stones & St Helena Hospice were grand and ambitious, our support for The Silver Line has been relentless and persistent. Starting with our very own re-construction of the Olympic Rings expanding on the charity’s very own ‘Silver Line of coins’ fundraising technique, we raised a total of £29.80 over the Olympic period from loose change. Following this and still during the Olympic and Paralympic period, we decided to donate our time to source volunteers for the Telephone Befriending Service, which forms the backbone of services that The Sliver Line offers to help combat loneliness in an aging population. The time we donated depended on how many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals we won throughout the combined games, and due to the amazing success of Team GB we were set a target of 38 hours for our Volunteer Recruitment Drive!

Now that our 5th Birthday Charity year has come to a close we can finally announce that we managed to absolutely SMASH our time target! All in all, with every member of the team circulating adverts in their region for the Volunteer Telephone Befriender role and making sure to contact, encourage and support each applicant through the process of becoming a Silver Friend, along with a huge amount of coordination and initiative from our Office Manager Jo, we have managed to speak to and forward on the details of 96 prospective Volunteers onto The Silver Line and have contacted a further 51 prospective volunteers who applied for the role, and in doing so we have donated a total of 79.5 hours of our time to this amazing cause!

We’re incredibly pleased with the feedback we have received from Sophie Andrews, CEO of The Silver Line as a result of our efforts and it’s fantastic to know that already the people we have been putting in contact with The Silver Line, many of whom had never heard of the charity, are already undertaking their training to connect to older people experiencing loneliness across the UK. Take a look at Sophie’s testimonial of our hard work;

Bright Selection have won gold for their awareness and volunteering recruitment efforts. The team decided to donate an amount of time for each gold, silver and bronze medal Team GB won; and for anyone who missed the action in Rio 2016 – we got quite a few!

The Silver Line is the only national, free and confidential helpline for older people open every single day and night of the year. We offer information, advice or even just a chat via our helpline and friendship services. With 1000 older people waiting for a weekly friendship call, we desperately need more volunteer Silver Line Friends to give just 30 minutes a week to chat on the phone to an older person.

Following Team GB’s success at the 2016 Olympic Games, Bright Selection used their skills in talking to people to spread the word of The Silver Line and sign-up volunteers. So far, we have one volunteer who has just begun making calls to a Silver Liner (what we call the older people who use our services), with three more volunteers trained and awaiting to start their friendship calls. And with four more volunteers currently waiting to start training, we‘re really pleased with just how well this unique partnership is going.

We have been overwhelmed by the response we have had from volunteers coming via the team at Bright Selection and with 1000 older people waiting for a friendship call, we hope to use this as a template for working with other organisations in 2017.

Thanks once again to everyone at Bright Selection.

Sophie Andrews, CEO at The Silver Line

Steph calling candidates for The Silver Line recruitment drive
Our completed Silver Rings!

“We have been overwhelmed by the response we have had from volunteers coming via the team at Bright Selection and with 1000 older people waiting for a friendship call, we hope to use this as a template for working with other organisations in 2017.”