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Telechat Launched in Alpine Region

On Monday 25th September, Gerard Mansour, the Commissioner for Senior Victorians and the Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, launched the Alpine Telechat Program in Bright. Mr. Mansour highlighted how little acts can lead to breaking down isolation and how important a weekly telephone call from a Telechat Volunteer might ensure isolated older people living in rural areas are connected to their community and feel included.

At the launch Terri Hopper, the President of the Alpine Independent Aged Care Advocacy Service, spoke of the Service’s delight at being funded by Red Cross to establish the Telechat Program in the region and the commitment of the trained volunteers to make it a success. Lauren Carroll from Red Cross said that the Telechat Program fitted perfectly with Red Cross’ aim of addressing humanitarian needs at the local level.

TeleChat provides regular telephone calls to people who would benefit from a weekly social chat. Friendly volunteers call participants at an agreed time, generally once a week, to share conversation and catch up.

L to R: Gerard Mansour, Terri Hopper, Lauren Carroll and Fay Grey.

To make a referral to Alpine Telechat telephone 0420 824 814 or email

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