A YEAR ago, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board opened a helpline for those suffering from social isolation and depression.
The Arnie and Essie Helpline, manned every weekday (8am-8pm), was made possible by Leeds lawyer Marilyn Stowe in memory of her parents, Arnold and Estelle Morris.
The facility has moved forward with the LJWB Listening Line, a new free, confidential service.
The outreach programme, which will be launched on Monday, involves trained staff and volunteers who contact people by phone to offer a hand of friendship, advice, and a listening ear as well as a chat on a regular basis.
The Listening Line expects to reach out to some 150 individuals, mostly to people who live in sheltered accommodation, but also includes anyone in the community as well as LJWB service users.
To join the service, which is available from Monday-Friday (8am-12pm), contact Carole on 0113-218 5875.