After a successful volunteer recruitment drive in June, the County of Grande Prairie’s Keep in Touch (KIT) program volunteers are ready to connect with seniors for weekly one-hour telephone visits. Residents over 50 years of age who are interested in receiving weekly phone visits can apply online at www.countygp.ab.ca/KIT or by calling Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) at 780-532-9727.  

“Loneliness and isolation for seniors have long been identified as areas of concern and have been recognized as a global public health issue,” said Dale Bond, Home Support Coordinator.   

“Our volunteers look forward to the stories and wisdom that will be shared, and connections they will form in their conversations with residents,” added Bond. “They will also be able to provide assistance with finding resources, if needed. It is our hope that seniors experiencing loneliness and isolation will reach out and register soon, to begin feeling the immediate benefits of this connection and support.”  

KIT is an innovative, collaborative program which provides the social infrastructure to support the mental health and overall well-being of seniors. Developed by Volunteer Lethbridge, a partnership with the Rural Development Network in 2020 saw the program expand to rural communities. The County’s FCSS department signed on to become one of five Alberta communities to pilot the expansion of KIT. Funding for the rural expansion of the initiative was provided by the COVID-19 Mental Health and Addiction Community Fund.   

More information about the program is available at www.countygp.ab.ca/KIT.    

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Media contact: 
Dale Bond  
Home Support Coordinator  
780-532-9727