Staffs LinkLine

The Chairman's Page


As Parish Priest at St Werburgh's in Clayton, I am frequently reminded of how isolation and loneliness can affect so many individuals.  This is especially true of the elderly who are a particularly vulnerable group.

The work undertaken by LinkLine is widely recognised as being of immense value to those clients receiving calls and is often commented on by their wider family too.  Although some might consider the service to be 'End of Life', we believe that it is far more important than that and consider it is more 'Life Affirming'.  It enables this vulnerable group to be able to live in their own homes, feeling more secure and safe in familiar surroundings.

Clients, in receiving calls from our team of volunteers establish a professional and strong bond of friendship and trust which enables the volunteer to spot any difficulty the client may be facing and 'Link' to other organisations to ensure the support and advice is made available to them.

As well as myself, a number of experienced and professional individuals meet regularly to steer and direct the Management Team to deliver the very best possible support to both Volunteers and Clients alike.  I know that Sue McKenna would welcome enquiries form anyone considering volunteering to our service and can assure you of the friendly and supportive way in which the team works.

It is a priority of LinkLine to be run efficiently and economically.  The support given by St Werburgh's helps greatly towards this aim.  I am pleased to offer LinkLine a place to work from within our Church buildings and promote the work of their service.  Clearly, LinkLine have costs incurred in the day to day running and management of the service and continue to search for grants and funds from a number of sources to meet these funding needs.  We have benefited from funding received from Robbie Williams 'Give It Sum" Charity; Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle Borough Council among many others, and from a number of fundraising events held on our behalf as well as from work completed by ourselves.  LinkLine would welcome contact from organisations prepared to support or sponsor them.

The most important part of the work undertaken is our Client.  LinkLine has never turned down anyone needing their help and the service is FREE to receive.  If you, or someone you know, would like to receive a call from a Volunteer, please contact LinkLine on 01782 710436  or at any of the contact points and someone will return your call


Fr. Anton Madej SCJ