Become a rainbow call companion

As a rainbow call companion you’ll be someone who identifies as LGBT+ and who wants to make regular telephone calls to an older LGBT+ person experiencing social isolation or loneliness.

These friendly chats provide a lifeline of friendship for older people and a vital link with the outside world from which they’ve become isolated.

To become a rainbow call companion, you’ll need to:

  • Attend a 30-minute online volunteer group induction
  • Submit an ID check
  • Provide a reference
  • Complete online volunteer training modules

Tasks include:

  • Calling the older person you’ve been matched with for approximately 30 minutes either weekly or fortnightly at an agreed time.
  • Following the guidance in the online volunteer training so that your rainbow call companion calls are enjoyable, appropriate and in line with our charitable aims.
  • Keeping in regular contact with Re-engage and reporting any concerns to the team.
  • Keeping your knowledge and training up to date by reading our monthly volunteer newsletter – Re-engage Matters.

Could you be our next rainbow call companion?

  • This is a flexible, homebased voluntary role that can easily be fitted in around your own lifestyle and availability.
  • We’re looking for rainbow call companions who identify as LGBT+ and who can commit to volunteering for at least 12 months.
  • Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to become a Re-engage volunteer.
  • To keep our services free for older people, we aren’t able to pay expenses for this role.

This is a fun, flexible and rewarding role which will enable you to connect with, and make a real and lasting difference to, the life of an older person who is experiencing social isolation or loneliness.

As a valued Re-engage volunteer you’ll receive training, support and regular updates and communication from the Re-engage team.

We’re looking for rainbow call companions who have:

  • A friendly nature
  • Good listening skills
  • Good conversation skills
  • Patience and understanding
  • A passion for improving the lives of lonely and isolated older people
  • Basic computer skills (our inductions, checks and training are all online and our charity is paperless)

Remember – As a rainbow call companion you’ll be someone who identifies as LGBT+.

If this sounds like you, then we’d love to hear from you. You can apply to be a rainbow call companion by completing our online application form.

Contact us

We have teams across the UK.


7 Bell Yard


0800 716543

Office phone:

020 7240 0630