The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. It is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Silver Line is a national charity and delivers one to one services in support of older people in the UK who may be experiencing challenges due to the impact of loneliness or social isolation.
It was Dame Esther Rantzen’s feelings of loneliness following the death of her husband that prompted her, as founder and president, to publicly share her own feelings and open up the discussion around loneliness – a subject surrounded by stigma.
In November 2011 she was invited to make a key-note speech at a conference at which she came up with the idea of creating a helpline in order to support vulnerable older people, sign-post them to projects and services, break through the stigma of loneliness and isolation, and tackle the problems of abuse and neglect.
If you know anyone who you think might benefit from The Silver Line, then please give them the helpline number: 0800 4 70 80 90