Over 50% of all 75 year olds in the UK live alone and one in ten has expressed regularly experiencing intense loneliness. 9 out of 10 older people told researchers that a chat ‘on the phone’ is the best solution for when they feel lonely, however 1 in 4 people say they never or rarely have someone to speak to on the phone.
The Silver Line is a charity with a purpose to try and help over 75 year olds feel less lonely. It’s a free helpline that lonely older people can call, with volunteers who aim to offer information, friendship and advice. Their job is also to protect and support elderly people suffering from neglect or abuse.
How you can help
– Donating is easy and can be done through the silver line website where you can set up single or regular donations. The website demonstrates how the charity has helped people so far.
– You can sign up for volunteering simply online where you’ll be given all the relevant information on what is required of a silver line volunteer. Volunteering also includes the option of being a ‘letter friend’ where you’ll be matched to an older person based on your interests so you can exchange letters and provide some conversation for a lonely elder.
– Fundraising events are also a great way to donate to the charity, ensuring it can go on to help these people.
Volunteering or donating in any way can provide someone who is lonely with something enjoyable to look forward to.