Combatting loneliness

Many older people wake up  feeling lonely and isolated and with no one to turn to.  The Silver Line charity was founded by Dame Esther Rantzen in 2013 to offer support to the 1.2 million older people in Britain believed to be struggling with loneliness and social isolation.

The Silver Line is a confidential helpline. Callers are free to express their feelings, and describe their lives honestly, and can trust us to respect their privacy.

In cases of abuse or neglect, with the callers’ permission, The Silver Line will involve specialist safeguarding organisations such as Action on Elder Abuse or the appropriate social services team.

The Silver Line is the only confidential, and free helpline for over 55s that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

To contact The Silver Line, call freephone 0800 4 70 80 90 or visit