Many you may have heard talk of a new charity called The Silver Line set up by Esther Rantzen in response to her own experience of loneliness as an older person. Esther wrote an article about the loneliness and was struck by the responses she got from older people. This moved her to set up The Sliver Line, a helpline for older people.
The Silver Line is a simple idea, a single number 0800 328 8888 that older people can call for advice, information and friendship. The helpline has been running as pilot in the North West, North East, Isle of Man and Jersey and is to launch nationally in time for Christmas, when many people feel particularly alone.
I am excited to announce that Community Network will be working with The Silver Line in the coming months to run Silver Circles, telephone groups for callers to the helpline. They will run alongside The Silver Line’s existing telephone befriending service offer older people yet another way to stay connected and active.