Friendship line for aged launched

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Joseph Day, who has been regulating a service, pronounced that he found losing his mother roughly unbearable

A giveaway 24-hour dedicated helpline for comparison people opposite a UK has been launched by Esther Rantzen.

‘The Silver Line’ aims to fight loneliness in a over-65s by providing friendship, information and recommendation by calls to lerned volunteers.

Chairwoman Ms Rantzen pronounced she hoped a phone line number, 0800 4 70 80 90, would be remembered by all comparison people when they indispensable loyalty or advice.

The phone line is saved by a £5m extend from a Big Lottery Fund.

The Department of Health has pronounced that loneliness causes critical earthy and mental damage. More than half of a UK’s over-75s live alone.

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“We will signpost them to a services in their community, and by display them we value them and caring about them we will revive their certainty and feelings of self-worth.”

She added: “It is comfortless that comparison people are so undervalued and removed that they trust life is not value vital and that they are no longer partial of a tellurian race.”


Last year, a Campaign to End Loneliness estimated that some-more than a million people in a UK feel trapped in their homes and around 5 million comparison people cruise radio their categorical form of company.

Recently a Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pronounced it was ashamed that as many as 800,000 people in England were “chronically lonely”.

Volunteers responding helpline calls will be speedy to cater comparison people and make unchanging loyalty calls to them over a duration of months.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: “In a bustling lives we too simply forget a thousands of comparison people who mostly go for days but saying or vocalization to anyone, or rest on a radio for company.

“This use will assistance yield people with a fraternisation and support they merit in their comparison years.”

During an progressing commander proviso in a North East and North West of England, a Isle of Man and Jersey, a helpline was means to answer 7,000 calls from comparison people.

The helpline can be used by comparison people via a UK.

The gift Age UK, that runs a possess write befriending service, welcomed a launch of Silver Line.

A mouthpiece said: “Older people can get in hold with their internal Age UK to see how a gift can assistance by a operation of services such as befriending that competence embody home visits and write calls for people who are feeling waste or isolated.

“If anyone is disturbed about an comparison chairman this winter call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65 for consultant advice. Lines are open from 8am to 7pm, 365 days a year.”


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