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Age UK

Charity providing information, advice and support for the elderly – including local befriending schemes
Telephone: 0800 169 6565

Alcoholics Anonymous

Help and support for people who want to stop drinking
Telephone: 0845 769 7555

Be a Friend

Friends of the Elderly is a charity supporting older people. As a part of their work, they run the campaign 'Be a Friend' to help change the future of loneliness. You can find out more on their website.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Details of accredited therapists in your area
Telephone: 0161 705 4304

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Details of accredited therapists in your area
Telephone: 01455 883 300

Contact the Elderly

Volunteers organise regular Sunday afternoon tea parties for people over 75, who live with little or no social support.
Telephone: 0800 716543/ 0207 240 0630

Depression Alliance

Charity offering support and advice for people with depression.
Telephone: 0845 123 23 20
Website: – community for people with depression

Friends in Need

See Depression Alliance, above

Independent Age

A charity that gives advice and support for older age, including befriending services.
Advice line: 0800 319 6789

Royal Voluntary Society (RVS)

Charity offering befriending, local transport services and activities for older people.
Telephone: 0845 608 0122


The Saga Magazine gives advice, information and holidays for people over 50.


24-hour support for anyone having a difficult time
Telephone: 08457 90 90 90

The Silver Line

Free, confidential 24-hour phone line for older people offering information and friendship. People can call anytime for advice, information or simply a chat - the charity also offers a befriending service. Silver Circles are conference calls for several like-minded people who would like to chat in a group. 
Helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90

Silversurfers’ Guide

Advice for older people about using the internet

University of the Third Age (U3A)

Charity with local groups offering educational, creative and leisure opportunities for older people.
Telephone: 020 8466 6139

Volunteering England

Information about volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Wales

Information about volunteering opportunities in Wales.

Page last reviewed: 29 February 2016
Next review due: 31 October 2017