There are a number of ways we can support you. For instance, you can call our free Helpline to talk about how we can help, or to arrange a call with one of our expert advisers. Our advice service is a free, impartial and confidential telephone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and health professionals. We also provide a wide range of other services to support people in later life. Our community services team of dedicated staff and volunteers help isolated older people to re-build a fulfilling and independent social life and reduce feelings of loneliness. Our team will give you information and guidance on how to access the support you need.

Call the freephone Helpline

Call us on 0800 319 6789 for information or to arrange to talk to one of our expert advisers who provide free and impartial advice on issues such as care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility.

Advice for family and friends 

Find out how you can support an older person facing issues such as ill health or loneliness, and what to do if you’re worried about someone’s safety. We also have tips on how to bring up sensitive subjects such as the need for extra help at home.

Staying connected

Meet new people with similar interests and experiences, make friends, attend activities in your communities or find out other local services that can be of help. Our volunteers can help with friendship visits and telephone calls to feel less lonely or isolated.

Telephone Groups

We run Telephone Groups to give social and learning opportunities to people who may not be online or who may struggle to get out and about into their communities. Think of these groups like a cup of tea and a chat at a community centre, but over the phone in the comfort of your living room.

Support for carers

Caring for someone can be demanding, both emotionally and financially. Make sure you know your rights as a carer and check what support and benefits are available to help you and the person you care for.

Bereavement support

Chat to our bereavement experts, specially trained bereavement counsellors to help you deal with the practical matters and cope with bereavement when someone else dies. GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm or by email out of these hours.

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Are you supporting someone from the Ukraine?

If you are taking part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme, or have a friend or relative who has arrived in the UK from Ukraine, you may want to know how you can help the person you're supporting to set themselves up in the UK. The government has produced a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK, which covers things like access to a GP and essential benefits.