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1000 older people waiting for a friendship call

We know from the older people who have joined The Silver Line – who chose to be called Silver Liners – that just a few minutes of your time can make a big difference.

We’re all about the power of human contact and volunteers are vital to The Silver Line’s commitment to reduce loneliness and isolation, and improve the lives of older people.

The facts are startling:

  • 5 million people aged over-65 in the UK live alone – and over half (51%) of all over-75s live alone
  • Just over one million people over-65 in the UK say they are always, or often feel, lonely
  • About five million older people consider the TV as their main form of company

As a Silver Line volunteer you can bring invaluable skills and experiences, along with the capacity to help make a difference, while being our link to communities and older people across the UK.

We have hundreds of older people who need a Silver Line Friend today.

Could you spare a few minutes every week to be that person to share an experience, enjoy a joke, or just chat with them?

To find out more, email: [email protected]

Make a difference as a Silver Line volunteer

Volunteering as a Silver Line Friend offers the precious gift of friendship and can have a significant impact on the lives of both the Silver Liner and the volunteer.

See how a call from a Silver Line Friend makes a big difference

We have a range of volunteering opportunities, including:

We are also looking for volunteers with fundraising skills. Find out more here

To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please email: [email protected] or fill in our short volunteer information request form below.

Please allow 5 working days for us to process your volunteer request form. If you have not heard from us after this time, we ask that you check your junk email folder as our emails can be re-directed to this area by certain email accounts. 

I had my first call yesterday. Loved every minute of it. There weren’t any pauses or awkward moments and this was my main worry . . . can’t wait for the next one.

Nicola, Telephone Friend