Volunteers needed now!

The UK is facing a loneliness epidemic, with around 1.2 million older people believed to be struggling with severe loneliness and chronic isolation. This number is expected to rise to 2 million by 2026.

The facts are startling:

  • 5 million people over 65 in the UK live alone, and over half of all over-75s live alone
  • Over a million people over 65 in the UK say they always or often feel lonely
  • About 5 million older people consider the TV their main form of company

You can be part of the solution

Just a few minutes of your time can make a huge difference. Many of our callers have nowhere else to turn and describe our services as a lifeline.

Will you give your time to help us tackle loneliness and social isolation? We have a range of rewarding and impactful volunteering roles and we are always looking for passionate, dedicated people to join us in our fight against loneliness.

Current opportunities

Helpline Hub Volunteer. Join one of our brand-new Volunteer Hubs where you will play an integral role in delivering our core 24/7 Helpline Service. Find out more.

Telephone Friend. Build a lasting friendship with an older person, making regular weekly calls. Find out more.

Regional Outreach Volunteer. Become the voice of The Silver Line in your local community, help us to raise awareness with older people, recruit new volunteers and fundraise for us. Read more.

Signposting and Information Volunteer. Provide signposting and advocacy to older people who have requested additional support in their local area. Find out more.

Keeping in Touch (KIT) Volunteer. Help us in contact and check on the wellbeing of older people while they wait to be matched in a Telephone Friendship. Read more.

We’re also looking for volunteers with fundraising skills. Find out more about our fundraising volunteer roles.

For more information

You can find out more about these volunteer roles, along with the role profiles, on the separate volunteer role pages. To apply for a role, please fill in our application form.

For more information about volunteering with us, please email [email protected] or fill in the information request form below. 

Please allow 5 working days for us to process your form. If you haven’t heard from us after this time, please check your junk folder, just in case our email ends up there.