The Sil­ver line

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - OPINION -

The Sil­ver Line was launched five years ago with a fiveyear grant from The Big Lot­tery Fund. It now has to rely on the gen­eros­ity of the pub­lic to keep go­ing.

So far the char­ity has man­aged to an­swer three in four of the calls it re­ceives. But it needs more help to con­tinue and to boost that num­ber.

It is the only na­tional ser­vice for lonely older peo­ple that is there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

It of­fers a 24/7 helpline, weekly friend­ship calls by trained vol­un­teers (many of whom are older peo­ple them­selves), con­fer­ence calls (Sil­ver Cir­cles) and Sil­ver Let­ters.

It also pro­vides ham­pers to older peo­ple at Christ­mas who will not re­ceive any other present and sends Christ­mas cards.

The char­ity has taken over two mil­lion calls since its launch.

The Sil­ver Line is a free and con­fi­den­tial and can be con­tacted on 0800 4 70 80 90.

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