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There are a number of helplines which are run by charitable organisations for people who are suffering from loneliness and want someone to talk to.

Royal Voluntary Service operates a helpline on 0845 608 0122 (Monday to Friday 8am-8pm; Saturday 9am-5pm). Calls are charged at a standard rate when using a BT landline. Calls from other providers or from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate.

Independent Age operates a freephone advice service on 0800 319 6789 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm).

Volunteering opportunities are available with both charities. For the RVS, visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or contact the charity on the number above. To find out more about volunteering with Independent Age, visit www.independentage.org/volunteer