How you can seek support

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).

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Volunteering opportunities are available with both charities. For the RVS, visit or contact the charity on the number above. To find out more about volunteering with Independent Age, visit