Agencies which can provide help and support
Able Community Care 01603 764567, www.uk-care.com - Arrange live-in carers for an elderly or disabled person in the UK.
UK Advice Line
0800 169 6565
Information and advice for older people
Aid for the Aged in Distress: 0870 803 1950, www.agedistress.org.uk - Makes emergency grants to enable elderly people to cope with living alone. Grants for essentials such as heating, bedding, cookers, carpets, curtains, furniture, repairs, telephones, alarm connections, clothing.
Alzheimers Society. This organisation has been mentioned several times on this site.
Helpline 0300 222 1122
support, advice and referrals to appropriate organisations.
The Cinnamon Trust: 01736 757900, www.cinnamon.org.uk - National charity for
elderly or terminally ill people and their pets. Network of volunteers who can visit homebound owners to take dogs for daily walks, foster pet as one of their family when owners face time in hospital, take pets to the vet, by pet food, clean budgie cage, have
national register of nursing homes and residential homes and sheltered housing for elderly that will accept residents and their pets. Can arrange care of pets when owners die.
Contact the Elderly: 0800 716 543, www.contact-the-elderly.org - To enable very elderly people living alone to enjoy social contact, bringing companionship into their lives. Independent self run groups of volunteers and elderly housebound people are formed in a particular
area. Once a month on a Sunday afternoon, each group (of some 6 volunteers and 8-10 elderly people) meets in the home of a volunteer host.
0845 130 7172 / 01908 317618
Registered charity providing unique free services to younger stroke survivors throughout the UK. Helps stroke survivors of working age to optimize their recovery, take control of their own lives and regain
as much independence as possible by offering rehabilitative services, information and advice. Network of different stroke exercise groups, telephone helpline, counselling network.
Elder Abuse Response: 0808 808 8141, www.elderabuse.org.uk - Helpline offering information and support for anyone concerned about the abuse of an older person.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel: - First Stop Advice for Older People, 0800 377 7070 , www.housingcare.org - Helpline for older people, families and agencies. Guidance, advice and information to help callers choose and fund the accommodation most suited to their needs. Maintain a national database of all forms of accommodation
for older people.
Dementia UK: 0845 257 9406, This organisation has been mentioned several times on this website. www.dementiauk.org - Telephone or email advice
and support for family carers, people with dementia and professionals provided by experienced Admiral nurses.
Friends of the Elderly: 020 7730 8263, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fote.org.uk - To support older people, often frail, confused or with dementia, to maintain a level of independence and choice by providing a complete range of services for them, provides home visiting services, run day centre facilities.
Grandparents Apart - Self Help Group Scotland: 0141 882 5658, www.grandparentsapart.co.uk - Support for grandparents apart from their grandchildren.
Association: 0845 434 9585, www.grandparents-association.org.uk - Helpline and other advice and support services for all grandparents, particularly those denied contact with
their grandchildren or responsible for their upbringing. Support Groups.
IndependentAge (new brand name of the Royal United Kingdom Beneficent Association (RUKBA)
0800 319 6789
Charity that champions independence for older people. Aims to help older people on low incomes to live independently with dignity and peace of mind by providing a regular extra income, grants for emergencies, equipment to aid independence, support and
friendship of volunteers, nursing and residential care and help with fees.
NBFA Assisting the Elderly
020 7828 0200
To improve the quality of life
for older people in the UK on low income by tackling isolation, loneliness, pain, fear, especially for those who live alone. The NBFA does this by giving direct practical help in three specific ways, free holidays, free TENS machines, free emergency telephone
alarms for those on low income.
National Federation of Solo Clubs:
To provide social events for widowed, divorced and
separated people and other single people at 64 clubs nationwide.
National Federation of Women’s Institutes: 020 7371 9300, www.thewi.org.uk - Arrange monthly meetings with
speakers, demonstrations, activities, learning experiences for women.
Wales Office: 02920 221712
Pets As Therapy: 01844 345 445, www.petsastherapy.org
- Provide therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools, and a variety of other venues by volunteers with their own friendly temperament tested cats and dogs.
020 7339 8500 – Ring for details of local group.
Relatives and Residents Association: 020 7359 8136, www.relres.org - Telephone advice and support services for older people living in nursing and residential homes, and for their families and friends. Referrals to 25 local volunteer run groups across the UK. Local groups provide information
and enable people to share experiences.
Seniors Network: www.seniorsnetwork.co.uk - Website with lots of useful information - computers/interests, health, money, pensions,
making a Will, leisure, travel - an information resource for older people and their organisations. Encourages all seniors to take an interest in technology, computers and internet.
The Stroke Association – 0303 3033 100 www.stroke.org.uk information, advice, latest research, Talkstroke discussion forum.
Stroke Support Group – for all types of stroke online community and information www.strokesupportgroup.org
St. Vincent de Paul Society:
020 7703 3030
To support the needy and marginalized by person to person contact. Activities include helping the elderly, sick, unemployed, lonely, bereaved.
The Silver Line: This website has been mentioned several times on this website.
0800 4 70 80 90
Free confidential helpline providing information, friendship, advice to older people. Open 24hrs a day every day of the year.
Can link callers to local groups and services, offer regular befriending calls, protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect.
0118 988 5688
Thrive is a small national charity that uses gardening to change the lives of disabled and older people. Thrive has two gardening projects, one near Reading in Berkshire and one in Battersea Park, South London. Thrive also supports around 900 gardening
projects in England and the Irish Republic and can put people in touch with a project in their local area
Other useful websites
www.caredirections.co.uk - Information relating
to care and rights of older people including information on funding different care options
www.laterlife.com - Information for over 50s includes features, travel, health, leisure, retirement
courses, jobs and working in later life.