There ARE kind, willing folk who will listen and sympathise with you, but can’t help unless you tell them. Would you like to contact them? You don’t need a computer or mobile phone. No problem, just pick up the telephone and dial one of these numbers below.
Please don’t feel you’re on your own; help is there if you ask for it. This list of befriending services for the elderly is just a start with companionship, but they can also give you helpful advice on various issues, eg. help with finances, mobility aids and transport. Even a small thing like the new Council service of having library books made available for you, can help with boredom. So please don’t suffer in silence, pick up the phone and speak to someone.
THE SILVER LINE Over 55’s All day and night, every day 0800 470 80 90
AGE CONNECT Over 65’s 02920 683600
AGE CYMRU Friend in Need Over 70’s 08000 223 444 Bilingual
RE-ENGAGE (Formerly Contact the Elderly) 0800 716543
ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE (NHS) Over 70’s 0808 196 3646
ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY Side by Side 0333 1503456 (For relatives)
CARDIFF COUNCIL ADVICE LINE 02920 871071
If this article doesn’t apply to you, can you spare a thought for those folk who live on their own and may not have anyone to talk to? Would you be willing to be the person who can brighten up their day? Please volunteer now – phone one of these charities and make a difference!