Free service available for older people experiencing loneliness

This year’s Loneliness Awareness Week started on Monday and runs until Sunday 21st June, and as part of the week’s activities Age Scotland is highlighting a new service for older people who are experiencing loneliness.

The charity has launched a new free friendship call service that any older people who are feeling lonely can call for a friendly chat. You can call them for free on 0800 12 44 222.

Commenting on the new service, Iain Gray MSP said:

“We can all feel lonely at times. But for many people right now during lockdown, often shielding on their own, they are more lonely than ever. This Loneliness Awareness Week, please make an extra effort to reach out to people you know, especially those who live alone, and have a chat. It could mean the world to them.

“If you are older and feeling lonely, why not pick up the phone and call Age Scotland for a blether and a friendly chat. Call them for free on 0800 12 44 222. I know that they would love to speak with you.”

Visit www.age.scot/friendship for more information about the service and Age Scotland’s other work tackling loneliness.