Independent Age – Supporting the Elderly

Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. Independent Age, as its name suggests, is an independent charity set-up to support and advise elderly people with many issues that affect them as they grow older.

That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility, etc.  

A charity founded over 150 years ago, we’re independent so you can be.

Loneliness is a major issue facing our communities and having someone to catch up with regularly for a chat can make an enormous difference to someone who feels lonely. A regular telephone call or visit from one of our friendly volunteers can make all the difference – even if you only need it for a short time. It gives you the chance to have a regular chat with someone friendly and trustworthy.

Our volunteers are people who enjoy listening, talking, and getting to know people. They are trained by Independent Age and have all the checks you would expect.

Some people receive regular phone calls and some receive visits at home. If you feel you can benefit from this, the first step is to call Independent Age. We will discuss needs and preferences, and then together we will work out what would work best for you.

In addition to the befriending services, we have an extensive library of printed guides that are all available free by calling our freephone helpline. These guides cover a very wide range of topics including money (scams, debt, pensions), housing options (staying safe at home, types of housing, security), health, bereavement, caring for others and driving.

Call our freephone Helpline on 0800 319 6789 if you would like to order a guide, obtain advice or would like to discuss receiving regular friendship calls or visits. All advice is free and our advice and information services are completely impartial. We do not sell products or services and we do not receive a payment from any organisation for recommending their products or services. Visit:

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