How we can help you
At the OA we understand that it's important to maintain a fulfilling social life. To support you with achieving this we have selected key organisations who may be able to help you gain independence, build self esteem and develop social relationships.
If you think you may be eligible for help from the OA, please contact us. For additional support and advice on specific subjects, please select from the options below.
How we helped Mrs Q feel happier and less lonely
Widowed, 80 year old Mrs Q, lives alone with her pet cat for company, and no family. Unable to drive, she relied on infrequent bus trips to buy essentials in town but this was becoming more difficult as she experienced mobility issues. Soon she spent many days at a time not speaking to anyone as she didn’t know her neighbours who were unfriendly.
When the OA Benevolence Secretary heard of her plight, she put her in touch with Silverline, a charity which provides telephone befriending. In addition, another charity, Contact the Elderly, which organises monthly tea parties for older people, arranged for her to be collected and taken to her local tea party.
"I used to not speak to anyone for what seemed like months at a time. Now I can speak to someone at any time day or night. It's marvelous that I'm meeting people who live locally at the tea parties. They are usually the same people each time so we are all becoming good friends and I can ring them up too in between the parties. I feel so much happier."
Mrs Q, Widow of an officer
Supporting those over the state pension age, Independent Age offers help with financial, social and other information. You can also order copies of their Wise Guides; advice guides which include helpful tips, contact numbers, ideas and insights to help you.
Contact the Elderly organise monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people aged 75 and over, who live alone with little or no support from friends, family or statutory services. Contact them on their free helpline 0800 716543. Friends of the Elderly are dedicated older people. They offer support and information on all aspects of later life, with the aim of helping older people to live fulfilling lives.
SilverLine offers a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK. They're open 24 hours a day and have specialist staff on hand to assist you. Helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90.