Agencies that can provide help and support

Agencies that can provide help and support

Able Community Care:
01603 764567
Arrange live-in carers for an elderly or disabled person in the UK.

Age UK Advice Line
to 0800 678 1602
Information and advice for older people

Alzheimers Society:
Helpline 0300
222 1122
Information, support, advice and referrals to appropriate organisations.

The Cinnamon Trust:
01736 757900
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.

0800 716 543
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.

Different Strokes:
0345 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
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
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:
0800 888 6678
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

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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
Support for grandparents apart from their grandchildren.

Grandparents Plus
0300 123 7015
National charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives - especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.

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.

National Federation of Women’s Institutes:
020 7371 9300 
Arrange monthly meetings with speakers, demonstrations, activities, learning experiences for women.
Wales Office: 02920 221712

01743 245088
Work with family care-givers, people nearing the end of life, bereaved, socially isolated individuals, frail and the elderly.  Information and support and The Chatterbox telephone befriending service.

0203 488 2912
Trusted volunteers are matched to older adults who need help at home, shopping, tech lessons, gardening, small jobs, cup of tea etc. £10 an hour.
Covering the London area. 

Supporting independent advocacy services for older people. Website includes list of advocacy services across the country.

PAPAS - People & Pets Advocates
0300 666 3999 
A Not-For-Profit-Organisation who are establishing an infrastructure of volunteers to support people by sharing the care of their pets during a health crisis and difficult times. Through a network of volunteers, PAPAS offers free practical help such as dog walking, respite petcare, fostering, dog and cat grooming, transporting pets to the vets and basic medical pet care.  

Pets As Therapy:
01865 671440
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.

Ramblers Association:
020 7339 8500
– Ring for details of local group.

Relatives and Residents Association:
020 7359 8136
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.

Royal Voluntary Service:
0845 608 0122
RVS has more than 35,000 volunteers who help support older people stay independent at home and active in their communities. It's that practical little bit of help that makes all the difference, whether at home, getting them where they want to go, bringing people together through social activities or supporting them in hospital. Their aim is to provide the support that enables older people to live independent and fulfilled lives. (Find details of your local RVS through the website)

The Silver Line:
0800 4 70 80 90
Free confidential helpline providing information, friendship, advice to people aged 55 and over. 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.

The Stroke Association:
0303 3033 100
Information, advice, latest research, Talkstroke discussion forum.

Stroke Support Group
For all types of stroke online community and information

St. Vincent de Paul Society:
020 7703 3030
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To support the needy and marginalized by person to person contact. Activities include helping the elderly, sick, unemployed, lonely, bereaved.

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

01708 621 101
159a High Street, Hornchurch, Essex RM11 3YB
Provides radio and television facilities for the housebound and the aged unable to afford them.

Useful websites - Information for over 50s includes features, travel, health, leisure, retirement courses, jobs and working in later life.