The Silver Line, the charity dedicated to supporting lonely older people with an around-the-clock helpline and friendship service, were yesterday awarded £975,000 from Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
Over the past four years The Silver Line has received over £10 million of National Lottery funding in order to support those feeling lonely, as well as provide the only free, national, confidential 24/7 Helpline for older people. This is the last grant to The Silver Line, who received a first award of £5 million in 2013, which enabled the launch of this vital service.
This final grant will enable the charity to put plans in place to secure its longer term future and ensure sustainability so that its important work in tackling loneliness and isolation in older people can continue.
In August, The Silver Line Helpline hit a record of 1.5 million calls since launch and is currently taking over 1400 calls a day. Thanks to National Lottery funding, the charity has also been able to recruit and train 4000 volunteers, the Silver Line Telephone friends, in order to support the volume of calls.