Wednesday 19 September 2018

Line gives help to combat loneliness

Senior Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for older people provided by older trained volunteers. (Stock photo)
Senior Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for older people provided by older trained volunteers. (Stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - Following Alan O'Keeffe's article (Sunday Independent, June 17) and the recently published report by Dr Keith Swanick on loneliness in Ireland, I would like to tell you of a free service available to all older people that aims to lessen loneliness.

Senior Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for older people provided by older trained volunteers. We are happy to talk to anyone who would like some company or has a problem they would like to discuss. We received more than 10,000 calls last year from older people all over Ireland.

I am one of more than 170 volunteers and I know from my own experience how helpful people find us. Some callers tell us we are their lifeline. Our freephone number is 1850440444 and we are open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, from 10am to 10pm. So don't be alone - give us a call.

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