Loneliness and social contact

Most people have experienced loneliness at some time in their lives and around two thirds of people know someone who is lonely. If you feel this way then there are things that you can do which will help.

We're setting up a social contact scheme for IET members. If you'd like to get involved please contact us.

Independent Age

It's not uncommon to having feelings of loneliness and there are lots of reasons why someone might feel this way. Independent Age has lots of practical tips on how to stay connected socially.

The Silver Line

If you would like to talk to someone or get more information about local groups and services then The Silver Line is a great place to start.

It's a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK* open every day and night of the year with specially trained helpline staff who:

  • Offer information, friendship and advice
  • Link callers to local groups and services
  • Offer regular befriending calls
  • Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect

*Silver Line Scotland is delivered by Age Scotland in partnership with The Silver Line during week days, 9am – 5pm. At all other times calls will be answered at the national helpline HQ. 


Feeling lonely can affect your mental and physical health.  Mind has information and suggestions on what you can do and where you can go to for support.


Two fifths of all older people say that television is now their main source of company.

Be a Friend

Be a Friend is a campaign by Friends of the Elderly to help reduce loneliness. It's about everyone connecting with older neighbours and members of their community.

More info