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Local Support Groups

The Silver Line Helpline

The Silver Line Helpline is a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year which;

  • Offers information, friendship and advice
  • Links callers to local groups and services
  • Offers regular befriending calls
  • Protects and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect 

More than half of all 75 year olds in the UK live alone and one in ten suffers “intense” loneliness but is reluctant to ask for help. In a recent poll 9 out of 10 older people told researchers that “a chat on the phone” is the most helpful solution when they feel lonely but 1 in 4 older people say they never or seldom have someone to chat to on the phone.  
This service is promoted by Commissioners from Central Bedfordshire Council.


Caring for Carers

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has selected Bedfordshire CCG as one of four localities in the UK to pilot its new ‘caring for carers hub’ as part of the supporting carers in general practice programme.  
Our local hub has been developed with the support of Carers in Bedfordshire to ensure it provides accurate, up-to-date local information.  We’re extremely proud that the Bedfordshire hub was showcased at the Carers summit earlier this year.

Caring for Carers online hub

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