Many of us would admit to feeling lonely at some point in our lives. It is, however, the older members of our communities who are particularly vulnerable to loneliness, leaving them feeling cut off from society and leading to a decline in both their physical and mental wellbeing. Research has revealed the shocking fact that social isolation is as detrimental to a person’s health as smoking approximately fifteen cigarettes a day. With the average life expectancy in the UK on the increase, and more than two million people over the age of 75 living alone, loneliness has become a public health crisis and is therefore an issue which needs to be urgently addressed.

If you feel passionate about tackling this problem, volunteering for Action on Elder Abuse Scotland is a way in which you could make a genuine difference. Giving just a little of you time could make a hugely positive impact on the lives of elderly people in your community, allowing them to connect with others and to feel worthwhile and appreciated. There are a variety of ways in which you could become involved ranging from fundraising and raising awareness and volunteering for our helpline service. Our helpline volunteers take calls and provide direct support to people concerned about elder abuse (including neglect and financial exploitation). We do not offer a befriending service as part of our helpline but where this service is requested we will signpost callers to other organisations for support. Not only will you be helping others, you will also benefit from the experience by taking on a new challenge, gaining new skills and confidence and meeting new friends along the way. There really is nothing more rewarding!

So what’s stopping you? You have nothing to lose! It really is a win- win situation!

If you would like to be a volunteer or require more information please contact Brian Johnston our Scottish Co-ordinator on [email protected]

More information can also be found on our website- www.elderabuse.org.uk

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AEA is a charity registered in Scotland (reg. no: SC046278)