• Later Life Community Connect. Thanks to the support of Suffolk Community Foundation, Later Life Community are launching a new support service for older people in Suffolk on Monday 8th February 2021.  Later Life Community Connect is a single point of access telephone support line offering a “real” person at the end of the phone, between 10am – 2pm, seven days a week to speak to any older person or anyone worried about issues around later life. They’ll offer regular and agreed follow-up calls from Later Life Community to the individual to check how they are getting on and regular welfare calls for older people, with trained volunteers, can be arranged. Often the issue or concern that is the initial prompt for a call, is not necessarily the only (or main) reason for the call. This service will be about working collaboratively with many of the amazing organisations in the county that provide vital support for older people, to ensure that the caller gets all the support that is needed. Later Life Community hopes to become the advocate for older people in Suffolk. The Later Life Community Connect phone number is 01284 334516 and we’ll post updates about the service as we receive them.

    Later Life Community Connect Logo with phone number

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  • Independent Age – are a national charity that help, support and advise older people, as well as offering befriending services. You can call Independent Age‘s free Helpline on 0800 319 6789 if you would like advice on a range of issues from care and support, money and benefits, and health and mobility; if you would like to order one of their guides or leaflets, or if you would like to discuss receiving regular friendship calls. There’s also a great online quiz on their website you can take, to test to see if you are ‘Scam-wise’, posing examples of fake and genuine messages you might receive to see if you can tell the difference. Take a look at the full list of free advice guides and fact sheets they have available by clicking on the picture below, many of which we have been glad to take along on our Rural Coffee Caravan village visits.

    Our local, Suffolk, Independent Age representative is Simon Sinclair who can be contacted via email.

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  • Positive Ageing – Christine Webber writes a fortnightly column for East Anglian newspapers all about positive ageing: a positive guide about ageing and how to stay as young as possible for as long as possible. Too Young to Get Old is her series of video podcasts on the subject.

    Screengrab from Christine Webber Positive Ageing podcast video, Ep 2 Too Young to get old

  • Silversurfers Community. A website aimed at the over 50s, at the heart of Silversurfers community is a philosophy of Trust, Honesty, Friendship and Enjoyment. After registering on the site you can start a chat & create a group chat with other members; you can voice your opinion in polls and current affairs; showcase your creativity in their exhibition section; visit the forum to find posts to engage with. Elsewhere on the site are a variety of articles such as food, lifestyle, culture, books, technology and nostalgia; advice on health issues, finance, insurance and more, and a dating section.

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  • The Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. They also offer telephone friendship, matching volunteers with older people based on their interests,  plus facilitated group calls, and helping to connect people with local services in their area. Call Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90.

    The Silver Line helpline number