Stephen Nolan takes your calls to find out how you have coped with Christmas. Whether it's been a festive time with family, or a bittersweet day with painful memories or time spent alone, he wants to hear how Christmas has been for you.
Call 0500 909 693 (free from most landlines but some networks and mobile operators will charge). Text 85058 (charged at your standard message rate). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone or email or find the details for the local branch online.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90
The Silver Line is the confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year. Their specially trained helpline staff offer information, friendship and advice, link callers to local groups and services, offer regular befriending calls and protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect.
Helpline: 0800 4 70 80 90
Contact the Elderly is a national charity, which tackles acute loneliness and isolation among older people, aged 75 and above, who live lone without nearby family and friends. Supported by a volunteer network, the charity organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people in the homes of volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales. One Sunday a month each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to the home of a volunteer host, where they join a small group for tea, chat and friendship.
Freephone: 0800 716 543
Royal Voluntary Service is a charity that provides personal, practical support to older people which helps them stay happy, healthy and independent in their own homes. Services such as good neighbours, befriending, home from hospital, community transport and meals on wheels help alleviate the loneliness that can set in when getting out and about is difficult. This support makes a huge difference to the quality of life of older people. If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to hear more about their services, get in touch by phone or via the website.
Phone: 0845 608 0122
FamilyLine’s free confidential helpline can support you if you are experiencing issues concerning isolation or loneliness. They will listen to your worries and concerns while you talk through them in confidence.
Helpline: 0808 800 5678