The Silver Line

The Silver Line (TSL) is a national 24 hour a day 365 day a year help, support and befriending line for older people. Launched in November 2013, TSL offers an extensive telephone and letter support service the journey with which begins with our 24 hour helpline which can be accessed by people on an “as and when” basis on top of any other on-going support. Callers are triaged by the helpline and appropriate referrals are made there and then, particularly if there is any possibility of abuse or there are any concerns regarding safeguarding. People who wish to receive regular telephone calls are then assessed and matched with trained volunteers for weekly conversations. While this process is taking place callers receive ‘keep in touch’ calls. TSL offers information, friendship and advice and, where appropriate, links callers to local groups and services. TSL complements other voluntary sector services for older people.

10 February 2016
Care, Clinical Commissioning Group, Faith Groups, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Membership Organisations, Telecare, Voluntary Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Commissioners Sector
Local Alliances:
Pan Essex Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Silver Line is a support and helpline service dedicated to improving the lives of older people.  As such our service deals with older people who have, or are developing, dementia of all kinds or supporting those providing care to people with dementia.  Our highly trained helpline staff are skilled at providing support to people with dementia over the phone and are 2000 volunteers who provide befriending calls on a weekly basis are in touch with their volunteer managers across the country who can provide help and reassurance to them should they be having any difficulty.  TSL sees one of its strengths as its knowledge about and ability to signpost to local services such as local Alzheimer's Society branches which we do regularly.  The Silver Line looks forward to local communities becoming more dementia friendly.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The challenges we face delivering these outcomes for older people with dementia from an organisational perspective are appropriate training for staff and volunteers, ensuring that the values of TSL which include the acceptance and support of all older people are maintained and permeate the service on an on-going basis.  Providing effective support for volunteers who are providing telephone befriending calls on a weekly basis.  We are in conversation with the Alzheimer's Society about some more intense training for both staff and volunteers.

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2. Actions

  • Training for Staff and Volunteers

    The Silver Line is currently sourcing the most appropriate training for our paid staff and volunteers who provide friendship and support for people with dementia and memory loss on the telephone.  This requires a different set of skills and approaches to face to face relationships and support.


    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Appoint a Dementia Champion

    Appoint a Dementia Champion whose job it is to oversee the engagement with local dementia friendly communities and keep up with best practice so that The Silver Line can best help people with dementia

    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Partnering with other organisations

    Working with other organisations (the Alzheimer's Society and Dementia UK in particular) to enhance The Silver Line service offer to people with dementia and their carers


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member