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Briggs’ praise for Silver Line Scotland.

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, is commending the Silver Line Scotland charity that provides a free helpline for older people who may go for days without seeing or talking to anyone. Lothian constituents have told Miles that the helpline- staffed by volunteers- is a life line which they greatly value. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion today paying tribute to the charity and those who volunteer for it.

Speaking today Miles, who is also the Scottish Conservative Spokesman for Mental Health, said:

“ Loneliness and social isolation among our older residents is very big challenge for our society and Silver Line Scotland’s helpline is an innovative way of helping to tackle this. Social isolation can lead to mental health problems in the elderly and those who may be bereaved or housebound and hearing a friendly voice at the end of a phone can make a real difference.

“ Lothian constituents have told me how much they value the Sliver Line Scotland helpline and I pay tribute to the many volunteers locally who give their time to man the helpline. I encourage others to consider volunteering for the charity and supporting our older people.

“ All calls are treated in the strictest confidence and guidance can also be given if any older person feels that they are being neglected or abused.”

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* Please see below Miles’ motion as lodged today.

* Silver Line Scotland can be contacted on 0800 4 70 80 70 and anyone who wishes to volunteer should email volunteering@thesilverline.org.uk

Silver Line Scotland

That the Parliament welcomes the continuing good work of Silver Line Scotland which is a telephone helpline based support system for older people- 0800 4 70 80 70; understands that the Silver Line Scotland charity, in partnership with Age Scotland, offers the free, 24 hours a day, confidential helpline which provides information, friendship and advice for people in later life; is aware that Silver Line Friends can arrange to call or write to isolated older people on a regular basis while elderly people can also join a Silver Circle regular group call on subjects of mutual interest; commends all who work for and volunteer with Silver Line Scotland, and wishes it continued success in the future as it provides what it considers is a very valuable and important service which plays a vital part in tackling loneliness and social isolation among many elderly, bereaved and housebound people.

 

 

Miles Briggs