Living at home can become harder as you get older, but choosing to move into assisted living accommodation doesn't have to mean losing your independence. Explore the different housing and care options that Abbeyfield can offer you:


​Tel: 01727 857 536


age scotland

We are working towards a Scotland where everyone can love later life. That means inspiring people to see that they can change their own and others' later life for the better, enabling people to make those changes, and supporting those older people who are struggling as they live longer to achieve better, happier, healthier lives.

They supply numerous services.   Check website for details

Benefits Phone line:-   0800 1244222


​Tel: 0800 124 4222


Nobody should be lonely in older age. We believe that loneliness is not inevitable. People of all ages need connections that matter.

But there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK.  They lack the friendship and support we all need.

The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle loneliness in older age.

We are a network of national, regional organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy. We want to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.

We were launched in 2011, are governed by five partner organisations, Age UK Oxfordshire, Independent Age, Manchester City Council, Royal Voluntary Service and Sense, and work alongside more than 3000 supporters. Together we can tackle loneliness and isolation in older age.

Our work is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Tudor Trust, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the John Ellerman Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.

0203 8653908.


contact the elderly

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people through face to face contact.

Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone. Offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.


​Tel: 01786 235 034


glen centre

Places in the centre are by referral from Social work or GP

​Tel: 01479 812 931


grant house

Care Home only (Residential Care) – NHS Owned , Registered for a maximum of 20 Service Users

​Tel: 01479 872 333


hanover housing

 We provide and manage a range of housing and services, mainly for older people. We currently manage more than 5,000 homes throughout Scotland.

We provide a range of housing and tenure types to meet the different support needs of older people, allowing them to retain their independence within a local community and enjoy as much privacy or company as they wish.


​Tel: 01479 810 643


highland senior citizens

Who we are

A Highland-wide network of local voices, joined to be representative of the 77,000 people of the Highlands who are over 55.

We aspire to be independent, well-informed and credible; and above all, to truly empower the voices of senior citizens across Highland.

What we do

Celebrate our contribution to communities

Share good practice in enabling well-being

Inform, support  and achieve positive action for change

Ensure that our voice is heard and impacts decisions that affect us

Collectively advocate for vulnerable older adults to ensure their human rights are respected

How we work

We work with our members, to identify issues that impact their well being.

We undertake research projects to provide evidence for change


​Tel: 07716 884 989


solicitors for older people

We are a group of Scottish Law firms dedicated to providing legal services to older people in a caring and sensitive way. Sometimes older people find it stressful to prepare properly for their future and the future of their families.

We aim to remove the stress of seeing a lawyer. All of our members have signed up to our Code of Practice which we hope will make older people more comfortable in dealing with lawyers.

Our members are diligent, we work hard for clients, we will do work on legal aid where possible, and where legal aid is not available our fees are competitive and affordable.



​Tel: 0800 152 2037


university of the third age

Our Vision

Our Vision is to make lifelong learning, through the experience of U3A, a reality for all third agers.

Our Mission

Our Mission declares our purpose as an organisation and serves as the standard against which we weigh our actions and decisions. It is to:

  • Facilitate the growth of the U3A movement.
  • Provide support for management and learning in U3As.
  • Raise the profile of the U3A movement.
  • Promote the benefits of learning in later life through self-help learning.

The Principles of the U3A Movement

The U3A movement is non-religious and non-political and has three main principles:

The Third Age Principle

  • Membership of a U3A is open to all in their third age, which is defined not by a particular age but by a period in life in which full time employment has ceased.
  • Members promote the values of lifelong learning and the positive attributes of belonging to a U3A.
  • Members should do all they can to ensure that people wanting to join a U3A can do so.

The Self-help Learning Principle

  • Members form interest groups covering as wide a range of topics and activities as they desire; by the members, for the members.
  • No qualifications are sought or offered. Learning is for its own sake, with enjoyment being the prime motive, not qualifications or awards.
  • There is no distinction between the learners and the teachers; they are all U3A members.

The Mutual Aid Principle

  • Each U3A is a mutual aid organisation, operationally independent but a member of The Third Age Trust, which requires adherence to the guiding principles of the U3A movement.
  • No payments are made to members for services rendered to any U3A.
  • Each U3A is self-funded with membership subscriptions and costs kept as low as possible.
  • Outside financial assistance should only be sought if it does not imperil the integrity of the U3A movement.

​Tel: 0800 152 2037

CARR COMM  - A helping hand with Self Directed Support (SDS) in our communities

Please see main item in Carers section