Age Scotland Helpline
The Age Scotland helpline is a free, confidential phone service for older people, their carers and families in Scotland. Our team provide information, friendship and advice.
Our helpline is free to call and available Monday - Friday 9-5pm.
Call us today on 0800 12 44 222.
Call us for advice about:
- local services and opportunities
- benefit entitlements
- care rights
- housing options and heating
- legal issues such as Power of Attorney
We can also signpost or refer you to a specialist or local service which can help you, or an opportunity to get out and about locally. We also have a Community Connecting service which aims to help connect our callers with what is available locally.
Call our friendly team for a chat too; later life can bring times when you need someone to listen.
Thank you so much for being there for me this morning you have no idea how much it meant to have an adult conversation…the lady was the first person I had spoken to properly for seven weeks.
You’re the first person to talk sense about this. I wish I’d called you first. I’m keeping a note of your number and I’ll always call Age Scotland first in the future.
I didn’t know where to turn and I just feel so relieved now. I’m looking forward to this weekend and I wasn’t looking forward to the last
Thank you so much, you’ve been wonderful. You’ve made it so easy for me. To tell you the truth I’ve never asked for anything in my life and I was terrified.
Get in touch on 0800 12 44 222
If there's something we can help with or you're not sure where to turn, contact our team today. Call us Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm or email us.
How we have helped our callers
Helping people access their entitlements
With an increasing older population and many more older people struggling to access their rights and entitlements, the Age Scotland helpline received an increased volume of benefit checks this financial year compared to last year.*
Many callers are interested to know about entitlement to pensions credit, housing benefit, cares allowance, council tax support and attendance allowance.
There has been much publicity this year about the changes to mixed age couples’ entitlements and we believe this has contributed to the increase in demand of our National Helpline service.
*1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019
Supporting people with their housing needs
Our advisors can help people facing any challenges in later life but housing is one of the top 5 reasons for callers to get in touch with us.
Changes in circumstances can mean that alternative housing options need to be explored and we can offer the best advice on where to begin. Often we will be able to give advice on how to make homes more energy efficient or to make home adaptations that may help mobility for the individual or carers to enable people to stay in their homes longer.
Help us support more older people
Demand for our vital services is increasing rapidly. Please help us to be there for older people in Scotland who desperately need us during this crisis.