Elderly Care

First Contact scheme

First Contact helps those aged over 60 access a range of information to live independently at home and be more mobile.

The scheme uses a simple, quick and easy checklist of questions, which enables staff and volunteers to ascertain the needs of the person.

Find out more here

You can pick up the checklist from South Gloucestershire libraries or One Stop Shops and complete it yourself.

You may prefer to download the First Contact Postcard, complete it and return to the Freepost address on the form.

Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale

The Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale is a questionnaire designed to reveal the everyday ability of people who have memory difficulties of one form or another.

Silver Line

Free phone support for older people, 24 hours a day.

Telephone: 0800 4708 090

Website: www.thesilverline.org.uk

Age UK

Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We believe in a world where everyone can love later life and we work every day to achieve this.

Telephone: 0800 169 2081

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk

Contact the Elderly

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon gatherings for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation. Once a month, normally on a Sunday afternoon, each older guest is collected from their home by a Volunteer Driver, and taken to a Volunteer Host’s home, where they join a small group for refreshments, talk and companionship. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the charity’s drivers and older guests remain the same. This means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Telephone: 01225 873 812

Email: helen.ker @contact-the-elderly.org.uk

The Retreat Memory Café – Soundwell

The café runs on the second Monday of every month and is open to those with dementia, and their carers. There are fun activities, crafts, singing and invited speakers. It’s a great opportunity to meet, socialise and relax in a caring environment.

Telephone: 01454 868570

Website: southernbrooks.org.uk

Email: dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk


Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia.

Telephone: 0800 888 6678

Website: www.dementiauk.org