Reports on an evaluation of Care Direct, a service launched by the Department of Health piloted in six areas offering information and support to people over 60 and their carers principally through a telephone help-line service. A survey of 600 callers was carried out during 2002. The analysis focuses on the characteristics of users and callers experience of using the service. Concludes that the experience of the first year has been positive, with the service meeting its targets in terms of range and volume of activity, and achieving satisfaction with callers. Highlights future challenges for the service including: whether the service is sufficiently focused on enabling; how well it has succeeded at co-ordinating across services; and improving public awareness and access.