Urgent appeal by Contact the Elderly for tea party volunteers to avoid group’s closure

Contact the Elderly is seeking volunteers
Contact the Elderly is seeking volunteers
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Contact the Elderly, the only charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is urgently appealing for volunteers living in Grantham to spare just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties.

The charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people, aged 75 and above who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities – providing a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver, and is taken to a volunteer host’s home, where they join a small group for tea, chat and companionship. The charity’s existing group in Grantham is currently under threat due to a lack of volunteers and in order to keep the monthly tea parties going it is in need of volunteer drivers who are able to collect older guests from their homes and accompany them to the gathering each month and a volunteer coordinator to help organise the monthly tea parties.

Contact the Elderly’s Midlands and North West development officer Prabina Lord said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but our hopes of continuing this lifeline to older people in Grantham are currently fading due to a real shortage of volunteers in the area.

“Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and a capacity for drinking tea, is eligible!

“For those interested in becoming a host, it would involve just a couple of hours once or twice a year and only a little extra regular commitment to be a coordinator. It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests, so I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with me as soon as possible.”

Grantham residents interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly once a month as a driver, twice a year as a host, or as a coordinator can contact Prabina Lord on 0161 460 2950 or email prabina.lord@contact-the-elderly.org.uk