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Fancy a Sunday tea party?

Posted on October 31 2011 at 4:00:41

A charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people is looking for volunteers to help elderly residents make friends.

Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon Tea Parties for small groups within local family homes, and is currently seeking more volunteers in the Alvechurch, Redditch and Bromsgrove areas.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home where the small group enjoys sandwiches and cakes, and a good chat. 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.

Just once a year, volunteer hosts welcome a group of 8-10 elderly people and three to five drivers to their home for Sunday Afternoon Tea. If you want to be a host, your home needs to have a downstairs loo, not too many steps and a big teapot! 

Just once a month, volunteer drivers each collect two or three elderly members, travel together to a different host’s home each month, join in with the refreshments and chat, then take their passengers safely home.

This is a completely free service and although the charity already has a host in Alvechurch, it would now like to set up a group in the village or nearby. Contact the Elderly is looking for three to five volunteer drivers and six to nine hosts living locally.

With just one tea party per month, this is an ideal volunteering opportunity for those who lead busy lives and don’t have the time for weekly commitments.

Sunday can be the loneliest day of the week when you are elderly and live alone. A Sunday afternoon tea once a month, with a group of friends in a family home, makes all the difference.  Conversation, friendship and laughter, some sandwiches, cake and cups of tea have a fantastic effect on everyone involved.

If you are looking to improve the lives of elderly people while drinking copious amounts of tea, enjoying a slice of cake and sharing stories, the organisers would love to hear from you!

Can you help us by volunteering as a driver (once a month) or host (once a year)? Do you know any elderly residents who would be interested in joining a local group?  If so, contact Pamela Walker on freephone 0800 716 543, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

More info at http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

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