Contact the Elderly

Charity Urgently Appeals For Volunteers To Help Combat Loneliness Among Older People In Loughborough

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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 Loughborough to spare just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties for older people – and enjoy a cuppa and a cake themselves!

The charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated people, aged 75 and above, who live alone, by organising free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people 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 is hoping to set up a new group in Loughborough, however, it is currently struggling to recruit: volunteer drivers who are able to pick up the older guests from their homes and accompany them to the gathering each month, volunteer hosts to welcome the group into their homes for tea once or twice a year and a volunteer coordinator to help organise the monthly tea parties.

Contact the Elderly’s Midlands Development Officer, Pamela Walker, said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but our hopes of extending this lifeline to older people in Loughborough 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! And for those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve a couple of hours once or twice a year. 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.”

Loughborough residents interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly once a month as a driver, or twice a year as a host, can contact Pamela Walker, Midlands Development Officer on  0121 603 1331 or email: [email protected]

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