Tea and cake on offer for volunteers to Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly, a charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is urgently appealing for volunteers living in Croydon to spare a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties – and enjoy a cuppa and a cake themselves.

Ladies laughingThe charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people, aged 75 and older, 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 is hoping to set up a new group in Croydon. However, it is currently struggling to recruit: volunteer drivers who are able to collect 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.

“The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but our hopes of extending this lifeline to even more older people in Croydon are fading due to a real shortage of volunteers in the area,” said the charity’s regional official, Cliff Rich.

“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.”

Croydon residents interested in volunteering can contact Cliff Rich on 020 7240 0630 or email cliff.rich@contact-the-elderly.org.uk

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