Contact the Elderly is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. In Wolverhampton there are currently three volunteer led groups and it is expected that this will increase as applications from volunteers and guests are received.
Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone. Offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.
Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. 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.
Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.
The groups consist of :-
Volunteer drivers - who are DBS and reference checked
Volunteer hosts - the house needs to have easy access (no more than 2 or 3 steps) and a downstairs toilet
Volunteer Group Coordinator - who ensures the tea parties run smoothly
Elderly guests - 75+ who live alone
The charity Contact the Elderly has a small head office in London and a network of regional offices across the country. For further details please visit our website.