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Contact the Elderly

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.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kath Davies
Contact Position
West Midlands Development Officer
West Midlands Local Contact 01743 232992
National Office London 020 7240 0630
National Office Freephone 0800 716543
Contact the Elderly

Where to go

Contact the Elderly

There are currently three Contact The Elderly groups in Wolverhampton.

One is situated in/around Willenhall

One is situated to the west of Wolverhampton

One is situated in central Wolverhampton

The postcode given is for central Wolverhampton not an exact group location.

The monthly tea party venue varies according to where the host lives.


Time / Date Details

When is it on
One Sunday afternoon a month (date varies)
Time of day

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Applications can be made either by

Completing a paper application form available from the regional development officer Kath Davies 01743 232992

Applying via the website

Being referred by a GP surgery or WVSC Social Prescribing Team

On receipt of an application the Development Officer will check eligibility and availability within the local groups. If there is no immediate vacancy the guest will be kept on a waiting list and contacted when a space becomes available. 

Record Last Updated on: 29/03/2018

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