Raising a cuppa to making new friends with Contact the Elderly

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A Bearsden woman hosted the area’s first Contact the Elderly Tea Party recently to help older people make new friends and feel less isolated.

The 50-year-old charity saw its new tea party group launched at volunteer host Ingrid’s home in Bearsden.

With an impressive spread of sandwiches and cakes provided by Ingrid, conversation flowed with the event marking the start of new friendships and great afternoons for guests and accompanying volunteers.

Janice Kerr, Central Scotland development officer for Contact the Elderly, said: “We are delighted to launch our first tea party for Bearsden and Milngavie, where the older population can now benefit from the support and wonderful friendships these events bring.

“Thanks to Ingrid’s fabulous hospitality, and the generous donation of volunteers’ time, this was a lovely afternoon and we’re sure there will be many more to come.

“If you or anyone you know would like to find out more about how Contact the Elderly’s tea parties could enhance your life, either as a guest or a volunteer, we’d love to hear from you.”

Contact the Elderly, which offers a lifeline of support and friendship, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The charity organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for those aged 75 and over who live alone.

A volunteer host welcomes a small local group of around six guests and four volunteer drivers, who collect guests from their homes, for a Sunday afternoon tea party. Across Scotland, Contact the Elderly supports 764 people aged 75 and over through its network of 1,035 volunteers.

Tea parties are made possible thanks to its fantastic volunteers, hosts and drivers, and potential volunteers are invited to get in touch.

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity, which since inception has focussed solely on relieving the acute loneliness and isolation of older people who live alone, without family, friends or other support networks nearby.

The Contact the Elderly model is based on a simple yet very effective model: free, monthly tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers within their community - which bring all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone something to look forward to.

Anyone who would be willing to host a tea party or if they are interested in attending as a guest, or knows somebody who may benefit, is invited to contact Janice Kerr, Contact the Elderly Central Scotland development officer on 01236 898613; or you can get in touch by emailing janice.kerr@contact-the-elderly.org.uk