Contact the Elderly wants volunteers for new group

Contact the Elderly
Contact the Elderly

A charity dedicated to tackling loneliness among older people is appealing for volunteers living in the Belper area.

Contact the Elderly is calling on people to spare just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties.

The charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people, aged 75 and above, who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities – providing a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Contact the Elderly’s Derbyshire Development Officer, Angela Handforth said: “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 Belper, 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.”

Belper residents interested in volunteering can contact Angela on 0114 230 2343 or angela.handforth@contact-the-elderly.org.uk