Like Tea and Cakes?

Categories: Kingswells | Author: Administrator | Posted: 26/03/2015 | Views: 889
Contact the elderly is looking for more volunteers.

Contact the Elderly celebrates four years in Aberdeen and has been offering tea parties to those aged 75 and over who live alone for four years. The charity has been as a described as a social lifeline for its guests and is incredibly popular in the area with four groups, all of which are thriving.

Contact the Elderly in Aberdeen has been offering tea parties to those aged 75 and over who live alone for four years. The charity has been as a described as a social lifeline for its guests and is incredibly popular in the area with four groups, all of which are thriving.

This Sunday, (29th) a party is taking place at the Palm Court Hotel to celebrate the four year birthday and guests and volunteers will be treated to a visit from Mark McDonald, MSP for Aberdeen.

The tea party itself is a simple event. Volunteer drivers collect guests from their home and join them for afternoon tea at a volunteer host’s home. The parties tend to welcome around six guests and four drivers, and take place monthly on a Sunday afternoon. It is all designed to provide people who are more often than not alone, with some company and enjoyment.

Morna O’May, East Scotland Development Officer for Contact the Elderly, said: 

“Our guests really look forward to the monthly tea parties and I’m sure there are many more people in Aberdeen who could benefit from this terrific service if we had more volunteer drivers and hosts. 

“We hope spreading the word will encourage both guests and volunteers to get in touch. The charity is based on such a lovely idea and the time you need to donate is modest- but immeasurable to what people get from an afternoon socialising with others.

“We are also currently looking for a second group co-ordinator. Someone to help the current co-ordinator with the groups. If you think you might like to donate some time to this worthy cause please get in touch.”

A host welcomes the group once or twice a year and must have an accessible home, with no more than a few stairs to climb, and a downstairs toilet. 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.  

Contact the Elderly has 85 groups throughout Scotland which support 764 people aged 75 and over through its network of 1,035 volunteers.

To join the monthly tea parties or find out how you can volunteer with Contact the Elderly please get in touch with Morna O’May- morna.o'may@contact-the-elderly.org.uk / 01786 871264.


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