Contact the Elderly needs your help to start new tea party group in Rutland

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Volunteer drivers are being sought for a new group which aims to provide a vital friendship link for people aged 75 and over.

Leading UK charity Contact the Elderly is launching a new tea party group in the county and to help support the newly founded group, the charity is urgently appealing for volunteers in the local community to help.

All they would need to do is spare just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties – and enjoy a cuppa and cake themselves!

The charity aims to relieve the loneliness of isolated older people who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities.

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.

Contact the Elderly’s national development officer, Hannah John, said: “We’re looking to launch a new group in Rutland and to ensure these tea parties are as successful as others held across the UK, we urgently need the support of the local community.

“Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and loves drinking tea is eligible!

“For those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve a couple of hours once or twice a year and the coordinator role only involves a little extra regular commitment each month.

“It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests so I’d encourage anyone interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

To help kick-start the new group in Rutland, Contact the Elderly is looking for volunteer drivers who are able to collect older guests from their homes and accompany them to the tea party 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.

Rutland residents interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly can contact Hannah on 0207 881 2369 or e-mail hannah.john@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.