Retford: Volunteers needed to help run tea parties for the elderly

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Contact the Elderly is urgently appealing for volunteers living in Retford to spare just a few hours each month to help with the running of tea party.

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

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 has set up a new group in Retford, however, it is currently struggling to recruit volunteer drivers who are able to pick up the older guests from their homes and accompany them to the gathering each month and volunteer hosts to welcome the group into their homes twice a year.

The charity’s Midlands development officer, Pamela Walker, said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but our hopes of extending this lifeline to even more elderly people in Retford are currently fading due to a real shortage of volunteers in the area.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Pamela on 0121 603 1331 or email pamela.walker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.

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