Appeal for volunteers

Contact the Elderly, the charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is urgently appealing for volunteers living in Mansfield to spare just a few hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties for the elderly – and enjoy a cuppa and a cake themselves.

The charity aims to relieve the loneliness of elderly people, aged 75 and above, who live alone, by organising free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties.

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, talk and companionship.

The charity has set up a new group in Mansfield and needs to recruit a volunteer driver who is able to pick up the older guests from their homes and accompany them to the gathering each month - as well as volunteer hosts to welcome the group into their homes for tea twice a year.

Contact the Elderly’s Midland’s development officer, Pamela Walker, said: “Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and a capacity for drinking tea, is eligible!

“And for those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve a couple of hours twice a year. It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests.”

l Contact Pamela on 0121 603 1331 or email pamela.walker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk