Mansfield tea parties to relieve elderly’s loneliness

Older people who are lonely or isolated can join a new group in Mansfield for a few hours of tea, chat and companionship every month, thanks to Contact the Elderly.

The charity, with the support of a volunteer network, organises free tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and above, who live alone and would appreciate some company on a Sunday afternoon.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. A different host welcomes the guests each month but the drivers remain the same, which helps friendships develop.

The new Mansfield group has recruited 13 volunteer hosts and drivers but needs to attract at least three more guests to make the tea parties a success.

One guest Bert (88), relies on Contact the Elderly for the chance to get out, meet people and socialise.

He said: “I don’t get many people visiting and am short of company. The tea parties give me someone fresh to talk to and I look forward to them, as there aren’t many highlights in my life.”

Contact the Elderly’s Midlands Development Officer Pamela Walker said: “The tea parties are a great opportunity to get out of the house and make new friends and can be a real tonic against loneliness.”

Contact Pamela Walker, Midlands Development Officer, on 0121 603 1331 or email pamela.walker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk