New group for old folk

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Contact the Elderly, the charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is inviting local residents to join a new group in Mansfield and Ashfield - and enjoy monthly free Sunday afternoon tea parties.

The charity, with the support of a volunteer network, aims to relieve the loneliness and social isolation of people over the age of 75 who live alone - without the help of nearby family - by organising monthly Sunday tea parties for small groups of older people within their local community.

Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon.

The group is welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same, allowing friendships to develop.

And whilst other local services may be under the threat of cutbacks, Contact the Elderly is actively looking to open a new group in Mansfield to support local older people.

Contact the Elderly’s Midlands Development Officer, Pamela Walker, said: “We want to make people aware that this new local group is looking for guests and to encourage anyone interested in coming along, or those who know of people to whom it might appeal, to get in touch with us.

“Our friendship groups represent a great opportunity to make new friends within the community, to get out of the house, and to generally have a good time.”

l Mansfield and Ashfield residents over the age of 75 who live alone, without the support of family and friends, and who are interested in joining the Contact the Elderly group, should contact Pamela on 0121 603 1331 - e-mail pamela.walker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk