5th Dec, 2016

Coventry charity which battles loneliness amongst elderly needs volunteers

Coventry Editorial 29th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A CHARITY dedicated to tackling loneliness among city pensioners is urgently appeal for volunteers to prevent it from closing.

Contact the Elderly is calling on Coventry residents to spare a couple of hours each month to help with the running of local tea parties which aim to relieve the isolation many older people feel.

But the charity could be forced to stop its monthly tea parties the service unless kind-hearted Coventrians step in to help – welcoming a small group of elderly people into their homes for tea one or twice a year.

The charity is also seeking a volunteer coordinator to help organise the monthly tea parties. Contact the Elderly’s Midlands and North West Development Officer, Parbina Lord, said the charity’s commitment to offering a ‘lifeline of friendship’ to the city’s oldest and loneliest people was under threat from the shortage of local volunteers.

She added: “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.

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

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

Interested Coventry residents should contact Prabina via email on parbina.lord@contact-the-elderly.org.uk or by calling 01614 60 2950.