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Volunteers needed to help run special tea parties

Coventry Editorial 10th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

VOLUNTEERS wanting to do their part to help tackle loneliness and isolation among older people in Coventry are needed to help run special tea parties.

Residents who can spare a few hours each month to help with the running of the events for people over the age of 75 are being asked to volunteer with the organisation of monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties.

The events, being ran by Contact The Elderly, will be attended by small groups within city communities – providing a regular and vital friendship links.

Each older guest will be collected from their home by a volunteer driver before they are taken to a volunteer host’s home, where they can join a small gathering for tea, chat and companionship.

The charity needs both drivers who are able to collect older guests from their homes each month and hosts to welcome the group into their homes for tea once or twice a year.

Pamela Walker, the charity’s Birmingham development officer, said they were committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people.

She added they hoped to extend this lifeline to even more older people in Coventry.

“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,” Pamela said.

“And for those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve a couple of hours once or twice a year.

“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.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering should e-mail Pamela.walker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk or call 0121 603 1331 for more.

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