Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - CON­TACT THE EL­DERLY Che­sham, The Lee and Wen­dover

THE long win­ter evenings and in­clement weather can make an older per­son feel iso­lated and de­pressed. How­ever, Con­tact the El­derly is an or­gan­i­sa­tion whose aim is to re­lieve the loneliness that can be ex­pe­ri­enced by older peo­ple liv­ing on their own and who have lit­tle con­tact with their family.

The lo­cal group will typ­i­cally con­sist of no more than 12 guests over the age of 75 who live on their own and have dif­fi­culty get­ting out and about or mak­ing close con­tact with their family and friends. A mem­ber of the team will host a tea party in their house once a month for the guests, driv­ers will col­lect them from their homes and de­liver them back again after the tea party.

Con­ver­sa­tion, cou­pled with the shar­ing of life­time ex­pe­ri­ences and anec­dotes, topical dis­cus­sion and lo­cal news en­sures an en­joy­able and in­ter­est­ing af­ter­noon with the op­por­tu­nity to make new friends and ac­quain­tances.

The tea par­ties take place once a month on a Sun­day af­ter­noon, be­tween 3pm and 5pm, in a cosy sit­ting room in the win­ter or in a sunny gar­den in the sum­mer. The vol­un­teers do their best to make guests feel at home and wel­come them like a mem­ber of the family.

There is no charge or cost in­volved with join­ing a group, the or­gan­i­sa­tion is en­tirely run by vol­un­teers who have been se­cu­rity checked and the or­gan­i­sa­tion it­self is a reg­is­tered na­tional char­ity.

If you, a friend, a neigh­bour or a mem­ber of your family would like to join ei­ther the Che­sham or The Lee and Wen­dover groups, please give the lo­cal co­or­di­na­tors a call.

For the Che­sham group con­tact David Barnes on 01494 581069 or dnbarnes2002@ya­

For The Lee and Wen­dover group con­tact Anthea Hart­ley on 01494 837372 or bassi­bones@ ya­

Visit www.con­tact-theelderly for more in­for­ma­tion.

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