COMPANIONSHIP FOR THE ELDERLY
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 email@example.com.
For The Lee and Wendover group contact Anthea Hartley on 01494 837372 or bassibones@ yahoo.co.uk.
Visit www.contact-theelderly .org.uk for more information.