New group tack­les el­derly iso­la­tion with tea and chat

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Johnathon Men­zies

A char­ity which pro­vides tea, cake and com­pany to older peo­ple who live alone has launched its third group in Perth.

Con­tact the El­derly or­gan­ises free, monthly Sun­day af­ter­noon tea par­ties – a move which it says turns lone­li­ness into friend­ship for al­most 900 peo­ple through­out Scot­land.

Driv­ers, who give up their time for free, col­lect guests and ac­com­pany them to a fel­low vol­un­teer host’s home where they en­joy hot drinks, bis­cuits, sand­wiches and con­ver­sa­tion.

The ‘Tay’ group launched with a de­li­cious feast and the older peo­ple and vol­un­teers en­joyed chanter mu­sic from one of the guests. There was also a birth­day to cel­e­brate with a cake, can­dle and sing song.

Con­tact the El­derly de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Jen­nifer Kaney said: “It was a fab­u­lous af­ter­noon bring­ing to­gether this new group.

“Within the first half hour it was clear to see they are all go­ing to have a fab­u­lous time to­gether in the months and years to come.

“As peo­ple get older, it can be­come more dif­fi­cult to get out and about and many find them­selves spend­ing more and more time at home alone.

“Our par­ties are here for them to have some­thing to en­joy. Our vol­un­teers have a fan­tas­tic time and lone­li­ness is very quickly turned into friend­ship.

“We are de­lighted to have launched our third group in Perth. We know, though, that there are many more peo­ple we could be of­fer­ing a vi­tal life­line of friend­ship.

“To do this, we need to get in touch with them and en­cour­age more time to do­nate a lit­tle time to make an im­mea­sur­able dif­fer­ence to the lives of older peo­ple who live alone.”

Con­tact the El­derly is sup­ported by the play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

To find out more about be­com­ing a guest or vol­un­teer of Con­tact the El­derly lo­cally, con­tact Jen­nifer by send­ing an email to jen­nifer.kaney@con­tact­the-el­ or call­ing 01786 235034.

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