Vol­un­teers needed for a chat over tea

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A char­ity is on the look­out for vol­un­teers to help them set up monthly tea par­ties in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and East Kil­bride.

Con­tact the El­derly, which has three groups in the South La­nark­shire area, are look­ing for kind- hearted peo­ple with a love for tea, cake and chat­ter.

The char­ity hopes th­ese vol­un­teers will help al­le­vi­ate so­cial iso­la­tion for older peo­ple in the area.

They also plan to at­tract up to 10 new guests from the area to join a new tea party at a shel­tered hous­ing com­plex.

Jan­ice Kerr, Cen­tral Scot­land De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer at Con­tact the El­derly, said: “Our par­ties pro­vide an es­sen­tial life­line of friend­ship for older peo­ple who live alone.

“A lot of peo­ple will feel sad to think of older peo­ple feel­ing lonely but will as­sume there is noth­ing they can do or that pro­vid­ing sup­port takes a lot of time, time peo­ple sim­ply don’t have nowa­days as we live in­creas­ingly busy lives – this is not the case.

“Just a few hours once a month, or for our hosts once or twice a year, have an enor­mous pos­i­tive im­pact on our guests.

“For older peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing us, it may seem ini­tially daunt­ing to pick up the phone and ar­range to meet with a whole new group of peo­ple, but our ex­pe­ri­ence shows us that our guests have a won­der­ful time and are so glad they made that step to leave the house and so­cialise with lovely peo­ple in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

“The par­ties are equally en­joyed by our guests and vol­un­teers and I would en­cour­age those in­ter­ested in join­ing in the fun in South La­nark­shire to get in touch.”

Guests should be aged 75 and over and live alone.

Vol­un­teer hosts wel­come groups of be­tween eight and 10 peo­ple into their homes once or twice a year, pro­vid­ing re­fresh­ments.

Hosts’ homes must have no more than a few steps into them, and a down­stairs toi­let.

Vol­un­teer driv­ers col­lect a guest or two one Sun­day af­ter­noon a month, join­ing them at the party be­fore driv­ing them home. The char­ity also has a pool of re­serve driv­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion on join­ing Con­tact the El­derly in South La­nark­shire con­tact Jan­ice on 01236 898613 or Jan­ice. kerr@ con­tact- theelderly.org.uk.

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