Project ap­peals to the el­derly

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

An ap­peal has gone out to wel­come more el­derly peo­ple to a life­line project.

A char­ity that pro­vides tea, cake and con­ver­sa­tion in Dun­fermline is look­ing for new guests to join its monthly gath­er­ings.

For al­most 10 years, Con­tact the El­derly has of­fered a valu­able life­line of friend­ship to older peo­ple who live alone in the town.

Guests are col­lected by a vol­un­teer driver who ac­com­pa­nies them to an af­ter­noon tea in a vol­un­teer host’s home one Sun­day af­ter­noon a month.

The char­ity’s re­search shows that three-quar­ters of older peo­ple find Sun­day a par­tic­u­larly lonely day and feel hap­pier be­cause of the tea par­ties.

Lorna Dun­bar, sup­port of­fi­cer for Con­tact the El­derly, said: “Our Dun­fermline group are a lovely bunch and they have space to ac­com­mo­date new guests. They have a won­der­ful time each month, shar­ing sto­ries over a de­li­cious af­ter­noon tea and would be de­lighted to wel­come some new faces to the gath­er­ings.

“It may seem a lit­tle daunt­ing at first but guests have re­peat­edly told us it is the best thing they have ever done and they have greatly im­proved their lives.

“If you, or some­one you know, would ben­e­fit from join­ing Con­tact the El­derly, we would be de­lighted to hear from you and share more in­for­ma­tion.”

Con­tact Lorna on lorna.dun­bar@con­tact-the-el­derly.org.uk or call 01738 730249.

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