Vol­un­teers needed to be a life­line for the el­derly

Char­ity needs peo­ple to stop older peo­ple be­com­ing iso­lated

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - Kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VOL­UN­TEERS from Hayes are ur­gently needed by a char­ity ded­i­cated to tack­ling lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion among older peo­ple.

Con­tact the El­derly holds af­ter­noon tea par­ties for the over-75s who live by them­selves once a month on a Sun­day.

Each older guest is col­lected from their home by a vol­un­teer driver and is taken to a vol­un­teer host’s home, where they join a small group for tea, chat and com­pan­ion­ship.

Izzy Wise, Con­tact the El­derly’s north Lon­don de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said: “The char­ity is com­mit­ted to offering a life­line of friend­ship to the old­est and loneli­est peo­ple, but to con­tinue to ex­tend this life­line to older peo­ple in Hayes we really need some new vol­un­teers.”

The char­ity’s ex­ist­ing group in Hayes is cur­rently un­der threat due to a lack of vol­un­teers.

In or­der to keep go­ing it needs more driv­ers as well as hosts to wel­come the group into their homes for tea once or twice a year and a vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor to help or­gan­ise the monthly tea par­ties.

Con­tact the El­derly has more than 565 groups through­out Eng­land, Scot­land and Wales and link ev­ery month to over 4,600 older peo­ple

Ms Wise added: “Any­one who can spare a couple of hours one Sun­day a month, has a driv­ing li­cence, a car and a ca­pac­ity for drink­ing tea is el­i­gi­ble.

“For those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a host, it would in­volve just a couple of hours once or twice a year.

“It’s not a big com­mit­ment and our vol­un­teers gen­uinely get as much out of the ex­pe­ri­ence as our older guests.

“So I’m call­ing for any­one who is in­ter­ested in giv­ing some­thing back to their com­mu­nity to please get in touch with me as soon as pos­si­ble.”

In­ter­ested Hayes res­i­dents should con­tact Amanda Hall, Lon­don vol­un­teer sup­port of­fi­cer, on 020 7240 0630 or email Amanda. hall@ con­tact­the-el­derly.org.uk.

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