Charity in appeal for volunteers

A charity is urgently appealing for volunteers to help combat loneliness among older people.

Contact the Elderly is appealing for volunteers living in Cramlington, to spare a few hours a month to help run local tea parties.

The charity aims to relieve the acute situation of isolated older people by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities – providing a regular and vital friendship link every month.

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

In Cramlington the charity is currently struggling to recruit volunteers.

Contact the Elderly’s north east development officer Sheila Ryder said: “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.”

Cramlington residents interested in volunteering can contact Sheila on (01434) 672110.