Tea party for elderly

Contact the Elderly is launching a tea party group for older people.
Contact the Elderly is launching a tea party group for older people.

A national charity is launching a tea party group for older people in Cramington this weekend.

Contact the Elderly is launching the group on Sunday, July 19, for people aged 75 and over to provide a regular and vital friendship link every month.

The charity aims to relieve the loneliness of isolated older people who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities.

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.

Residents interested in volunteering can call (0191) 242 0186 or email valerie.walker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk

Contact the Elderly’s Cramlington development officer, Valerie Walker, said: “We’re delighted to be opening a new group in Cramlington and to ensure these tea parties are as successful as others held across the UK, we urgently need the support of the local community.

“Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and loves drinking tea is eligible.

“And for those interested in becoming a host, it would just involve 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’d encourage anyone interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”