Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.
Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. These tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and gives everyone involved something to look forward to each month.
Commenting Roger Williams MP said:
“I was very pleased to join Major Tom Ryan based at Dering Lines, Brecon and local volunteer Rhian Jones on Sunday, for tea at the Officers Mess. I would like to extend my thanks to Tom for inviting the Brecon Group to tea and also to Rhian who is a volunteer and coordinates the Brecon group. This very worthwhile charity ensures that the elderly do not become isolated and lonely giving them something to look forward to every month. In support of this charity I have signed EDM The Power of Contact Campaign calling for Members and the Government to support Contact the Elderly’s Power of Contact campaign to raise £1 million in the Golden Jubilee year to enable the charity to extends its vital hand of friendship to, and create face-to-face happiness links with, many more of the neglected million older people.”