Volunteers are sought to help elderly

A group supporting isolated elderly people in Whitley Bay is appealing for more support.

The Whitley Bay group of Contact the Elderly is marking the charity’s Golden Jubilee with a special ‘Big FifTEA’ party on April 19.

As the charity celebrates an incredible 50 years of helping isolated older people, I’d urge everyone to support the local group

Judith Cordner

The charity aims to relieve the loneliness of isolated older people, aged 75 and over, by hosting monthly tea parties in the homes of volunteer hosts.

Volunteers are able to provide guests with much-needed contact to make new friendships with local older people and younger volunteers.

Judith Cordner, who set up the Whitley Bay group last year, said: “Around six older guests and the same number of volunteer drivers meet at a tea party each month, hosted in a volunteer’s home and it’s great to see the difference the parties make.

“The older guests are driven to tea parties by the same volunteer every month, so we’ve seen some lovely relationships develop.

“As the charity celebrates an incredible 50 years of helping isolated older people, I’d urge everyone to support the local group – whether by donating, or becoming a volunteer.”

For more contact 0800 716543 or visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

Mary Rance, chief executive of Contact the Elderly, said: “We’re very proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary and are extremely grateful to our incredible volunteers for making our work possible.

“Fifty years is a remarkable landmark and in addition to celebrating our achievements to date we must think about the future of loneliness.

“Contact the Elderly has set ambitious targets to double its service delivery over the next five years.

“In order to accomplish this task, we need as much public support as possible in our Golden Jubilee Year and beyond.”