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A Lifeline of Friendship - Contact the Elderly is a national charity which tackles the acute loneliness of isolated older people, over the age of 75, who live alone with limited support from family, friends and statutory services. What we do - each month on a Sunday afternoon, our volunteer drivers use their cars to take one or two older people to afternoon tea in a volunter host's home, where a small group enjoy warm hospitality and friendship. At the end of the afternoon the volunteers see our guests safely home again. We run local groups throughout England, Wales and Scotland and our service is FREE

How our service can benefit people - There is increasing evidence to show that loneliness and social exclusion are pivotal factors in physical and mental health. Health providers are pleased to refer older people to our service especially those experiencing depression, as regular social contact can help to alleviate this. Our free, monthly tea parties allow older people to remain independent in their homes. whilst ensuring they re-connect with their local communities and can be discretely monitored for signs of anxiety and depression.

Our current opportunities include; Volunteer Group Co-ordinator , Drivers , Tea Party Hosts

Contact:

Kath Davies

Contact the Elderly

102 Portland Crescent

Shrewsbury

Shropshire

SY2 5NW

Tel: 01743 232992

Email: kath.davies@contact-the-elderly.org.uk