Could you host a tea party for elderly people in Harpenden?

PUBLISHED: 14:01 06 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 August 2018

A Contact the Elderly tea party.
Picture: Contact the Elderly

A Contact the Elderly tea party. Picture: Contact the Elderly


National charity Contact the Elderly is calling on volunteers to help tackle loneliness in Harpenden.

Contact the Elderly is a UK charity tackling isolation among people aged 75 and over, and is urgently looking for people to host a tea party for one Sunday afternoon a year - opening up their home, cafe or restaurant to a small group of elderly residents.

The charity is also looking for volunteer drivers to collect the tea party guests, and would like to hear from anyone who lives in Harpenden and has a few hours to spare once a month on a Sunday afternoon.

National support officer Jo Hobson said: “We’re committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but this lifeline in Harpenden is currently under threat, due to a real shortage of volunteer hosts and drivers in the area.

“Our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests, so I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

The tea parties run on the third Sunday of every month from 2pm to 4pm.

Anyone who wants to be a volunteer host for one or two Sundays a year, or a volunteer driver once a month, should contact Jo Hobson on 01568 605033 or email Jo.Hobson@contact-the-elderly.org.uk.

You can also freephone 0800 716543.

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