A “lifeline” charity tea group is urgently appealing for volunteer drivers to transport elderly people to a regular event in Arnold.
Contact the Elderly, a UK charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, hs been providing social gatherings for over 75s in Nottinghamshire since 2012.
The event in Arnold is one of four taking place in the county, with Nottingham City, West Bridgford and Hucknall playing host to the other gatherings.
The success of these group events has resulted in 95% of the elderly people attending saying these charity tea parties now give something to look forward to
The charity is now calling on volunteers with transport to help pensioners across the borough ‘drive away loneliness’ by taking them to the event in Arnold.
Contact the Elderly’s support officer, Chloe Brown, said: “We need volunteer drivers who can escort the older guests to and from the tea party.
“Drivers will need to have a valid driving licence with their own car and be available one Sunday a month. It’s not a big commitment, so if you have a couple of hours to spare once a month then please get in touch.”
Emma Duggan volunteers as a driver for the Nottingham group. She said she signed up to support as she wanted to ‘give something back to the community.
She said: “I’m in a very lucky position to be surrounded by caring, supportive friends and family, but there are a significant number of older people across the UK who are extremely lonely and isolated. I wanted to dedicate some of my time to give them the means to get out of the house, socialise and enjoy some fantastic tea and cakes from the amazing hosts.”
Emma added: “Not only do the older guests really appreciate what we do for them, they bring happiness to my Sunday. I love chatting away with all of them, especially as I don’t live close to my grandparents.
“Older people have so many great stories and such brilliant advice to offer – it really does work both ways. I would definitely recommend anyone who can spare a couple of hours a month to volunteer some time to this brilliant charity.”
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for Contact the Elderly, or if you know someone aged 75 and over who is living alone in Nottingham or the surrounding areas who could benefit from coming along to a tea party, get in touch by calling 0800 716 543 (freephone) or visiting www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk.